5 reasons why you, the teacher, should go back to school
No more excuses. You, the teacher, need to go back to school. Education leads to a number of benefits for you, your students, and for your school. Jump right in to getting your education by considering these pros for being back in the classroom as a student.
1.) Professional Enrichment
Your knowledge as a teacher will grow significantly when you pursue a degree that will help you teach better. Many teachers return to school to get a Master’s degree in education and curriculum. They learn current educational theories and classroom practices that will benefit their students and their professional knowledge of teaching. Going to school again can position you to mentor other teachers in school and help you make your classroom a model for others.
2.) Higher Pay
The financial incentive that comes with a higher degree can be just what you need to enroll in college. Many districts and principals offer better pay to teachers who have master’s degrees or Ph.D.’s. Some teachers also receive tuition assistance from their districts as well, helping to offset the costs of university, conventions, or training courses in education.
More education can mean better opportunities for advancement within your district. For example, if you are an English as a second language (ESL) teacher now, you might advance to be head over the ESL teachers in the district, providing them with training and support. Your principal might also call upon you to instruct other teachers in what you have learned. This increases the quality of education at your school.
4.) Better for Your Students
Your students will also benefit from your being better educated. In school, you will learn best practices for designing, supplementing, and delivering curricula to your class. You can better help students on an individual basis as you learn how to serve the needs of various learning styles, for example.
5.) Lifelong Learning
Teachers typically love learning. Being a life-long learner is a good way to keep your mind sharp and to provide your students with a good example. You will feed your personal curiosity about your subject or teaching, and your students will look up to you as a person who is in school, just like them.
The decision to go back to school can be a difficult one to make. However, when you consider the positive aspects of doing so, it is a worthwhile investment on yourself, your students and indirectly the community. You will improve yourself on a personal level, your classroom teaching practices, your students, and your school.