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The 24 Best Parts About Being A Teacher

"Children are all so unique, and being able to watch them grow and progress every day is the best feeling in the world."

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We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us the best part about being a teacher. Here are some of our favorite results:

1. That "oooooh" look on a student's face when they finally get a concept.

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Submitted by Taylor Alexandria

2. The knowledge that I'm playing a little part in shaping a (hopefully) better future.

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Submitted by Samantha Lea

3. Every day is different.

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Submitted by CaliforniaCaitlin

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4. Seeing a child blossom right before your eyes.

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Submitted by Deborah Beatty

5. All the funny comments/compliments I get.

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Submitted by laurak4211fa1a6

6. The daily hugs and high fives.

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Submitted by jessicarosep

7. When the worst student in class finally has a break and behaves well for the whole day!

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Submitted by nicolea4e2519bf9

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8. All the ridiculous things my kids say.

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Submitted by ryant431d83ad4

9. The priceless stories I get to share with my friends.

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Submitted by ameliaw451773908

10. Receiving random gifts from the kids.

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Submitted by morganbuehlera

11. When a student identifies your class as a place they feel safe. That might mean it's a place where they can escape tumultuous home lives, or it's a place where they aren't afraid to take risks, but either way it's a great feeling.

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Submitted by Katelyn Elizabeth

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12. When former students come back to see you because they care about you as much as you care about them.

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Submitted by Manny Aquino

13. Seeing the kids helping one another, both academically and socially, is so gratifying.

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Submitted by sarahm49e4a46cd

14. When students are excited about what you're teaching and want to show their work off to the world because they're so proud of it.

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Submitted by Natalie Schwarz

15. Seeing a kid smile because you made them feel special.

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Submitted by Kaite Lovett

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16. Being the catalyst for change and growth.

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Submitted by Melissa Anne

17. That moment when a wonderful idea comes to your mind and you expand on a topic with great discussions and they can't wait to learn more.

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Submitted by Honora Quinn

18. The best part about teaching is that I can add my own personal "quirks" plus the quirks of my students within the content I teach.

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Submitted by Julia Mazur Stevens

19. Knowing that kids feel comfortable coming to me to talk makes all of the other negative aspects of the job not seem so bad.

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Submitted by jills47e06470c

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20. Seeing the strategies, whether it be academic or behavioral, being used successfully.

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21. When someone you have taught comes back years later and says, "you inspired me to be a teacher."

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Submitted by Carolyn Nickelo

22. Watching students grow and mature.

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Submitted by Mike Zinzahnknow

23. Developing friendships with my students that continue after they leave my class.

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Submitted by mollyp4e13db336

24. And the fact that being a teacher is never boring.

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Submitted by andriab

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