“Why teach?” -- It's a simple question with hundreds, or even thousands, of answers. There are social reasons to teach, philanthropic reasons to teach, economic reasons to teach (for you and your students) and even diplomatic reasons to teach. Every child who would be better off with the guidance and care of a great teacher is another reason to become a teacher.
Despite all these reasons, the most complete answer to the question: “Why should I teach?” is simple and concise: Teach to make a difference. How, where and to whom you make a difference is up to you.
Learn more about how you can make a difference through teaching by exploring the links below:
The 8-week Harvard Bok Teaching Certificate online short course is delivered by Harvard’s Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, in association with HarvardX. Students in this course will engage deeply with the most relevant research on effective teaching methods in the higher education context, while refining their own practices, portfolio, and teaching philosophy.