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Here’s What Keeps Teachers on the Job

Over the past few years, there have been countless reports of teachers considering leaving the profession, fed up with the stress, pay, and other challenges. But what keeps them in it?

As part of a special new project, The State of Teaching, Education Week reporters asked five teachers from across the country what keeps them in the classroom, and what has improved in the profession since they began teaching.

Their answers reveal the best parts of teaching—the meaningful interactions with students, the freedom to design interesting and engaging lessons, and the feelingof making a difference. And despite the challenges of the last few years, teachers have also noticed positive shifts in education.

These answers have been edited for length and clarity.

What keeps you in the profession?

What has improved in the profession since you began teaching?

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