What do I love the most about teaching? It might be cheating, but I decided on two things I love most.
One is building relationships. While it is not my job - or my desire - to be my students' "friend" or "buddy," I want to build a solid, trusting relationship with my students. I want them to know I am on their side, and I have their back. I want them to know I care about them as individuals with unique interests, strengths, and personalities.
There is possibly no better motivator for a student - especially for one who finds intrinsic motivation hard to find - than a positive relationship with at least one adult at school.
Another part of teaching I love the most are the "A-Ha!" moments. I love seeing the light bulb come on in a student's head. That moment of understanding, of breakthrough, of "getting it" is incredibly rewarding to me. I love when students realize they CAN understand and be successful with math. I love seeing their confidence grow. As I begin to focus more on developing a growth mindset in my students, I hope to experience more "A-Ha!" moments with them.
There are lots of things I love about teaching. But if I can build rapport and solid relationships with my students and see them experience success and confidence in math, I will be a happy teacher.