I like when I individually tutor my kids after school, and in that 1-on-1 time, it's easier for me to probe their misunderstandings and ask the right guiding questions to get them on the correct track to solving a problem. Then I can use that information later in class because I'm sure that there are others having similar problems.
I like how being part of the public education system and interacting with kids every day forces me to take a deep breath and start anew every day even when I had a rough day yesterday and REALLY disliked a particular kid's behavior. I have learned (mostly :) ) to dislike the behavior and not (mainly) the kid (on a good day). (apparently with all my "(" and ")", I still have some learning to do).
I like how I constantly learn things from my kids. The other day 2 students were talking, and I didn't hear what the boy said, but I heard the girl's response, "wow, that was really gross. I don't know how to respond to that", and how she put it back on the boy instead of being embarassed.