Discouraged new teacher

Discussion in 'General Education' started by alifoo, Oct 16, 2012.

  1. alifoo

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    I went to school to teach because I wanted to teach reading/English. Last school year was my first year teaching. I taught middle school science and it was a temporary position. I had a pretty challenging year. This year, after applying for every job I was qualified for within a 100 mile radius, I was offered two jobs, both teaching eighth grade math. Math has never been a strong point of mine, and I didn't feel comfortable taking a position teaching math. This fall, I was given the opportunity to take additional classes for certification to be a media specialist. The library classes are not what I expected, and I do not know if I want to finish the program. I'm at a loss as to what to do. I don't know if I should look for a job teaching next semester, continue with the library science program, or consider another career all together (doing what I do not know). Sorry for the length and whining. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
     
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  3. Reality Check

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    If you're not certified in math, how did you get offered two math positions? On the one hand, you mentioned you applied for every job you were qualified for and on the other hand you say math has never been a strong point of yours.

    :huh:

    Math and science are usually the subjects in-demand.
     
  4. czacza

    czacza Multitudinous

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    You should consider pursuing a second certification as in many middle schools teachers teach two subjects. LA/social studies and math/science seem to be typical pairings. Do you have a reading specialist cert? Would you consider sped certification?
     
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    My advice is for you to look inside yourself and decide do you believe that you have something special to offer in educating students. If you feel you can be that special teacher and have a great desire to learn and grow then go for it! If not, then in my opinion, I believe teaching is too demanding to enjoy as a mediocre teacher. You are the main person who can decide if you have what it takes to be someone who can really make an impact on students. Good luck to you.
     
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    I too thought about library science. I think though, that it doesn't make you any more marketable. I didn't want to invest more money in an education that still wouldn't get me a job.

    Are you in a position to move? Your best bet might be moving a significant distance away.
     
  7. MissFroggy

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    English lit just isn't in demand like math and science! But you're right, you should feel competent and qualified to teach math.

    I was once offered an 8th grade math position. At the time I wanted it because that teacher would also teach a section of video production. But I knew at that point in my life I wasn't ready to take on 8th grade math. I was certified as a K-8 general Ed teacher- so technically qualified for 8thgrade math, even if it wasn't my area of interest (irony is that now I love teaching math and specialize in it!)

    Can you add ELL or literacy specialist endorsements? That would help a lot.

    P.S. I feel for you. I dreamt of doing English lit, drama and video production in a middle school.

    But I have taught in 1-4th grades for the last 9 years. If you get the right job, teaching 4th or 5th grade is great. You can do amazing readers and writers workshop, and read great lit to and with the kids.
     

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