your age when you first started teaching

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  1. dodgerblues

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    how old were you guys when you first started teaching secondary education? did you feel that a young age could is a big factor in how the class perceives you? i only ask because i could potentially get my credential and start teaching while i'm still 22, and it sounds absolutely bizarre!
     
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    24. I suppose it did, just because I was asked often...how old are you? I didn't stew over it. If you are strong at what you do, you'll be fine...i.e. management.
     
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    I actually first started at 21... I graduated college a year early, and began teaching high school. Thankfully, I looked a bit older, and while my age WAS questioned, I never told the students. My friends on the faculty knew, but never students. Most assumed I was in my mid twenties.

    As for teaching high school while being young... it's tricky, but you need to be firm and establish yourself as the authority in the room. The kids will try to walk all over you. Don't let them.
     
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    I was 26 when I started teaching high school. I was 22 when I started teaching college.
     
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    Hello! This is my first post here, but one of the things I am interested in. I am about to be 28, with a few more years left of school. I will be 31 when I am finished with everything and hopefully teaching high school. I feel so old sometimes, but I am just trying to keep my eyes on the prize.
     
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    haha, 31 isn't old at all. i was just curious because i've personally never had a *young* teacher (even for subs), so i've always wondered how they'd do in a classroom setting.
     
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    I was 35!
     
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    I was a month away from turning 22.

    Those first few years I taught mostly frosh and sophs.
     
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    I was 26. I honestly felt bad for my coworkers who were 21 or 22 and looked it. I think they had to cultivate a sense of authority and demand respect more than I did, since they looked so young.
     
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    Kids have horrible perceptions of age (especially the younger ones). I am 19 years old (started subbing at 18) and have been told anything between 16 and 30 years old.
     
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    Michael,
    Where are you that you can sub at 18? Did you start college at 14? Not trying to be snarky... just curious!

    I was 23 when I got my first teaching position. I taught sixth graders, so it really wasn't an issue.
     
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    I will hopefully be 25 when I start teaching high school.
     
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    I'm a career changer, and I was 48.
     
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    With my fall birthday, I was actually in my first classroom when I was 21. I actually had a kid that was 20 in my class.
     
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    I was 22 the first year that I taught and I taught juniors and seniors. My age was not a problem because even though I did not look much older than them, I had been married for a year and was pregnant so they just kind of assumed that I was a little older than I was. I had not graduated in education and wanted to stay home with my children while they were little so I did not accept the position for the next school year. I did eventually go back to school and taught my second year 10 years later at 32.
     
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    I was 24!... I look older then I am, mainly because of facial hair.. so it hasn't been a problem for me.
     
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    I'm a career changer and was 36 when I started teaching high school.

    I knew someone at a middle school I worked at who did one year of high school right out of college and she switched to middle school after one year. Part of the reason was her interest in the middle school curriculum, and part was that she did not feel comfortable teaching students so close in age to herself.
     
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    I was 33 when I started subbing, 36 when I started teaching full time (as a Title I teacher in another teacher's class) and 37 when I was given my own classroom. This was after a decade of wandering aimlessly through finance and banking, kicking myself for quitting the education track at my college. On the other hand, I was too immature to be a good teacher until I hit my 30s, so it was probably for the best.
     
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    I was 22 when I started teaching middle school, 23 when I started teaching high school.

    My first year of high school, the kids asked about my age, but I never told them. I just referred vaguely to the time I spent teaching middle school as if it were longer than a year. I got engaged that year, and by the second year of teaching high school when the kids (mostly 10th graders) couldn't remember the school without me and I was getting married in just a few months, they seemed to start thinking of me as an old lady.

    Now I'd tell them my age, but at 29 with a baby on the way, no one seems that interested. I'm just "old."

    I did have a parent at Back to School Night this year ask me if two years ago, the first time I had her son in class, was my first year. I was really confused: my first year of what? Teaching? It's been such a relatively long amount of time that I was surprised anyone would think I was a "newbie"! This is my 8th year teaching in the district, and I am in the top third of teachers in my department in terms of seniority.
     
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    i wish i could grow a beard. i think i'm forever doomed to look like i'm 20ish until i get gray hair. then i'll look like the 20 year old that got a bad dye job to look older.
     

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