Career Goals

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  1. linswin23

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    As teachers we work very hard. It kills me that many people do not view us as professionals. We are professionals who are educated and who take our jobs very seriously.

    That being said, what are goals for you in terms of your career as a teacher? What do you hope to accomplish by the time you retire?

    Here are mine:

    1. Earn at least a Master's degree (maybe even a Doctoral degree).
    2. Teach English at an advanced level (AP courses).
    3. Possibly earn a Reading Specialist credential.
    4. After having many years of teaching experience, becoming a professor of education/work for a university and research learning and literacy.
     
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    I guess I don’t necessarily see the connection between career goals and professionalism. Often I have known that the principal makes the suggestions and I have seen almost every teacher in the same class just to fulfill the career goal requirement. I wonder how many humble teachers took courses that the principal suggested.
     
  4. BumbleB

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    1. Go back for my Gen. Ed. license (starting that in the spring)
    2. Master's in Ed. Psych.
    3. Teach at the collegiate level
    4. Be a mentor/have a student teacher
    5. Lead PD sessions

    I have more, but those are the main ones I guess...
     
  5. Caesar753

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    This is a tough one for me!

    I've been very fortunate in that I've been able to teach all the classes within my subject that I've wanted to teach--which is to say that I've taught all the classes within my subject that are available--from the first-year, level one course all the way through AP. The truth is that I prefer the lower level courses within my subject. I think I'm an anomaly in that way. :lol:

    I used to always believe that I would remain in the classroom throughout my career. After seven years in the classroom, I'm realizing more and more that that might not be my best option. I'm finding that I'm growing tired of many aspects of classroom teaching--including unreasonable demands from parents and administrators, neverending hoops to jump through even though they don't really seem to help kids in any way whatsoever, large classes, etc. I'm thinking that I might be happier in a non-classroom position, perhaps as a librarian or technology strategist. My concerns, however, are that those positions will be eliminated in the coming years due to budget cuts. This leaves me unsure about what to do with myself.

    I had a masters degree before I began teaching. I've taken a number of additional courses, so I'm currently topped out on the salary schedule as far as education increments. If I do end up going for more coursework, it will be for personal fulfillment or to change content areas.
     
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    In this day of age, when political rhetoric is used as a tool to push agendas, educators are always going to be the scapegoat. Half the country is going to view us as parasites no matter what we do.

    Regardless if I leave public education for the private sector, I will always have ambitious professional goals:

    1. Lead PD in my school
    2. Lead STEM related practices
    3. Build upon my teaching practices every year
    4. Finish my doctoral in leadership
    5. Become fluent in Spanish and Mandarin
     
  7. FourSquare

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    I'd like to do something with new teacher development. Maybe have a student teacher or eventually be an instructional coach. I'm not really sure yet. The goal is learn how to teach well for now. :)
     
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    My next career goal is to retire. Sure, I want to do some awesome things until then...but I have no desire to change positions or earn additional certifications.
     
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    I think where I have learned the most is from classes given by BER and other professional organizations. At least 1/2 of my Master's degree courses were more about writing papers and taking tests than learning--not near as helpful.

    I also have been able to find teachers who are highly successful who share their ideas and let me observe their classrooms. My goal is to become the best teacher I can possibly be and to help my students rise as high as possible. I try to reach as high as I can to make innovative and meaningful lessons. I really don't care how many special pieces of paper I get to show this.
     
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    I'm an SLP (speech-language pathologist) on my 2nd year. My goals are:

    - I'll have my 2nd Masters in 2014 & although I always had getting a PhD in the back of my mind, I've recently made up my mind that I'll be done w/ school this time when I graduate.

    - work for this district for about several more years, then maybe move to another district that has a separate actual SLP payscale in which I'd get paid a LOT more.

    - I could have my own practice someday, but I don't know if I'd want to go through that.

    The thing with my career field is, if I ever get sick of working for the school system, I could work at hospitals, clinics, convalescent homes, make house calls, etc., but I doubt I'll do any of those. I'll never have the amount of days off like I do now.

    Also, as an SLP, there's no way to work one's way up. If one's an SLP, that person is an SLP. There's no varying levels of an SLP when working at school.
     
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    My two biggest goals are to receive doctoral degrees and move into administration.
     
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    Same here.
     
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    I came into teaching in my late 30s so I haven't been in it as long as my same aged peers who went into teaching right after undergrad. I love being in the classroom and already have my Masters degree. I do like trying new things...I've taught grad classes, I'm coaching other teachers this year, I work with our union, tutor, and serve on district and local committees...I stay busy! I haven't ever thought about 'life outside the classroom' though.
     
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    I love teaching and right now my goal is to be a 'master teacher' - someone with lots of experience and the wisdom that goes along with it. I want to stay current with research and use best practices.

    That being said, I would also love to be a literacy coach. But I know I need more experience before I can be confident in a position like that.
     
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    I interviewed for an administrator position in my district in June but didn't receive the offer after the final interview. They went with someone else.

    I'll definitely apply again when a job posting comes up! :)
     
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    I would want to have taught all the math courses that the school offers. Then, I would want to be a Department Chairperson.
     
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    I guess I should have made a plan back in the 70s but I just wanted to teach PE. Then I went back for an MS in Adm. to do that but those jobs became pretty bad (in my district) and my money was Ok. Now my goal is to be the oldest PE teacher in Fla (as long as I can do my same routines with the kids).
     
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    I'm teaching a grade level I love at a school I love, so I haven't really considered any goals. Is that bad?? I know that one thing I would LOVE to do is to be able to figure out exactly how to help struggling readers. None of the tools I have (or the knowledge I have) seems to help much. I have a couple students right now that are not progressing and I have no idea how to help them. I know that if they don't get past this block, their academic future is bleak and it makes my heart hurt =(
     
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    • masters degree in Microbiology
    • develop curriculum for a company like Nova, Smithsonian, Discovery, NYTimes Learning Blog, etc
    • teach at the college level
    • get certified in ELA
    • get involved in education politics at the state level (e.g. sit on working groups)
    • write about education policy and/or issues
    • mentor new teachers
    • much more!
     
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    I started teaching in 1980. With the exception of the 5 years I was home with my kids, I've been doing it ever since. I did act as Department Chair for 8 or 9 years, though that still involved a full teaching load.

    I've done a lot of freelance education writing, and would like to continue doing so as the spirit moves me.

    But mainly my ambition is simply to be the best teacher I can to as many of my students as I can. I love my job, and simply want to do it well.
     
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    I would like to finish my MLA so that I can continue to teach dual enrollment courses. Other than that, I plan to continue to do the best job I can teaching my students.
     
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    As others have said, I don't have goals outside of the school/classroom. I currently have a split position--half time classroom and half time Special Ed. I love both aspects of my job, but find the balance and the workload a challenge, so ideally I would like to have just one. My long term goal is the same as my daily one--to be the best teacher for my students that I can be.
     
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    I'm not sure other professionals get treated any better. I've heard doctors and lawyers complain about clients and patients who simply think they don't know what they're doing and think they know better.

    But my goals are as such:

    1. Clear my credential
    2. Get a research degree in applied physics
    3. Teach at the community college level (concurrently with my current teaching)
    4. Maybe move to teaching High School at some point
     
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    :love:
     
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    Of course, I agree with what others have said about being the best teacher I can.

    Longterm, I would love to get my masters either in guidance and counselling or administration (maybe even special education)... I haven't decided whether I would rather be a guidance counsellor or an administrator... but I think that's several years down the road.

    I think that next year, I would like to start the district's leadership development program.
     
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