Elementary or secondary?

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  1. JDW

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    Jul 21, 2005

    Hello everyone, this is my first time writing and i was hoping for a little advice. I am a 26 year old male who is in college again after 7 years. I am an education major and i dont know whether to do elem. or sec. I like elementary because of the various subjects you can teach, but i also like secondary because i can talk to teenagers about life issues and other topics other than school. I would really appreciate any advice you can give. Thank you and God bless!
     
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  3. mmeblue

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    I would suggest visiting a few classes at each level and observing. You can try to get a feel for which one seems more natural for you. You can see some of the issues that teachers at each level have to deal with - there are some things in common, but there are other things that present themselves differently at the different levels. I don't know where you are, but I know that when I got my certification in Georgia, there were a few required classes that all education majors had to take, regardless of level. I think my sister in Virginia has mentioned something similar there. So if you're just starting out, you'll probably have some time to think about it. Good luck!
     
  4. herins

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    I would strongly suggest volunteering or observing in some classrooms of different ages. I did my degree in Secondary Education, and ended up doing another year and a half in Elementary Ed. when I realized I had made a mistake. Think about all the differences. I'll list some questions for you to ponder. Keep in mind that my frame of reference is elementary as grades k - 6.
    1. Is there one subject that you feel passionate about and can see yourself teaching in the higher grades?
    2. Are you comfortable with young children and their energy, etc?
    3. Are you comfortable with pre-teens and teenagers?
    4. Can you see yourself teaching in every elementary grade, or every secondary grade? If you can only see yourself teaching grades 5 or 6 in elementary, keep in mind that you might get offered a job teaching grade one.

    Ultimately, if you love teaching, you may find yourself wanting every age, which is what happened to me. Surround yourself with experiences as soon as possible! Good luck!
     
  5. Sarah Leigh Ann

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    How about something that is K-12 like ESL (English as a Second Langauge), physical ed, music, art, media specialist, etc. I am an elementary teacher going back to get my ESL endorsement.
     
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    One option to think about is coaching high school in some area. It doesn't have to be sports oriented but your could do debate or something more acedemic if that fits you more. If you are interested in teaching the younger ones but want to make a difference in the lives of older students, this is one way to go.
     
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    I agree with what everyone else said. Observing different levels will give you a feel for what you like and don't like about the grades. But observe more than one class in each level, because that will give you the best idea.

    Also, here's another question to think about: do you prefer to work with just one group of kids or do you like working with many groups? I personally like to work with one, which is why I am a 3rd grade teacher. The gifted and talented teacher at my school works with 6 groups. My dad teaches hs art and he has like 7 or 8 different groups of kids. That preference may play into your decision.

    No matter what you choose, teaching is a great profession and hopefully you will have a wonderful experience! :)
     
  8. camcdade

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    It is of course important for you to determine which level you are most drawn to. But I would like to say that I really wish more men would choose elementary. Male teachers usually choose secondary, but we really need more males in elementary! These young kids really need a positive male role model. For some reason, especially in my district, elementary seems to be full of female teachers with only a male teaching P.E. I have had so many students in the past who I thought would really benefit from having a male teacher. That's just my opinion of course! I hope you can find a way to spend time in both elementary and secondary to see which level fits you best! Best wishes!
     
  9. leighbball

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    My school has a male vice principal, a male instrumental teacher, and a male GT teacher (who is retiring at the end of the upcoming year!). That's it! The only other 3 males in the building are the custodians!
     
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    as a K-12 teacher, may I suggest NOT going K-12.
    You might actually enjoy upper elementary. You get the variety of subjects at a lot of places, but you're dealing with some kids that are starting to really hit the age with some real grown up ideas.
     
  11. Miss W

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    You might even decide to do both. I was Early Childhood Ed. (P-4) and Music Ed. (K-12). We can't make the decision for you. You might even want to consider the 4th-8th grade range.
     

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