Is anyone thinking about going into administration at some point?

Discussion in 'General Education' started by Caesar753, Jul 29, 2011.

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How will you spend your teaching career?

  1. Become/remain a classroom teacher

    25 vote(s)
    58.1%
  2. Become/remain a school principal or other school-level administrator

    11 vote(s)
    25.6%
  3. Become/remain an administrator at the district office or somewhere outside the school building

    5 vote(s)
    11.6%
  4. I don't want to work in the education field at all

    1 vote(s)
    2.3%
  5. Other

    8 vote(s)
    18.6%
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  1. Caesar753

    Caesar753 Multitudinous

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    Just wondering how many of us are planning on being classroom teachers for the duration of our careers or moving into an administrative position at some point.
     
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  3. smurfette

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    I don't want to be a principal or assistant principal. I would be willing to work in a county office or something like that. More than likely, though, I would go to the private sector if I ever got tired of the classroom.
     
  4. MrsC

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    I don't have the desire to do anything other than teach for the remainder of my career. I thrive on the relationships I am able to develop with the students, and you just don't have that as an administrator. I could see the remote possibility of a consultant/training position, but only if it involved working directly in schools.
     
  5. chebrutta

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    I think I'll stay a classroom teacher for the next 35 years :)
     
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    I can't imagine being outside of the classroom.

    I've told my admins more than once, "I'm glad I don't have your job."

    The only other job in a school that I would consider would be HS Counselor.
     
  7. Mr D

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    I have considered becoming an administrator later on in my career, but I do not plan on doing it any time soon.
     
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    I really enjoy being a classroom teacher, but I can't rule it out completely in the far, far future. At this point, I have no desire to be an administrator, though.
     
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    I have no desire to be an admin. I really like teaching lessons, spending time with my students and developing relationships with them. Meetings and paperwork/documentation are my least favorite part of the job...I can't imagine enjoying doing stuff like that all day and having no teaching time!
     
  10. jenglish97

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    I have my principal and supervisory certificates. However, I am not ready to leave the classroom anytime soon. I do have the option down the road since I am only in my mid-30s. So who knows!

    I love being in the classroom and hopefully will be there for a LONG time! :)
     
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    I don't plan on becoming a principal or other admin, but have thought about becoming a diagnostician.
     
  12. callmebob

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    Why would you get certified for that if you don't plan on using it anytime soon. Paying for it, but not receiving the pay increase?
     
  13. Caesar753

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    The results in my poll add up to 120%. That's a little weird....
     
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    I have no plans on becoming a principal. If I ever left the classroom I would go back to work in the private sector.
     
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    I went back to school to get my second master's degree and thought it would be a good idea to take these classes and get my certifications. I want to leave my options open.

    I felt that this was the right thing for me to do. You never know what life is going to throw out you and I wanted to be able to be ready for that! Like I said, I might become and administrator but not right now.
     
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    Caesar753

    The polls says that 14 people voted and there are 17 votes. I guess you are letting people vote for more than one option if they want too.
     
  17. BioAngel

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    I would like to remain a classroom teacher, but also work in other areas of education. This year I'm taking on the role of curriculum mapping leader, helping the school to develop a plan to increase interdisciplinary collaboration among teachers, and also taking on the task of science curriculum facilitator-- bridging the curriculum from the lower school (where I and another teacher teach science) to the upper school (which has its own science teachers).
     
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    It also says 17 people have voted, but has 20 votes...
     
  19. Caesar753

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    I know that people have more than one option, but I still figured that it would calculate the percents only up to 100. What's the point of having more than 100%?
     
  20. 2ndTimeAround

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    I have no desire to become an admin. If I wanted to be someone's boss I would have followed the path I was put upon and be a plant manager in industry. Managing a classroom full of teenagers (with support from the office) is tons easier than managing a school full of adults.
     
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    If I actually planned on staying in education, I would probably go into administration of some kind.
     
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    I wouldn't want to be administration. This is only my 2nd year teaching, so I'll be in the classroom for a while -- but I would like to get my Master's someday and maybe be a counselor or an educational diagnostician. I'm very drawn to troubled students, as well as special education cases like autism.

    If for some reason, that doesn't happen, I could also see myself working in the publishing industry, like for yearbook publishing companies (I'm a journalism teacher/yearbook adviser).
     
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    I wouldn't want to work in administration but I will be willing to be a special ed. consultant in my district.
     
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    I have my Principal certification, but don't plan on going into administration for a while. This is only my 5th year of teaching, so I think I need a little more experience first.
     
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    I've had my principal's certification since 2008. When I was going through the program initially, I was very excited about pursuing an admin position. Then I went through a very nasty divorce and we suffered a violent family death 6 months later. I figured my daughter needed me at home as much as possible, so I decided to wait until she graduates to look into administration. Right now, I'm very happy with my teaching position, my school and my principal, so I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything. In my heart, though, I believe I would be a good administrator, and I'd like a chance to try it before I retire.
     
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    I think that's because you can choose more than one answer (as I did) if it fits.
     
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    I have no desire to be a principal but I have done a few short-term stints as deputy principal and in a curriculum role. I enjoyed doing both jobs and am happy to do either again, but I think I am happiest as a classroom teacher.
     
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    I have no plans on getting into administration either but I am returning back to school to work on a 2nd Masters this fall. I already have a Masters in Literacy Instruction which means maybe in the future I can be a Reading Coach or Reading Specialist. But my 2nd Masters will me for Library Media Specialist. My goal is to be a school LMS until I retire. After 7 years of being a Head Start teacher and 5 years on the Elementary level, I'm ready to leave the classroom and do something different. But what my Principal goes through (parents, politics associated w/the job, dealing with staff) I wouldn't do that for all the money in the world.
     
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    I was thinking seriously about administration.

    Now, I think I might either drive a pedicab in San Francisco or take the Brewmaster training program at the local university (but there would be math involved, so I'm not sure.)
     
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    I'm fortunate that I get to do a little of both. I'm the director of student activities, and I also teach three freshman English classes. I love getting to know many of the kids in class, and I then have an opportunity to encourage them to get involved in activities. I'm involved in administrative policy-making and committees, but I still get to enjoy the classroom environment.
     
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    When I became a special ed teacher, I knew I didn't want to continue that for the next 35 yrs, but I'd never want to be a P or AP in a million yrs. Ah, I'm glad I switched gears to the SLP field. I could work in a hospital, have my own practice, etc.
     
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    :lol:
    I do that. I am thinking about administration but then I also think about magically becoming a photographer for National Geographic or something equally cool and out of reach.
     
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    When I've hit the five-year mark at my school (I'm starting Year Four), I am planning on applying for a leadership trainee program. It gives teachers a semester in Administration to help us decide if this is a track we want to take. I have a good working relationship with Administration, so we'll see if that carries over into being there with them full time.
     
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    When I was working on my masters, I was really young (24). At that point I had no desire for any leadership roles.

    Once I had more years under my belt, it really wasn't such a bad idea. Now, I don't want to be an administrator, but I've added several leadership roles to my job.
     
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    I love being in the classroom and plan on staying in the classroom for many years. I do not see myself going into administration as a principal, but I would like to one day work with curriculum.
     
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    I plan to teach at the college level in the future. Either animal science or science education.
     
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    I plan on getting an AP position in about three years. I've done the consulting thing and it is soooo not me.
     

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