Discussion in 'Secondary Education' started by SportsJunkie25, Apr 1, 2009.
Apr 9, 2009
I can't imagine doing anything else!!!
I only teach five hours a week now. I actually teach in a synagogue religious school. But, I still love it. My point: For people who want to teach but also want to do something else, there are part-time avenues available.
Apr 19, 2009
Here it is!
Pretty interesting replies.
Apr 20, 2009
There is no way on earth that I would do this job for no pay. I'd rather stay at home with my baby and make sure he can read and do subtraction before Kindergarten (unlike a lot of parents)!
Apr 26, 2009
I am a career switcher - changed at 50. Worst pay for the most work, but I love it. If you're worried about whether you have enough credits in certain areas, just go to a local college with an adult degree program in teaching, and have them review your transcripts. They should be able to tell you what you need.
I think you have to be willing to move to an area where jobs are available. No matter where you teach, you have to deal with :
* parents that are too involved or not involved enough,
* kids who care more about their social lives than their schooling and vise-versa,
* kids whose home life is horrible (reagardless of income level)
What I like best and why I'd never change?
* Autonomy - yes I have standards to follow, meetings to attend, paperwork, etc. but I decide how to teach my content, when to repeat/adapt/skip...
* Hours - I work 10 - 12 hour days, but am eager to get back at it the next morning. Why so many hours? I learned the first year, to try to do as much in school as I can before going home, I'm older and somewhat of a perfectionist, so my room is straightened every night, my desk cleared, my board set for the next day, catch up on email, do research, etc. I teach language arts so I have more papers to grade and that takes time.
* It takes me forever to work out lesson plans - that is easing up year by year as I gain experience.
* Summers - I don't have the whole summer off (don't know a teacher that does). I spend time reading middle school books to be up on what the kids are reading, re-work lesson plans for the upcoming year, read professional books, maybe take a seminar, reflect. Perhaps a more experienced teacher wouldn't spend as much time on these activities. I also land in the classroom from time to time (beyond the days I'm required to put in before the teaching year begins). Helps that I live fairly close to the school.
* Learning, learning, learning - I love learning, I learn every day from and for my kids (and they are my kids from the day they walk into my room), I hope I'm able to instill that excitement about learning in my kids.
* Rewards - can't beat the times a child thanks you for helping them understand something, the day a child's light bulb comes on, the days you laugh, the days you are reminded that there is hope.
Frustrations? Many. Especially the laziness and feelings of entitlement, but that is all a part of educating a child. You don't teach a subject, you teach a child.
Good luck in making your decision.
Apr 27, 2009
I'm switching to finance from H.S. Math. Here's why:
High visibility yet low status
High stress yet low pay
Driven by politics and fads yet vacant of time-tested facts
Potentially dangerous yet unrewarding
The main ones are that I can't raise a family on it, and refuse to become a martyr.
May 5, 2009
I think I agree here. My main thing is that I don't feel that I was prepared in my college courses to do this work. I really didn't know what I was getting into until I was student teaching, and at that point it was too late to change majors.
That said, I teach guitar privately, and I find all the rewards that you guys are talking about in doing that. I will probably continue that avenue long after I've moved on from teaching in a high school.
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