Discussion in 'General Education' started by savvyedu7666, Mar 20, 2011.
Mar 20, 2011
and least favorite subjects to teach? What subjects are difficult / easy to teach?
Least Favorite: Social Studies
I really go back and forth between subjects... I really only teach Math and Literacy to my second graders (though I will combine a little Science and Social Studies here and there).
Right now, I'm really enjoying Math, and feel like I'm floundering a bit with regards to Literacy... but then, in a week, I'll have flip-flopped.
The one consistent thing is that my least favourite subject to teach is likely French.
Favorite: Reading, English, Grammar
Least Favorite: Social Studies, Writing, Science
Mar 21, 2011
In the UK we sometimes have to cover for absent staff (not sure if you do the same).
Least favourite cover is always Drama! The absent teacher has usually left a note that says 'let the class carry on with rehearsing their plays'. This usually means 5 or 6 small groups all shouting at each other for an hour!
Also covering a PE lesson where because you are not a specialist the class has to use a classroom and the work is something like 'design a team game including rules' or some such work. Another cue for the kids not being able to engage.
Best lessons to cover is maths as being an oldie I can race the kids through the worksheets that have been left by the teacher. They can use their calculators whereas I don't. I can pretty much always beat them to the end of the sheet and get more questions right than they do.
I recall sitting in on a Maths lesson in Chicago in a magnet school (very bright kids) where they were doing standard deviations. I sat and helped one student and worked them out on paper. He didn't beleive that you could actually do those calculations without the very wizzy calculators with hundreds of functions on it that everyone in the class had to have.
Least favorite: social studies
I would have to go with reading and writing. They go hand-in-hand and to me are the most crucial skills a student can develop. Reading has been emphasized greatly, and I think writing has taken a back seat and students are not learning good writing. Since I both enjoy reading and writing it is easier for me to teach, although both require great patience. I have grown to be much more patient as I have grown as a teacher and I especially think this is true when teaching reading and writing.
I teach high school English, but I can tell you I wish I didn't some days. I had originally wanted to teach French, but thought better of it as it is being cut quite a bit around here. Now I wish I taught family and consumer sciences.
I hate teaching reading because I was one of those kids who was always above grade level (my parents had been reading to me since I was in the womb and put books in my hand from the time I was 2).
So when I get students who are struggling with reading, I really don't know how to help them and when I have students who hate to read, I have a hard time relating to them because even though I was not a good student until college, I have always loved to read.
Even now, when I talk to a friend and find out they don't like to read (and this is super obnoxious) but I feel sorry for them. To me not enjoying reading is like at an exotic foods convention that has no taste buds. You miss out on so much and you're extremely limited.
My favorite subject to teach is math because I hated math growing up, so I'm good at making it interesting. Also, social studies is a lot of fun because I get to teach about history and culture and we do a lot of hands on projects which is more interesting than just staring at a book.
My favorite: reading
My least favorite: science
Favorite--social studies (especially WW2) and reading
Least Favorite: Writing and Social Studies
Favorite: English/Language Arts
Least Favorite: English/Language Arts!
JUST KIDDING! That's all I've ever taught, not including summer school!
Writing is a challenge...I love teaching poetry, but other genres of writing can be bears! funny thing is, my principal moved me up a grade this year to a 'testing grade' because he sees me as a strong writing teacher...I guess because it's more difficult for me, I put more effort into it....other content just seems to come more naturally to me.
My favorite subjects to teach are writing, math, and art.
My least favorite is P.E. I do not have to teach it at my current school!
Mar 24, 2011
Awwww, why do so many hate social studies.
I do not like phonics which is why I really do not want to do kindergarten but I want to go lower in grade level.
Guess my favorite (to teach) would be Math (my major(s) are math, geology)..... but a very close 2nd would be history. My passion is history.
For you real teachers the History of Islam will become more and more important...... If you haven't studied it..... you should..
Least Favorite: WRITING! It's so difficult teaching writing to 2nd graders!
Most Favorite: I love teaching reading and math. It'd be hard to choose between the two.
Jan 7, 2013
I realize this is an incredibly old thread, but since I was awake this morning with nothing else to do but look back on old posts, I found this particular one kind of funny.
This year, I would probably say my favourite class to teach IS French :lol:
Favorite: Math and Science (If you had told me in college that I would love teaching science, I would have told you that you are crazy!)
Least favorite: Writing, writing, writing. Followed by reading.
Favorites: Latin!! Also English grammar. I think I would enjoy teaching Social Studies, but I've never taught it.
Least favorite: I am really intimidated by the idea of teaching writing.
Jan 8, 2013
Favorite: math, hands down
Least: Language Arts (reading, writing, and especially grammar!)
Favorite: US History & American Government
Least Favorite: Physical Geography ... a real snooze
Favorite: Language Arts, Reading, Writing
Least Favorite: Math
I have fallen in love with teaching Reading.
I have always hated and continue to hate teaching Writing. I think it's because I don't really know how. Somebody link me some books or something! I'm strugglin'.