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To be a teacher or not
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Posted 8/7/12

xhuizini wrote: "You won't get rich being a teacher"


This is true.

But you won't get the entire summer off doing much of anything else, xD

Teaching *some* subjects is less time consuming than others, anything that involves reading a zillion copy-cat term papers should be avoided at all costs. It's always a combination of repetition, plagiarism and lackluster efforts and feels exactly like torture if you have to spend your holidays reading that kind of drivel.
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DAMN! you really will need some luck.


Maybe you could gain their attention with your sword skills or something

and the shiniest four leaf clover I could find


It's not a real one but closeenough.jpg
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DAMN! you really will need some luck.


Maybe you could gain their attention with your sword skills or something

and the shiniest four leaf clover I could find


It's not a real one but closeenough.jpg

the first picture made me
you're right, close enough
Wow, I'm touched
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AshRandom wrote:


xhuizini wrote: "You won't get rich being a teacher"


This is true.

But you won't get the entire summer off doing much of anything else, xD
that I agree

Teaching *some* subjects is less time consuming than others, anything that involves reading a zillion copy-cat term papers should be avoided at all costs. It's always a combination of repetition, plagiarism and lackluster efforts and feels exactly like torture if you have to spend your holidays reading that kind of drivel.


yeah, i know right nut I think I'll get to see a lot of what you have termed "copy-cat term papers' since we have to pass an action research and i'll bet my finger that some of my classmates will be doing some of that.
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I don't understand the point of "you're not going to get rich"

I really do believe it is a pretty good job, though not one for me.

you don't need a HIGH level of secondary education, you only work 9.5/10 monthes a year, and it's not THAT stressful of a job (esp. if it's primary school)


I understand it does have it's cons, but from the teachers I know, they have enough money every year to go on a lonnggg summer vacation, and they only have one copy of notes they use EVERY year (or until the circulum chances, which is not that frequently) Plus, my teachers dont make their own notes and worksheets. It's all from the internet.

I may be wrong, but this is just what I see. PS I'm still in highschool
Posted 8/8/12
I want to teach but my family is against it. I think teachers, overall, are underappreciated. You do make enough to get by when you get the job but the lack of making a lot of excess drives people away from it.
Posted 8/8/12
Well, if you're already starting out by referring to your future students as "bratty kids or teens" than I think you may either be in the wrong profession or are going to have an unpleasant career before you!

I have a degree in history and decided I wanted to go back to graduate school so I could earn a Master's in Education. After my first semester I realized that's not what I wanted to do at all! However, I wouldn't mind teaching in Thailand and Korea but it's a big decision.

Yes, there is next to no money in teaching unless you stick at it for many, many years or are lucky enough to score a cushy job at a private school. Or, possibly overseas someplace like Saudi Arabia where they have to pay people big money to go there.

So, no money, high stress, "bratty" kids....have fun!

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ecchi_luvr wrote:

Well, if you're already starting out by referring to your future students as "bratty kids or teens" than I think you may either be in the wrong profession or are going to have an unpleasant career before you!

I have a degree in history and decided I wanted to go back to graduate school so I could earn a Master's in Education. After my first semester I realized that's not what I wanted to do at all! However, I wouldn't mind teaching in Thailand and Korea but it's a big decision.

Yes, there is next to no money in teaching unless you stick at it for many, many years or are lucky enough to score a cushy job at a private school. Or, possibly overseas someplace like Saudi Arabia where they have to pay people big money to go there.

So, no money, high stress, "bratty" kids....have fun!




thank you for the advice, I'll try to change my view as to how I call my students
maybe you're right, since I did call them "bratty" but its not as bad when compared to my classmates who call their students monsters
I can't even imagine going to class, muttering something about "meeting these monsters again"
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Watermelonheaven wrote:

I want to teach but my family is against it. I think teachers, overall, are underappreciated. You do make enough to get by when you get the job but the lack of making a lot of excess drives people away from it.


I super agree with you and I even have tried silently asking for forgiveness form my past teachers who i have unknowlingly put through pain because of my hardheadedness
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Catz1297 wrote:

I don't understand the point of "you're not going to get rich"

I really do believe it is a pretty good job, though not one for me.

you don't need a HIGH level of secondary education, you only work 9.5/10 monthes a year, and it's not THAT stressful of a job (esp. if it's primary school)


I understand it does have it's cons, but from the teachers I know, they have enough money every year to go on a lonnggg summer vacation, and they only have one copy of notes they use EVERY year (or until the circulum chances, which is not that frequently) Plus, my teachers dont make their own notes and worksheets. It's all from the internet.

I may be wrong, but this is just what I see. PS I'm still in highschool


It would be nice if our school allows that loose of a curriculum
your right when you said that teaching does not require a high level of education but that is in terms of formal schooling because inside the class a teacher will eventually still study so as not to get left behind.
there's also the tons of seminars to attend

but good thing, I won't be teaching in this strict academy because I value my sanity and I still want to have social life which teaching in this school can't give you the time to do just that

You'll know what I mean when you reach college, i was like that once
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First of all, I wish you the best of luck out there. Teaching is something I was passionate about until I joined the military after high school. Besides the general disillusionment that a fresh out of high school student learns, I learned a lot about the teaching profession, which was my end goal. My responsibilities included training my department and teaching my entire ship about numerous skills such as maintenance protocol and supply requisition. Most of them didn't understand or didn't care, no matter how plainly, simply, or interactive I made the lesson. The ones that got it are my legacy and are still teaching others what I taught them.

Regarding "traditional" teaching, I actually am a strong believer in Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligences (MI) theory. No child learns like any other, and education should be tailor-made for each student. That isn't to say that there cannot be a general outline to follow, but that there should be significant variations and options available to make the most of each student's potential. Where I live, in the US, that theory is considered too costly and not worth pursuing. Instead, there is a record number of dropouts, "problem" students, and a deconstruction of the entire educational system. Consistently, year after year, the requirements and material taught are lowered to make each year "appear" smarter than the previous. The truth behind such a farce is that I, who graduated 8 years ago, know far more about the subjects that my sisters (who are currently in high school) are currently taking than they do. Couple that with an absolute demand for teaching to the test, and I have come to the conclusion that our public school system needs to be removed entirely. I, for one, will teach my child myself. They'll get a better education that way.
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I teach -- my parents are both teachers. mom teaches primary, dad teaches high school and I teach university level.

Doesn't matter what level you do, if it makes you happy go for it.

I volunteer at a center to coach kids (in maths) in my spare time and I recieve a lot of satisfaction from it, even if I don't earn any money.

sometimes, you have to like what you do to enjoy life. It's not just about money.
Posted 8/8/12

xhuizini wrote:


Watermelonheaven wrote:

I want to teach but my family is against it. I think teachers, overall, are underappreciated. You do make enough to get by when you get the job but the lack of making a lot of excess drives people away from it.


I super agree with you and I even have tried silently asking for forgiveness form my past teachers who i have unknowlingly put through pain because of my hardheadedness


Yeah, now that you're able to look back, you can sort of appreciate how your better teachers guided you. Knowing that you made a difference and set a good example just seems like something right to do.
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Congratulations on becoming a teacher! I have been a teacher for a few years and absolutely love it. I think it is quite common to question what you are doing, since you've invested so much time and effort getting there! I know I did! After getting my position and going to school/work every day though, I know that it was a good choice, even if the paycheck is terrible (and believe me, I work at a non-profit for a quarter of the normal salary, so I can understand lousy pay.) I want to encourage you to love every moment and find the humor in every situation! When the going gets tough, find an oreo (or some other goody) and laugh about it with your friends, but most of all, stay true to what you want to do and just enjoy doing it!

Also, you never know what doors will open with your degree, I'm moving to another country in a month to do some teaching. YAY!
Posted 8/8/12
What grade?
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