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To be a teacher or not
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It's a worthy occupation that often gets underappreciated. I thought about it once since I would like to share my knowledge with the next generation but then I realized I greatly dislike people of all ages so I determined it would be best if I not be put in a situation where I may drive someones head through their desk. Good luck though.
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toxxin wrote:

It's a worthy occupation that often gets underappreciated. I thought about it once since I would like to share my knowledge with the next generation but then I realized I greatly dislike people of all ages so I determined it would be best if I not be put in a situation where I may drive someones head through their desk. Good luck though.


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Fight Club?


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gaara579 wrote:

What grade?


primary and possibly high school
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I want to become a ceramic teacher.
Posted 8/9/12
"Teaching is the highest form of understanding."
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A lot of this really depends on where you are teaching. Every country's school system is different and it makes a huge difference where you are. Even within the same country there are tons of differences between school districts, schools, and individual classrooms as well as the demographics where you are teaching.

I teach in a 4th grade class where almost all of the students are considered low income families. A large number of them only have one parent as well. Then you have to deal with the fact that many of these families don't speak the language that you are teaching their kids with. I've discovered over the course of these 7 years that I've taught that it's normally not the students who give me problems (I mean they do.. but there's always another reason why they are acting up), it's the parents and how they raised their child that is more of a problem. Parents who come to my class and tries to argue with me about why their child should not have to miss a 10 minute recess because the kid didn't do their homework and starts to give all these excuses. Then of course, during actual parent/teacher conference time, they don't even bother to show up. Stuff like that is very frustrating. :\

But, I love working with the students. You have high expectations for them, and show them that you expect all of them to do well no matter how much they don't believe in themselves, and more often than not, they will always try to do their best on tests and stuff just to not let you down. I enjoy this job a lot. And don't let anyone tell you that it's not stressful. People who are not in the profession ALWAYS mention that teachers have it easy because they get 2 months off. I can tell you this much, ever since I started teaching, I've developed atrial fibrillation which is a heart problem where the heart beats totally irregularly, which has lately caused my blood flow to be inconsistent. Doctors can't do much about it and basically say its the result of too much stress. The little bit of time you get as a break is totally needed. Otherwise, all of us teachers would turn into serial murderers from all the pent up stress. Like I said, it's usually not the kids that get you the most stressed even if sometimes it seems that way. It's all the other stuff that goes with teaching like administration telling you to do certain things that you don't agree with, parents who think their kid is the best no matter how much of a bully they are, and .. I suppose kids who have totally given up on life and don't even give an ounce of effort in class. These things bug me. But despite all that, I still go to work everyday and have a lot of fun with the kids while I'm at it.

So yeah, there are a ton of things against teaching. But I chose this profession and it is my first choice. No one else in my family is a teacher. The parents wanted me to be a computer engineer which I hated. Had to change my major halfway through university. But it's cool. I like being the teacher who knows pretty much everything from high level math to ancient literature to games and anime. :p

Basically, you need to really want to be in the profession. The things around you never make it easy and you have to expect a lot of stress. Definitely visit classrooms if you can and shadow people and see how things work. Make sure to check out more than a few teachers because there are always a few bad teachers in every school and you want to be able to see at least one or two really good ones to get a real feel of what it's like. Feel free to send me a message or something if you want more info. I've already typed too much in here.
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No, I don't want to be a teacher. I will pass on that job.
Posted 8/18/12



What do you want out of it? And will it find you any redemption?

Students don't want a teacher that is half arsed. A teacher who isn't afraid, someone who tells you straight, a person that actually takes their time to put the effort into getting the best grades to their students. I had 'one' teacher like this. Honestly he was an absolute inspiration. His goal was to get everyone A, all of us in the class with silence just stared. We didn't know what to do but take him serious. At the time he said that, we knew that he was someone we could respect. If a teacher shows that they don't care about us, then why should we give a crap about them? It's a simple exchange really.

He wasn't a teacher to us but rather a friend. On some days he would be the worst because none of us did the homework (LOL) and on days where we did him proud he would be like us. Telling us his weird and wonderful stories, laughing and talking. Most of the time he would be annoying though, putting on Whale and Dolphin songs that would distract us from work. Throughout the one year we were with him he constantly bashed us with encouragement as well as an equal amount of swearing and criticism. He didn't work with us as a whole but also as grown up individuals.

Ups and downs. In the end? 17 got A*, 8 got A and 3 got B

I don't believe to become a teacher to just simply teach but for the students. But as you said there are a lot of ' bratty kids or teens' so it's going to be very hard indeed to connect with students.
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Posted 8/18/12
I'll rather be a tutor considering how a tutoring centres in Sydney can easily earn well over million per year if they have an established reputation.
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Posted 8/18/12
The one thing with teaching that I've seen (I come from a family of teachers, though I myself am a nurse). Is that many of them go from high school to college to teaching school and never leave academia. further these teachers regardless of how they feel their skills are shackled and authority is challenged are indeed authorities with a great deal of control over the little world that is their classroom.

I would be beware becoming a tin god, with little connection to reality. A close friend of mine who works with his hands but has more smarts than many academics (walked away from his masters and CHOSE to be a contractor) has a lot of frustrations with teachers when he's working in schools. little things like thinking the the hazard tape (do not cross) doesn't apply to them even though guess what, the laws of physics apply to everyone.

My sister who began 30 years ago as a math teacher has innumerable frustrations with the same personality types in her current role as head of IT for an entire provincial school board.

so you yeah. try to get outside of school and breath in the real world from time time. Oh. ... an don't do it just because it's a job. I'd wager Home schooling is superior to a teacher just putting in their time.
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Posted 8/18/12
I think you'll find the parents of the kids you're teaching to be a more pain in the ass than the kids themselves. It's what happened with my mother when she did teaching. Obviously you're not going to get 'rich' off of it in a financial sense...unless you're a college professor...but you didn't go down that path to get rich. You did because you may have been inspired by teachers you've had or family that is in the profession. And no, you're not always gaurenteed a job when you go into teaching. A lot of the times politics will cut financing to schools, thus making it a strain for some schools to keep an X amount of teachers, crowd more kids into an already crowded class room, use extremely outdated textbooks and the like.

*Feel free to correct any spelling mistakes. My comp is basically dead and the comp at work only has an old version of IE.*
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I think that being a teacher is a very good job, it pays okay in money but if you are a good teacher you'll get so much more than money. I still remember teacher that marked my life but their Technics of teaching and how awesome they were and they made me who I am right now.
I hope you become a good teacher
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I have to say out of most careers being a teacher seems like one of those careers where your day is never the same. U might have a very interesting and cool class that always participates with the lesson and have fun. Then theirs the class with the 3 bad kids that you have to watch out for. Also theirs every year you have a new class of students to learn about all over again. That's the one thing that makes being a teacher interesting to me.

The only drawbacks I could see is becoming the "mean" teacher or "hard" teacher in the school, or just plain teaching rebelious high school teenagers (Help us all ) After that though being a teacher is a cool job. Something I'm always told in high school is, "Don't look at the money for the job that you want, see if it's actually what you want to do."
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