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Posted 9/23/14
Hey CR.

This post is directed towards people still in school (anyone can answer however)

I am currently planning on going to university (already accepted) to get a bachelors in commerce with a major in IT and a university certificate in Japanese studies.

After graduating i plan on applying to the JET program and teaching English in japan and after that i plan on becoming a teacher in Canada.

However, I, Myself am not your stereotypical run of the mill guy. I am pretty alternative in my sense of style and beliefs.

I am an atheist, Punk rocker and metal head. I often protest for gay rights and marriage equality and gender equality. I am often out and about protesting for just about anything i believe in. I am 100% go green as-well.

Being an aspiring teacher, i wanted everyone's opinion on having a teacher who would be extremely liberal (allowing students to call me by my first name) and being the kind of teacher who would rather be your friend than someone you simply listen to.

One of my goals is to make school fun for kids. I hated school with a goddamn passion because all the teachers were so damn boring, when i graduated last year i was so happy i finally finished all of the bull crap. However i realized how important school was and decided i wanted to make the process alot more fun and enjoyable for students.

Anyone have any thing they wished for in school? what kind of teacher did you really want? would a teacher with my principles be fun to have? would you like to have a teacher you could simply hang out with?

(I would be starting anime and Japanese language club aswell)

Feel free to tell me what you hated most about school and what your teachers could have done better!
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Posted 9/23/14
Would you be _allowed_ to do it better?
Govt is getting so involved with education that there's barely any time at all that isn't regulated.
Or were you intending to join a private school?

In any case, prepare to be disappointed in the great majority of cases. Being forced to be there, kids just don't appreciate education until later in life.

The existing teachers for the most part didn't start out being boring, lifeless, funless old farts. They got made that way by the constant grind from all sides by the school, the parents and the kids.

I'm not saying don't follow your dream. But perhaps to have realistic expectations about what you can achieve.
The best teachers I had didn't try to be our friend. But they were akin to parents. They could make things fun simply by enjoying the subject themselves and sharing that. But they also refused to take shit and were respected for that.
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Posted 9/23/14 , edited 9/23/14
Here's the best tip, dedicate your time towards something you like and don't stop half way through. That's the best advice I can give...

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RandeKnight couldn't have said it better.

Teachers who are passionate about the subject and take no shit were the one's I respected and usually enjoyed. There is a big difference between being knowledgeable in the subject, and actually teaching it (unfortunately, some teachers didn't have either).
I found many teachers failed to do that. They didn't see students individual needs and you could see the grind in their faces of always trying to control the class and keep within whatever rules and regulations they have to follow as a teacher.

School becomes more about following orders and discipline. Not passionate about teaching a subject, at least in my experience. There were a handful of teachers that were and it made it enjoyable looking back.

As for the whole I'm so liberal attitude, I don't think it's bad...but you're their teacher at the end of the day. If you can create more friendship based relationships with students, that's great, but it's your job to stick to whatever subject(s) it is you're teaching, not what you believe in and your values in life (Not saying you would act like that, but y'know)

p.s the Japanese lang and anime club would be very awesome. That's one thing I wish our school had!
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School is not supposed to be fun. Money is fun.
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AzazelOfNexium wrote:

Hey CR.

This post is directed towards people still in school (anyone can answer however)

I am currently planning on going to university (already accepted) to get a bachelors in commerce with a major in IT and a university certificate in Japanese studies.

After graduating i plan on applying to the JET program and teaching English in japan and after that i plan on becoming a teacher in Canada.

However, I, Myself am not your stereotypical run of the mill guy. I am pretty alternative in my sense of style and beliefs.

I am an atheist, Punk rocker and metal head. I often protest for gay rights and marriage equality and gender equality. I am often out and about protesting for just about anything i believe in. I am 100% go green as-well.

Being an aspiring teacher, i wanted everyone's opinion on having a teacher who would be extremely liberal (allowing students to call me by my first name) and being the kind of teacher who would rather be your friend than someone you simply listen to.

One of my goals is to make school fun for kids. I hated school with a goddamn passion because all the teachers were so damn boring, when i graduated last year i was so happy i finally finished all of the bull crap. However i realized how important school was and decided i wanted to make the process alot more fun and enjoyable for students.

Anyone have any thing they wished for in school? what kind of teacher did you really want? would a teacher with my principles be fun to have? would you like to have a teacher you could simply hang out with?

(I would be starting anime and Japanese language club aswell)

Feel free to tell me what you hated most about school and what your teachers could have done better!


"bachelors in commerce with a major in IT" sounds like you would want to have two bachelors at a time (your bachelor is you major, and then some universities allow you to choose a minor from several options within your major -- perhaps you meant to say "bachelors in commerce with a minor in IT?). My suggestion is to seek a counselor in the university you want to go to, tell them you want to study both commerce and IT, and ask them how would the program look like for you. Ask them to, if possible, to give you more than one alternative, in terms of how you can mix commerce and IT.

"university certificate in Japanese studies" -- ask the counselor about the possibility of taking your elective courses as courses in the study of Japanese. Note that not all universities offer all sorts of languages you could learn.

"i wanted everyone's opinion on having a teacher who would be extremely liberal (allowing students to call me by my first name) and being the kind of teacher who would rather be your friend than someone you simply listen to." -- I had a university professor who insisted on being called by the first name and would treat you like your friend. He was a really cool guy and was nice to relate to, so I say it is a good thing to do. Just be aware it requires more effort on your part than simply relating at an academic level.

"One of my goals is to make school fun for kids" -- Here's a suggestion I heard once: consider giving one project instead of several assignments, but spend a significant amount of time talking to the students about what kind of project they would like to do. It would need to be course-related, of course, but they have the opportunity to "weave in" a topic they like (different topics "waved in" per student). By letting them choose parts of what the project goal is, and having them be something they like, it makes class more interesting for them.
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Posted 9/24/14
Don't EVER...EVER give up on Your Education, NO MATTER WHAT. I goofed around in Highschool and lost all kinds of Scholarships, but now I'm entering into the 6th Year in Med School at the University of Kentucky. You CAN accomplish ANYTHING and EVERYTHING, as long as You are willing to put that WORK into it. I come from a Family of Doctors and grew up reading the Physicians Desk Reference rather than Everybody Poops. So I was kinda coerced into going after the position by My Dad and His Father; My Grandfather who is a Psychiatrist. That's what I'm aiming to be, doubling My PhD in Osteopathy. In Spring of next Year, I began My Psychiatric Residency....I've never been so psyched in My Life.
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Posted 9/24/14
Get into a trade, you'll make a lot of money that way. Especially with everyone going to college and not wanted to do the dirty jobs anymore.
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