Hello all, I am a newbie here, please be kind Over the last couple of years I was thinking on and off about getting into teaching. I got an MSc in Mathematics, currently working as an actuary. I am interested in teaching Mathematics (or probably Physics, my second passion). I have some (admittedly limited) experience with teaching, but it was back in my home country and with high-ability children only (some of whom went on to win country-level and international math competitions), so it was probably an easy ride. I wanted to get some practical experience before I make any decisions, to make sure my glasses are the right shade of rose. Would it be too cheeky for me to write to local secondaries and ask if they can allow me to shadow a teacher in the classroom? I read about placements like this offered to PGCE students, but would it be ok to ask for something similar without yet committing to any particular course of study? I can obviously help out with admin / other boring non-specialised tasks (or maybe donate to the school fund?) in return. Also - English is not my first language and I am not exceptionally fluent (with a strong accent and all). Is it something that is likely to be a big problem for Math / Physics teaching?