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Discussion in 'Personal' started by teachingking123, Sep 26, 2015.
Teaching means many different things to many different people. What is teaching to you?
For me it is enthusing others about my subject. I want them to appreciate its uses and the beauty within it as well as being competent with it.
Hard to encapsulate in just one phrase, but for me it's something like, 'having the bit of paper for something which is a part of my character and which I do in 'ordinary' life'.
Absolutely what Lara said
My only realistic option for paying off the mortgage.
A distant memory.
Something I was pushed into, disliked, came to like and then despaired of.
Well, on that format,
Something I did because of the holidays and it surely couldn't be THAT difficult, found difficult, grew to like and then washed my hands of.
Thing is it isn't that difficult once you develop the skills. The thing making it difficult is the management class imposed from above and their incessant unrealistic demands.
Most experienced teachers can cope fine without observations, work scrutinies, schemes of work, differentiation etc... it's all the management tosh that makes the job difficult.
And don't even get me started on the Trojan Horse that is data,
Teaching is something I did for years and liked and was good at, and then it was ruined by all the ordure Lanokia refers to. Still my best-paying job to date though.
What is teaching to me? 20 years of my life wasted, I am beginning to think.
The bit I liked was after I got used to it and before it was embroiled in data, observations, learning walks et al.
To me it is a profession to help your students become the best they can be.
It is just a job like any other job. It pays money and puts food on the table.
To think of it as some sort of vocation leads to those in charge to use emotional blackmail to get you to do more and more for no extra.
Something I thoroughly enjoyed initially and something I'm now delighted to have left behind for something rewarding.
The point being that with a vocation you tend to have control of the things you do and the way you go about them.
That would be a profession rather than vocation.
When I started teaching in 1982 as a College Lecturer I loved the job. Then came Incorporation with attached business model for delivering education. Then came OfSTED and the tragic waste of resources and people that followed. Then came the bean counters and data vultures.
Teaching is now an occupation frequented by those who have few other choices.