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Why choose teaching?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by anon4582, Feb 4, 2011.

  1. Why did you become a teacher?
    Do you still have that same enthusiasm?
    What is the best thing about being a teacher?
    Looking back, would you make that same choice?
    Why ask? Why not [​IMG]
  2. Why did you become a teacher?
    Do you still have that same enthusiasm?
    What is the best thing about being a teacher?
    Looking back, would you make that same choice?
    Why ask? Why not [​IMG]
  3. Why did you become a teacher?
    I thought it would be a rewarding job that I would really enjoy. I've never been an office type of person and couldn't face the London commute.
    Do you still have that same enthusiasm?
    Enthusiasm? What enthusiasm?!
    What is the best thing about being a teacher?
    The holidays

    Looking back, would you make that same choice?
    Probably not
  4. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    Because when I was ten my headmaster said I would be good at it
    Some days it wanes but in general YES!
    The kids/ great staff

  5. Exactly as above but without the commuting bit.
  6. Why did you become a teacher?
    Because back in the day, if you wanted to work in TIE you had to be a teacher or have an Equity card- it was easier to become a teacher!
    Do you still have that same enthusiasm?
    No. SOME enthusiasm, but different, and tempered by the unreasonable stresses placed upon us.
    What is the best thing about being a teacher?
    The moments when you feel the difference you have made IN SPITE of the **** thrown at us!
    Looking back, would you make that same choice?
  7. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    Because I wanted to stay at university for another year and my friends were all doing PhDs. I wasn't clever enough to do one in physics and didn't have the interest to do one in maths, so did a PGCE instead.
    Yes definitely, in fact more so. But I have changed jobs a lot in the 16 years. I started as a secondary maths, moved to middle (maths specialist but teaching lots of other subjects as well) and am now in a primary school. So that has kept the challenge and interest alive.
    Children! Fun!
    No I would have trained as a primary teacher in the first place. But would definitely still be a teacher, cannot imagine there is a better job anywhere.

    Except maybe Christmas Pudding taster for M&S...quite fancy that job!
  8. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    I was so grateful tomy own teachers for opening up the world of learning & wanted to return the favour & do the same for other children.
    Until quite recently, yes! Unfortunately never managed to get a permanent post after my family & supply, even long-term just isn't the same.
    Being with the children.
    Yes, I've never seriously ever considered being happy doing anything else. Being on supply with no work, I regularly look at other jobs but never quite manage to make the jump, as I still live in hope of getting a permanent teaching post. having said that I wouldn't advise people today to consider doing teaching for life-it's become too stressful & full of paperwork - I'd recommend doing something else first, to get some experience of life, aim to give it one's best for 10 -15 years & then plan to move on, before becoming too jaded,

  9. tafkam

    tafkam Occasional commenter

    I don't ever remember wanting to do anything else. Some might consider it my natural vocation; others may say that I just didn't have much imagination.
    I still think it's the best job in the world, and can't really understand why anybody wouldn't want to do it, so I guess so.
    In what other job can you have your own choir, share your love of a historical period, organise end-of-term parties, play a glockenspiel, get paid for reading great books and have up to 6 weeks free in the summer to enjoy? What's not to love?
    Without a second thought. And that's even after what was a fairly crappy week in a reasonably crappy term so far!
  10. Sillow

    Sillow Lead commenter

    Why did you become a teacher?
    Because I'm bossy and I like it.
    Do you still have that same enthusiasm?
    As I did when I trained? Well, I didn't have much during my training because I found it difficult and I haven't been teaching long, so I suppose you could say I have found my enthusiasm in the last year or so.
    What is the best thing about being a teacher?
    I get to be bossy and the children still make me cards telling me how fab I am. And I love colouring in, cutting & sticking and glitter.
    Looking back, would you make that same choice?
    Probably. I don't have to work weekends and the money's not bad. Although there are other jobs I'd like to try...

  11. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    because i beleived god had called me to be a teacher
    Yes even after 30 plus years...especailly if im allowed to teach
    i love working with young minds to explore and open up the world of learning.I love it when a child says 'I see it now' or 'now i understand'.The thrill for me is to be interacting with my class and see them fired up in enthusiasm.although sadly not with my present class who seem
    Yes and no
    yes when the class becomes alive and the world seems to leap ahead in possibilities.Despite all the sh it ive suffered at he hand of gross incompetence by heads i sti love the ethos of schools and the freindship of teachers whom i regard as one of the hardest wrking and most intelligent groups of people i have had the pleaseure of working with
    No ..when i realise the pay is poor and the the only recompense was long holidays. In terms of finance i wish i had become a builder when i was young.....or taken to be a solicitor for raking in the cash.
  12. CarrieV

    CarrieV Lead commenter

    I love the way children think, how they see the world and the way they grow and change, teaching seemed the best way of being involved
    Yes, although it does get smothered in paperwork,statistics and initiatives at times!
    The children, the holidays and the pay
    Yes, although maybe earlier, I was a late bloomer[​IMG]
  13. I became a teacher after reading a book that inspired me about working with disabled children. I volunteered at a local disabled school for two years, then applied for a primary degree with a view to working and then moving into special education. When I got a job I found that you dealt with enough problems and issues in the average classroom and it was rewarding enough- so I stayed.
    I hope I have the same enthusiasm for the teaching part, but am definitely a whole lot more cynical about the politics and paperwork and jumping through hoops that you have to do.
    The best thing about being a teacher (apart from the holidays that let me spend a lot of time with my own children) is watching the children improve in what they can do. I've moved down a year group and can see a marked difference in the improvements you can see in any child in my class's work. That, and those crack-you-up moments that crop up from time to time.
    Would I make the same choice? In a heartbeat. Every job is plagued with politics, paperwork and red tape. No job stays the same year in and year out. I wouldn't swap the job satisfaction or the hols for any other job I can think of.
    Although....I'm glad I got my job when I did. I am not sure that the NQT that I was back then would have got through the NQT requirements and processes of today.
  14. WOW, a little worrying at the start with the first few responses!
    All you positive guys made up for it though.
    [​IMG] Thanks
  15. I became a teacher because I had worked as an LSA and I loved it, thought I could teach rather than support.

    I love my job, although I've only been teaching for 3 years.

    For me the best thing about teaching is seeing that 'light bulb moment' :D oh and working in an independent school where I have 13 in my class and two full time TA's :). Its a tough class tho, 8 of them have 'needs', dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, autism (altho mild), and one who has 'no specific difficulty' and G and T kids so its kind of like teaching reception to year 6 all in the same room! (Hence the two TA's)

    I can't think of anything I would rather be doing, fab school, fab head, fab colleagues
  16. I'm only in my third year of teaching (after a couple of year working in care homes with EBSD teenagers) and last year became really annoyed with the whole teaching malarky, paperwork, unreasonable time demands etc etc. However, since going on supply I've remembered why teaching is so great!
    On supply you get all the best bits with none of the useless INSETs, stupid paperwork, constantly having to jump through hoops. The planning is done for me, and wonderful TAs mean that all I have to worry about is TEACHING! I also get to go to lots of different schools and experience lots of different approaches.
    I'm not one of those supply teachers who walks out at 3.30 having not marked any work and letting the kids run riot all day though! Because I don't have the extra 'stresses' my teaching has improved and I don't mind staying till 5 because I don't take any work home. I love working with children, they constantly amaze me, make me laugh and are NEVER boring. I still see teachers falling out of love with teaching because of all the non-teaching stuff they have to do, if we allowed just to teach and do what we thought was right for the chidlren in our care, then there would be more teacher on this forum saying how brilliant teaching is and that it's the best job in the world.
  17. Agree.
    The pointless, unnecessary stuff is what kills my passion for teaching day by day.
  18. Do supply! I sound like an evangelical supply teacher type person but I truely reccomend it for anyone who's falling out of love with teaching.
  19. mprimaryz

    mprimaryz New commenter

    Here here pink flip flop!
  20. I became a teacher because it was my vocation and I thought (and think) it's a very gratifying job, although sometimes it can also be quite frustrating.
    I try to mantain the same enthusiasm of the very first months but I have to admit it's getting harder and harder.
    The best thing about this profession is , as for me, when a child spontaneusly hugs you or gives you their best drawing with all their heart, and holidays as well, let's be honest.
    I don't regret my decision at all, I think I'd make the same choice again! Have a nice, teachers!

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