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Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, Apr 27, 2016.
Would you be tempted to become a teacher again?
No, it's a waste of a good Degree.
As someone who has moved from teaching into the rail industry (not train driving) I know how much money can be earned for A LOT less work.
In one word Rosaline: Yes. I wanted to be a teacher after my first day at school and although I've worked in many different areas, to gain the experience I needed to teach my subjects in Further Education, I always felt I was in the right place when I was teaching. Now, writing poetry for children as I do, I travel via skype to classrooms worldwide to meet the children who tell me they love my poems - and for many of them, English is a second language - and when I arrive in their classrooms and am with them, I am in heaven. For me teaching was my vocation. Teaching in Further Education, though, I didn't have the disciplinary problems that many teachers get today. My students came to me because they wanted to pass their exams and get work at the end of their course. Far from having to encourage them to work, they worked and worked and worked and would often bring in extra work that they'd done at home. This attitude to learning makes teaching much easier of course. I was, therefore, lucky.
I don't imagine they would want me back , as I was always only ever there for the kids, and everything else was of secondary importance at best.
Besides, I no longer have the spare time, as I am teaching myself to tap dance on quicksand. Difficult, and frustrating at times, but easier than what I was being asked to do in the classroom.
If I was young and looking for a career, I could well want to be a teacher in the same way as I always did - but after coming on TES and reading what I've been reading, I think I'd give it a miss, ha ha
I think that too much damage was done by the new Head at the school I worked at who went out of his way to push out more expensive teachers. My self confidence is shattered and I don't think that I would ever return to full time teaching now. I do still teach but in a freelance capacity for a local authority and also do private tuition.
I didn't become a teacher under illusions of high pay or an easy life. I'm still a teacher now and all the whinging in the world won't stop me from working in a learning environment but, for me, state schools are no longer viable learning environments. My career has evolved from state to international to independent and I expect it to evolve further in years to come. I wouldn't go back to state, but I wouldn't not be helping learners.
A lot of teachers seem to lack flexibility and resilience in the face of change and difficulty. Melting down and bailing out is not the sole option for people who really want to be involved in learning.
I wear the same T-shirt, L.
No, if I had known what I know now at age 16 I would probably have chosen a different university degree and definitely not gone into teaching. I will be discouraging my own children from teaching.
Have you got your Maths GCSE? If so...kerching, kerching kerching ding ding! I only do English, guided reading, VR and interview prep. I hate Mayhs and have no desire whatever to coach it, and my niche is helping lovely EAL kids who are strong on Maths. But every day, other parents ask me if I know Maths tutors. They are desperate. Their kids need to do well in both to get on in life. As so many NQTS lack subject expertise or the desire to stay, Maths coaching earns big bucks for the right person in a high demand location, basically any town or city near good grammars.
Maths, even. See, can’t even spell the word without my hand shaking!
Nope. I wouldn't have gone down that route if I had my time again. I'd have gone into anything but teaching. I always wanted to be a teacher, but even so I wouldn't have done a PGCE if I'd known then what I know now.
We're living in a different age now Rosaline. If I could go back and teach the same classes I had over the years, I'd jump at the opportunity because I loved every minute of my work. I have to agree with grumbleweed. I think things today are not what they used to be, sadly.
I should have stayed designing hardware and software. more interesting (to me) and much more money.
Can you not go back to that?
Not in a million years...in my last decade discipline went right down the tubes. It only takes one kid who arrives intending to destroy a lesson plan to do so. Teachers have no power over why stays in the classroom unlike, say, a GP, who can delist a violent or abusive patient
Higher exam performance? Exams till last year were becoming easier than ever so just because more kids are pressured ever more to do ones they still cannot do, does not in itself mean " higher performance"....my O level French paper 1960 is too hard for the top A level set now. Calculus went out of A level science in the 80s and never came back. More performance on easier papers has nothing "higher " about it ! Our basic problem is expecting everyone to follow the same route....still too hard for many and too dumb for the most academic.
We need tiered exams....stop making kids do ones too easy or too difficult. Some will never pass , and some get bored by how mindlessly simple they are
I didn't leave teaching, I just left the UK. Could I be tempted back into a UK classroom? No. Never.
Been out of the loop for too long now, besides I am would almost certainly be considered too old by many IT companies.