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Would you be tempted to become a teacher again?

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, Apr 27, 2016.

  1. JosieWhitehead

    JosieWhitehead Star commenter

    I have, from time to time, had overseas students come to stay with us and study English one to one or one to two and they have had to be students who were 18 plus because I couldn't take the responsibility for younger ones. But I, with my love of teaching and young people, have thoroughly enjoyed doing this. I may do it again from time to time. We live in one of the most beautiful areas of Britain with some truly lovely towns and cities nearby and it is an ideal holiday/study area. Has anyone else done this?
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  2. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    We did it a couple of times many years ago now. Both students were French, a girl of about 17-18 and boy of 15-16 (can't remember the safeguarding requirements, a lot easier than now!).

    It went ok, we did lessons in the am and then took them somewhere in the pm most days. We didn't do any more as it turned out to be quite hard work keeping them entertained. We live in a village and they couldn't get elsewhere on their own. Also, what we think is a lovely place to be may be less so for the young!

    I have toyed with similar ideas now our own children have left home and we have the space. There's some charity that places overseas students with a British family for a w/e or longer so they get a taste of what life is like outside of student accommodation, the stumbling block again is that without their own transport, they are stuck in the village and very little to do here if you aren't good at entertaining yourself.
  3. simonCOAL

    simonCOAL Occasional commenter

    Me too. I didn’t expect the job to remain the same for 35 years, so stuck to doing more of what I enjoyed and moved to accommodate this.
  4. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    Death metal would be more appropriate for the average English academy, I think...
    “Bring your daughter to the intellectual slaughter”...anything by Cradle of Filthy Bright Tribesmen....
  5. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    Anywhere in the south east and anywhere near a posh area, I’d say you definitely could.
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  6. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    People will always need shelves!
    (Grateful thanks to Maureen Lipman)
  7. Timothy_Blue

    Timothy_Blue Lead commenter

    The problem is most tutoring is evenings or weekend only and lots of dead time with travelling that adds to cost. There's still all the planning and resource making too and no holiday or sick pay. It won't make you rich.
  8. Jolly_Roger15

    Jolly_Roger15 Star commenter

    A waste of a healthy, happy, and well-adjusted life, too!
  9. JosieWhitehead

    JosieWhitehead Star commenter

    Through my poems I've made many friends overseas (skype visits etc) - and one of them was a retired Professor of Literature at Shanghai University who has just one granddaughter. She is 8 now and I love to meet her weekly on skype to help her with her English for a short time. With eyes shining, she is bubbling over to tell me about something she's done or something she's been given, and how she enjoys seeing ducks under my window, quacking for bread etc. After living in a big city, she must think we live in paradise here in Yorkshire. Well, we do of course! No wonder her English is improving in a very natural way, and she has become my very special friend and this is good for older people too.
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  10. hammie

    hammie Lead commenter

    "I'm tutoring a student right now and having to plug a lot of gaps because of their regular teachers rushing through material too quickly (or not at all) "
    please don't blame the classroom teachers for this. I started when we focused on making children think and ensured that they understood.
    The current fad for coaching far too often focuses only on pace and ignores everything else.
    As young people are now locked into formal education for 14 years, I don't see the need for rushing. Neither do I see how most children benefit from being moved on so fast that they never understand anything properly.
  11. schoolsout4summer

    schoolsout4summer Star commenter

    Pocket money at best.
  12. JosieWhitehead

    JosieWhitehead Star commenter

    [QUOTE="Kallie92, post: 12650299, member: 3524504"

    A support group for teachers and those working in education. Aims to encourage discussion and conversations between staff about mental health and wellbeing.[/QUOTE]
    This is what we have here on TES.
  13. sparklepig2002

    sparklepig2002 Star commenter

    I thoroughly enjoyed my teaching career. I was lucky-I worked with lovely children, lovely colleagues (mostly), only had one head teacher that was difficult to work with. Would I do it again? Not class teaching-the job is not what it used to be . However, I become a specialist primary music teacher and I wouldn't hesitate to return to that if I had to. Teaching one subject that I have a real passion for was very enjoyable. I hope I managed to inspire one or two musicians along the way.
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2018
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  14. hammie

    hammie Lead commenter

    You'd be lucky to get much work now. My last school turned down the opportunity for a completely free term of instrumental tuition for all the children in Year 4. Purely because the teacher of one class in the previous year hated it. The fact that he refused to take part and sat in the corner sulking probably explained why his class misbehaved and made no progress.
  15. sparklepig2002

    sparklepig2002 Star commenter

    That is so sad, Hammie. All my headteachers were very keen on music. I was lucky. I feel sorry for the children . They are being denied access to an important part of the curriculum. At one school, the staff had to come into my singing assemblies as hte head wanted them to learn from my approach and join in. They didn't want to-their free half hour was more important. Some refused sing. Some sat there doing their marking. Some were very good and joined in. In the end I asked for them not to come in, as their disinterest was not setting a good example to the children.
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  16. gainly

    gainly Star commenter

    Tutoring won't make you rich but then neither will teaching unless you climb the greasy pole and give up actually teaching. In the south east you can certainly make a living out of tutoring, especially in maths. I gave up planning lessons years ago as usually the students would want to do something else when I arrived. You just need to be able to do any topic they want off the top of your head.
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  17. gainly

    gainly Star commenter

    For the benefit of younger readers who may not understand the reference:
  18. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    “Ology! He’s got an ology!”
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  19. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    You need to take a lateral view and get big bunches of them all in one area. Once you impress the parents, they want you to coach their younger children, they tell their friends...bingo, you have just become the go to local tutor for an entire postcode. If you’re good, they pay more as they know it takes less time to get the results, other parents will happily go on a waiting list, you then get the results, the parents recommend you on...it stays local...then it repeats itself. I now realise the huge amount of work that upper ks2, gcse and A level tutors do for the mainstream teachers after school and on weekends. Mainly because I am doing it! It’s a fifth column!
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  20. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    I now feel like Cro Magnon Man because I recall this ad so well. I also feel depressed because when Maureen skates the teachers who can’t mark properly, she may as well be summarising the exam board failings of the past five years. Fiction becoming life again. I wonder if Anthony sat an exam similar to a recent Shakespeare paper which muddled Tybalt as a Montague rather than a Capulet...
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