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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. scilady

    scilady New commenter

    [QUOTE="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.[/QUOTE]
    I'd agree ...no reason to plan: just have to know the syllabus inside out and backwards which most teachers do not..I have picked up the bits after some appalling teaching...chemistry staff who cannot design coursework that pans out or do calculations on the board and that was in a grammar rated outstanding where kids need A* to make vet schools
    Oldfashioned likes this.
  2. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    I'd agree ...no reason to plan: just have to know the syllabus inside out and backwards which most teachers do not..I have picked up the bits after some appalling teaching...chemistry staff who cannot design coursework that pans out or do calculations on the board and that was in a grammar rated outstanding where kids need A* to make vet schools[/QUOTE]
    Not been in my classroom then?
  3. circuskevin

    circuskevin Established commenter

    Hi @TCSC47 ,

    Does the answer have to be NO?

    Can you rise above the the bad behaviour of others?

    I had to ban crime myself in my community as the police were not interested. I have a 'Free Workshops for Lazy Policemen' postcard if you would like one! Makes most people smile.

    I walked away from the House of Commons once shaking my head in disbelief at Nick Gibb's lack of knowledge of education.

    Accepting that others have failures is good for the soul. Think instead about the positives you can do.

    Best Wishes

  4. moscowbore

    moscowbore Star commenter

    Hi Kevin,
    I have often read your posts in wonderment. Are you posting from a secure facility or are you merely an idealist?
    Simply rising above the failures of others to do your own little bit to improve the world, is a praiseworthy philosophy.

    This philosophy will not do anything to redress the sometimes howling failures of others. These failures of people in positions of authority often are to the detriment of many. Society at some level chooses to ignore the failures and allow the many to be failed by those who accept a salary in the name of public service. I for one cannot simply accept that those in authority should get away with their failures. Simply walking away and taking the higher moral ground does not work for me. For me, that would mean allowing unjust situations to continue to exist. My conscience requires me to be a bit more proactive.

    Go with what works for you Kevin. Power to your elbow.
  5. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    Every best wish and I hope things work out well for you in your new school and the part time hours will take the pressure of you somewhat. One things for sure, life in schools doesn't seem like it's going to get an easier and even the nicer schools may well start to be less nice as the cuts bite ever deeper. Use the breathing space you've got in your part time job to consider where your future lies.
    schoolsout4summer likes this.
  6. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    Should be compulsory viewing for those considering a teaching career. I would suggest it as compulsory viewing for members of the government but they would probably dismiss it as lefty BBC propaganda.
    hammie and agathamorse like this.
  7. adam156

    adam156 New commenter

    I left the classroom about 5 years ago to work in the private sector and I would definitely not go back. As much as I loved it, there's nothing that would tempt me back.

    Watching this government systematically hack away at the education system has has me in despair and seen the quality of teaching really decline, and with friends who still teach telling me their horror stories about students and administrations it's enough to make me never want to enter a classroom again.
    agathamorse and Shedman like this.
  8. VictoriaGoshal

    VictoriaGoshal New commenter

    I wish to be a teahcer someday but now I am engaged in a research about L-Phenylalanine Enzyme for Creative Enzymes.
  9. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    I followed that link and found:

    In enzymology, a phenylalanine decarboxylase (EC is an enzyme that catalyzes the chemical reaction:L-phenylalanine↔ phenylethylamine + CO2. Hence, this enzyme has one substrate, L-phenylalanine, and two products, phenylethylamine and CO2. This enzyme belongs to the family of lyases, specifically the carboxy-lyases, which cleave carbon-carbon bonds. This enzyme participates in phenylalanine metabolism. It employs one cofactor, pyridoxal phosphate.

    If you're going to leave links can you make sure they're in English please? (;))
    agathamorse likes this.
  10. tenpast7

    tenpast7 Occasional commenter

    No way would I ever go back to it.
    I get such a warm glow knowing I never have to endure that crock of sh*t
    Shedman likes this.
  11. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    I doubt I would get through the training even if I was as young as I was when I started. I go into schools now and see student teachers on their knees, breaking down and walking away. When I trained in '89 TP was tough but you could cope.
    phlogiston and Shedman like this.
  12. maggie m

    maggie m Lead commenter

    Not a chane.I had a university tutor visiting our student last week. She told me she didn't think she could hack it in a classroom these days. Sadly the student isn't coping and there isn't much more we can do to help him .I doubt he will finish the placement
  13. a1976

    a1976 Established commenter

    It will be a snowy day in hell before I would ever EVER go back to that "profession". I don't miss the toxic and cold environments, the backbiting, the meetings behind closed doors, the nasty attitude that has been allowed to prevail over the key stages by SLT and pastoral managers (cough, child advocates). No, and to be honest, I hope the system collapses. The proposed pay increase would not tempt me back, although I don't think teachers will ever see it to begin with, not because the government won't pass it in parliament, but because it won't filter its way down to teachers. Instead, it will go to management.
    littlestrebel, blazer and Shedman like this.
  14. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    Five years ago, I left a school where I had been for many years. I was somewhat sorrowful, browbeaten and confused by the process that left me unwanted.
    Funnily enough, opportunities jumped out on me from all sorts of unexpected players including sideline enterprises of the school that hadn't wanted me. I also moved for most of my time to an alternative provider, working with kids who have fallen through the cracks.
    A year and a half ago, I was approached by "those who had found me wanting". "Staff had left". They had a crisis. Phlogiston was the only solution. I fell around laughing for a week or two.
    They rewrote the timetable around my one day a week availability. I had a pleasant year teaching nice kids A level stuff. No meetings no appraisal, one favourable observation.
    Wouldn't go back there full time though. They turnover of staff continues.
    I am valued where I spend most of my working week. That's worth a lot at my age.
    Shedman and blazer like this.
  15. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    Oh the delicious irony of it all! The sight of a cocksure SLT eating copious quantities of humble pie through all the egg plastered on their faces must be worth relishing in the extreme.
  16. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    That was the main reason I accepted the job. All my friends expected me to tell them where to go!
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  17. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    Even better that now they have you back your mere presence rubs their noses in their own hubris.
  18. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    I've finished now!
    A year was enough.
    It was quite fun finding that my physical presence still lingered. I found an ancient text with a post it in my writing directing a (naughty?) child to do some work.
    Shedman likes this.
  19. Kandahar

    Kandahar Star commenter

    I finished some years ago and would only consider teaching privately today.
  20. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    I have not taught for over 3 years. I must admit I do miss the children of primary age, even as I missed my secondary ones many years ago.
    Alas, at 73 I am starting to feel my age, but often I am tempted to return but I do not think they would want me lol.

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