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would you recommed teaching to a graduate?

Discussion in 'Thinking of teaching' started by catymars, Apr 12, 2017.

  1. catymars

    catymars New commenter

    I have seen many extremes written about online, some teachers saying that they found it such a rewarding profession, and others saying that they felt unappreciated. Would you agree with either of these?
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  2. JohnJCazorla

    JohnJCazorla Star commenter

    I can agree with both and often simultaneously. Perhaps it's just self-justifying on my part, but a lot of posters here appear to like the teaching but hate the rubbish that makes it a sickener.

    I do keep trying to get away as well.
  3. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    I certainly wouldn't recommend it to a non-graduate.
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  4. Pomza

    Pomza Star commenter

    I would. I switched from a high pressured career to teaching and have been much happier ever since.

    I have taught various age-ranges and have found working with young people (and other teachers) far more rewarding than my previous profession.
  5. Informant

    Informant New commenter

    Maybe. Wise words from Pomz who comments with the voice of experience after a life outside the classroom. I might advise caution to an inexperienced young new graduate who was hoping to start a lifelong career in teaching. Not really saying that it's educational incest without other experience, but they should know the drop out rate and realistic career prospects. TV adverts say £65K for classroom teachers, but many leaders hesitate to let their staff progress to UPS3. It can be hugely rewarding and there are some sparkling personalities in staffrooms, but find a representative sample to see the demands by visiting schools and then judge for yourself.
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  6. Moony

    Moony Lead commenter

    Honestly? No, it's too much of a gamble in terms of getting through training and finding a good school. I do admit that I've been 'burnt' in the sense of having WRS and I'm working supply until I can get out. But I still do enjoy teaching when I've got a good group of kids in front of me. The problem isn't really the being with kids and teaching them part. It's all the **** that comes with the job and the grinding nature of dealing with disruptive behaviour.
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  7. drvs

    drvs Star commenter

    Teaching is extremely rewarding, doing so in many schools is not. I would recommend it only with heavy provisos.
  8. rosievoice

    rosievoice Star commenter

  9. Sillow

    Sillow Lead commenter

    I love my job about 70% of the time. But I am experienced, work no more than 45 hours a week, rarely on weekends and don't go in during holidays. But I am aiming to leave within the next 5 years, as I still find the daily pressure too much.

    I currently have a Schools Direct student and see how much work he does; he's nearly killing himself with it all, had barely an evening to himself and is already talking about how he's not sure if he's made the right decision by training.

    Think very carefully about it, talk to lots of current teachers, get some experience in a school.
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  10. theluckycat

    theluckycat Occasional commenter

    I think a lot of it comes down to personality. You need to be very resilient, carry on and be confident in your abilities even when scrutinised and constantly monitored. Some people love being up front and in control of a classroom, some people find it stressful. It's a strange job, in that you only really know if you like doing it, once you're in the role, and probably committed to a course and student finance. Like others have said, I would get some experience in schools, and don't consider it a lifelong career. Even in watching a classroom in action, you won't see all the work teachers do at home, the all day Sunday prepping for the week ahead. Cover supervisory work can be a good way to experience the practicalities of actually doing it.
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  11. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    I agree with jennylambchop in that a lot of it involves personality. Actually the skills involved in teaching course content, writing lesson plans, and marking, can be learnt fairly easily. It is the ability to go into a classroom day after day and retain your enthusiasm in the mist of working with some very difficult students who do not wish to be in your lessons.

    Teaching is like being in a war zone.

    40% of newly qualified teachers leave within 5 years of qualifying.
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  12. drvs

    drvs Star commenter

    OP last seen on day of posting ...
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  13. willcott

    willcott New commenter

    It never ceases to intrigue and confuse me how often people (apparently seriously) post and then never return... Bizarre.
  14. englishtt06

    englishtt06 Occasional commenter

    Short answer: No.
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  15. Moony

    Moony Lead commenter

    Yep, I had a couple of lessons today that felt like that!
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  16. Alldone

    Alldone Senior commenter

    They probably read the replies and though hell no, I'm getting out of here.
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  17. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    If you enjoy working 50+ hours a week and delight in disruption, then please apply to be a teacher.
  18. install

    install Star commenter

    If you want no bonus pay, no Union recognition in some places, no Overtime pay, no pay scale mobility in places, few pay rises...along with long term opportunity to be one of the Working Poor - then teaching is the job.
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  19. drvs

    drvs Star commenter

    pepper5 and install like this.
  20. dunnocks

    dunnocks Star commenter

    No I would not recommend it
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