I'm considering becoming a teacher......

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I'm considering becoming a teacher......
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Tue, 10-11-2005 - 7:06pm

in TX. Any HS teachers out there that can give me alittle information. I already have a BA (in Psych) and would be doing the alternative certification program. TIA


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Tue, 10-11-2005 - 8:00pm

Hello and welcome!

Sherry

 

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Tue, 10-11-2005 - 8:11pm

(1) Why are you interested in teaching? My end goal is to go into school counseling and I've noticed that most SD want teaching experience


(2) What past experience have you had working with kids and teaching groups? I have been an early educatio teacher in college (internship at the college CDC), substitute teacher and Parent-Community networking center coordinator for an elementary school


(3) What do you expect to get from a career in education? I'm not sure here. I'm hoping to have a job where I care about what I do but that's not going to break my heart every day like child services will


(4) What problems do you expect to encounter? tons! LOL! Disrespectful kids, irrate parents, and redundant systems


(5) What experience have you had as a parent volunteer, teacher's aide, substitute teacher or classroom observer? I've had good and bad. I've seen kids really "get it" and I've seen kids go off the handle. It all depends on what day it was. I saw teachers frustrated by the buearacracy.


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Tue, 10-11-2005 - 10:08pm

It sounds like you have a pretty realistic focus on education and the experience to look at the requirements clearly.

Sherry

 

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Thu, 10-13-2005 - 9:32pm
I did the alternative certificate program in SC and became a HS English teacher. I quit after my fourth year. Honestly, I would recommend getting an MA in Secondary Education or Counseling. It's less work than working toward certification while trying to teach full time everyday. It also means more money when you do start teaching. I quit teaching because I burned out. My certification took 3 years to complete because there were so many hoops to jump through. I loved my students, but I just never had the time I needed and wanted to devote to them because of the endless amount of work I had to put into certification. In hindsight, I should have just gotten my MA and then started teaching. Now I am working on getting back into school to get an MLIS. I won't go back into a high school as teacher, but rather as a Media Specialist. This way, I get to work with students, earn a living wage, and no longer have to worry about endless piles of paperwork.