New Mom, thinking about teaching?

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Registered: 01-13-2009
New Mom, thinking about teaching?
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Tue, 08-11-2009 - 9:54pm

Hi everyone! I'm a new mom, and I graduate from college this year (well, May 2010). I'm getting my degree in Math, and I'm not really sure what to do. I originally went to college to be an elementary teacher, so teaching isn't off track at all.

What is your favorite things about teaching?
Do you think it is a good balance between work and motherhood?
Do you think being young (starting to teach at 21) will be a problem with high school or middle school students? (This is my biggest fear)
Anything I should know in general (or to sway me to teach lol)?

TIA!





Hailey =)


Lilypie


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Wed, 08-12-2009 - 1:09pm

I am right now finishing a certificate in Ontario, but I taught music fulltime for a year in Arizona.

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Registered: 03-24-2003
Wed, 08-12-2009 - 7:28pm

Hello, Heather! We frequently get questions like yours.

Sherry

 

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Registered: 01-13-2009
Wed, 08-12-2009 - 9:09pm

Thanks for your replies. I started as an elementary ed major because I wanted to teach and love children. I went to math after I realized a minor wouldn't be enough to satisfy my love for it. I was brough back because almost all of the math majors from my college are going to teach, and hearing them talk about it got me thinking that maybe I should have stayed my original course. I've also always looked up to my teachers and enjoyed my bond with them.

My concern about age is because I could easily go back to high school as a narc or something and no one would suspect it. There are some high schoolers now that look older than I do lol. But you're right.. if I establish respect from the beginning, it should be fine.

I will most certainly try to observe one of my old math teachers class, and ask if I can teach for the day under their supervision. Since I kept great ties with them, this shouldn't be a problem.

I must admit that summers off are a huge plus with the job, but isn't the reason I might choose it.

Thanks again!





Hailey =)


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Thu, 08-13-2009 - 1:01pm

One other thing I forgot to mention about age: how you dress makes a big difference in how the students see you.

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Sun, 08-16-2009 - 3:48pm
I teach 11th and 12th grade, and not only am I very short, but I look younger than most of my students. YUours will probably try to take advantage at first, but they do that to everyone. Here are some tips.
-- dress professionally, even on casual days until your authority is established
-- don't tolerate rudeness or disrespect at all. Stamp it out immediately.
-- think of your first year as a learning experience. Your 2nd year will be better.
-- don't be afraid to send students to the office if the situation warrants it. (I thought it showed incompetence on my part, but I learned that the administration is there to support you. Let them. They understand new teachers have a hard time.)
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