Thinking of becoming a teacher..advice needed! :)

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Thinking of becoming a teacher..advice needed! :)
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Sun, 11-07-2010 - 10:23pm

Hi guys - I've never posted here before & I actually am not even a teacher (yet!) but I have some questions about becoming one, if any of your would be so kind to give your advice I would appreciate it tons!

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Hi, Michelle: I think many of us do like our jobs when we are actually teaching kids. The frustrations we've voiced and the warnings offered are because we rarely get to just teach. The politicians, the administration, the selfish

Sherry
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Don't forget the vomiting, the trying to reach parents who won't pick up the phone when they see the school in the caller ID, the parents who send their clearly ill students to school because they can't miss work, doing head lice checks, the clearly HUNGRY and neglected kids who have nothing and nobody

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School nurses do a lot more than that. Today, many special ed students are in regular ed schools. Do you have any idea how many of these kids need meds? Guess who administers them? There are kids in school with diabetes, ADHD, anxiety issues and they all need meds. Many kids have life threatening allergies as well and the school nurse has to keep track of all of them. I used to get pages and pages of info from the school nurse about kids with special medical needs. That is not an easy job either.
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wow!

  
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I teach Spanish 2 and 3 to 11th and 12th graders.

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The CL is correct. She gave you a fair and equal assessment of what to expect if you do get into this field.

As for my opinion, I'll keep it short, if I had it to do over again, I would not have become a teacher, the low pay is MADDENING. I'll stop there with the negatives.

I will say, you're only 20, you may change your mind again and yes the ladies are right, get some work experience with children under your belt first, that will help you decide once and for all.

I have other opinions that are very strong but I will keep them. Good luck in your endeavors. I know you'll make the right choice.

GT39

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One point Sherry made in particular......"try out"

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I got into teaching because I worked with younger students and was a tutor during my high school years.

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Hi there! Sherry has already given you some great advice. I second her advice to get some experience in the classroom before you decide. It will give you a much more realistic idea of what education is like.

A lot of people are probably drawn to teaching for the hours, but that is definitely not enough of a reason to go into the field. You said you also like kids so that's great. Now for the drawbacks....No Child Left Behind has really changed teaching tremendously in the last several years. If you work in a district that has low test scores, all of your dreams about creative teaching can be tossed out the window. You will spend a lot of time trying to improve standardized test scores. This sucks all the fun and creativity out of teaching. I have experienced this first hand. Other negatives include parents who think their children can do no wrong and will call you up and tell you so if you discipline their child or give them a grade they think they don't deserve. I have seen this even in 6th grade. Also be aware that more and more schools are moving towards a full inclusion model for special education so they you are likely to have special needs students in you class and you will have to adapt all of your teaching for them. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, with education constantly fighting for funding, there are not a lot of jobs out there, especially for elementary school teachers who are a dime a dozen. I lost my job in June and I am still unemployed. I recently read an article that said this is the worst job market for teachers since the Great Depression. You are almost guaranteed to get a job if you get a nursing degree. The same cannot be said for teaching.

I started out my career as a teacher of the deaf. I later went back and got a MLS and I have worked as a librarian in middle and high schools for the past 11 years. I like working with secondary school kids because the work you can do with them is more sophisticated. I love the job itself, however, the drawbacks I mentioned above as well as some other things, have made it very hard to enjoy teaching sometimes.

Good luck to you in making your decision.

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