want to be a teacher...can you help?

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Registered: 09-11-2008
want to be a teacher...can you help?
Fri, 09-12-2008 - 8:31am


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Registered: 03-24-2003
Fri, 09-12-2008 - 9:57am

Hello, Emily. Can you tell me why you want to teach? One of the things I recommend to anyone who is considering going into education is to get some experience working with kids in schools. If your school has a cadet teaching program, enroll. If you can get a job working in daycare, in a girls' club or at the Y, do that.



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Registered: 05-25-2007
Sat, 09-13-2008 - 7:58pm

Hi Emily,

I'm Dana and I've been teaching K-4 special ed for 2 years now.

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Registered: 06-04-2003
Tue, 09-16-2008 - 2:58pm

My darling emily,

I toiled with the idea of not answering you because I didn't want to seem like I was discouraging you. You are so young and I don't want to put negative thoughts in your head, but do what you will with what I am about to say........

Personally, I think you are way too young to be overly concerned about what you want to be when you grow up. You are only 15 (or 14 depending on when your birthday is) education is important and I hope you continue being successful in school, but you need to be considering several options and definitely options with higher earning potential than teaching, because frankly it takes a number of years in this profession to earn a salary that is reasonable.......

Also, we can tell you as much as we can, but our experiences are drastically different. I have had some good experiences and some down right horrible experiences. In ten years, your experience may be different, who's to say..........

I became a teacher because I thought I could make a difference and give back to the community I came from. Now, I honestly wish I would have made a different choice. Not because I hate it, because I never anticipated the level of difficulty and the extreme amounts of disrespect involved....

My favorite things about teaching are the friends I have made, the benefits, the days off and those rare students that you do help or touch or encourage. That never ceases to make me feel better........

All the other stuff, I won't even get into it. I will just say. Consider all options. I would even say consider entrepreneurship.

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Registered: 04-24-2003
Mon, 09-22-2008 - 2:31am
seniors in our district can get credit for going to an elementary classroom as a student aide.