Post # 1
So I went to cosmetology school at 17 and was successful but it’s not the most rewarding career field so at 22 I went back to college. I wanted to be involved with cancer patients so I wanted my degree in radiation therapy. I took all the “required” classes and then some physics and biology classes, but now that I’m ready to get started on the serious classes I’m reconsidering it. My FI is a pilot in the USAF and we will be moving around so I don’t wanna be halfway through the course then have to move because only a few schools offer this degree!
the only other degree id be interested in would be teaching, I’ve always enjoyed English/creative writing. This is where you ladies come in. What degree do you have? What do you teach? Do you love it, hate it? How much do you make?
Im 24 so I feel like I need to figure this out soon!!
I just need some advice 🙂 thank you!!!
Post # 3
Teaching *can* be fun and rewarding, depending on the setting. If I were in your shoes and I were considering a career in teaching, I would strongly think about working in private schools or in some type of special setting such as a Montessori school.
Public education is a huge, huge mess right now. It was the most fun job in the world when I started 10 years ago. Now it’s all about numbers.
If you go to work in public schools, you will work 12-hour days Monday through Friday in an attempt to keep up with the paperwork. You will spend one fifth of your instructional time doing repeated assessments or kill-and-drill preps to get them ready for the assessments. You will spend hours and hours after school and sometimes on weekends analyzing your students’ data, preparing graphs to chart their progress, assembling the graphs into large binders so you can answer to the principal at weekly meetings to discuss the data. For students who are below grade level, you will be required to do one-on-one instruction as an intervention — while simultaneously managing all the other kids in the class — and then charting their progress on a weekly basis.
Anything fun or creative will be planned on weekends at home after a 60-hour work week.
Last of all, in many states, your salary and annual evaluation will be based on scores of your students, including Johnny Stoned who played hooky for 1/4 of the quin and shreds erasers at his desk during tests.
Or, if you end up working in a district like mine, your evaluation and job security will be based on the scores of kids who aren’t even your own students. In my state, they haven’t yet chosen a big standardized annual progress assessment for K, 1 and 2 students. So those of us who teach K, 1 and 2 are instead being evaluated based on the scores of 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students at our schools. It’s madness.
My advice would be to stay far, far, far away from public schools.
Post # 4
I’m a kindergarten teacher at up public school. I LOVE my job! No mattealways stressful my day was I always look forward to going back the next day. I graduated with a degree in elementary education. I substitute taught my first year out of college and then got a job teaching first grade. Then this year I switched to kindergarten. If you teach, be prepared to put in a lot of work…just make sure it’s worth it to you or you will hate teaching.
Post # 5
@BelliniChic: awesome advice! I had liked the idea of teaching high school English at a private school and then continuing my education to become a college professor, your comments let me know I have the right idea!! Thank you!!
@monique1218: it’s good to hear you enjoy it so much! My fi is surprised I want to teach high school lol he said really? I thought for sure you’d want first grade!