Teacher Bee's help me out!

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

prettyinpink11:  I am a teacher certified in elementary ed and special education. I currently teach 5th and 6th. I absolutely love the little kids- always have, always will. I would never want to teach middle school or high school. 

However – you may be WAY more successful at getting a job in middle school math/science. I don’t know where you are located, but those types of jobs are WAY more abundant around here than an elementary position would be. Definitely research the job market and weigh that into your choice also! 

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

prettyinpink11:  I agree with PP, you will have more job availability if you teach middle shool math and science.

But think about the age. Is that a group you really want to spend your days with? I would make sure you do your practicum in the age group you want to focus on. Middle school is a beast of an entirely different color.

I teach high school English and have been offered many middle school positions, but I’ve flat out refused mainly because I am incapable of possessing the patience to handle that group. You have to be a very special person in order to deal with them. But honestly, if that’s you’re thing, GO FOR IT! It will probably be easier for you to find work!

 

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

prettyinpink11:  I am a high school teacher and I absolutely love it. I love that they are like little adults and I can be “real” with them. However, I love the innocence and enthusiasm of the younger kids (I do after school programs).

If you are looking for a job though, at least here in NY, it is just about statistically impossible to get an elem ed job. Literally 600-1000 applicants for one job. I would do middle school or science but honestly it’s all in what you prefer!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

prettyinpink11: I have my elementary and esl licenses. For me, middle school or high school wasnt’ an option. I knew I wanted to teach children so that’s that. I think you really need to think about what age group you want to spend your days will. I agree that it may be easier to find a middle or high school position, but if that’s not what you want, than you probably shouldn’t do it. I would try and get some experience in each type of classroom to try and figure out which age group you are most comfortable with.  

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

prettyinpink11: Being annoying and chiming in again, hello!! In terms of taking you seriously, you absolutely have to lay down the law. From day one, have rules and stick to them. Have lessons super structured with little chill time (that’s when they get naughty). Make engaging, higher-order thinking lessons. Don’t be sadistic but definitely not too buddy buddy. Definitely better to seem a little firm than to be someone they can take advantage of.

And by far the most important thing to remember when teaching high schoolers is DO NOT TRY TO BE COOL. Do not share personal details. They can see right through you and you will be a joke.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

prettyinpink11:  I teach Spanish level 3, 4, 5/University in Upstate (semi-rural/ suburban) NY. Yeah the job market is flooded here. It kills me to tell my students to not go for elem ed but all my former students who did that did have been subbing… for like 4 years 🙁

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I’m certified to teach grades 5-12, but would never go below 9th. Currently, I teach English to 9th graders. Next year, I will be teaching both the freshmen and the seniors (yay!). My district can be pretty tough to get into, regardless of what level you teach, but it does appear to be easier to be looking for a math/science position at the middle school level or above. 

In regards to the whole taking a younger teacher seriously, that is why last year and this year (my first two years) I only taugh freshmen. First, I do really love that age, but also it put a lot of years between them and me. I’ll be going in to teaching seniors (who I will be almost a decade older than when I start teaching them next year) with some experience and I think that will help. When you teach high school you have to have a fine line. Be yourself-if you’re fake, they’ll for sure know it, but also lay down the boundaries and the expectations immediately. I would HATE teaching elementary students because you can’t talk to them and be straight with them. I feel you have to be much more subtle than you need to be with teenagers. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

prettyinpink11:  I’m not going to lie, I feel like it’s really rough for young teachers in high school.

I love teaching high school, but it’s definitely not for everyone. The kids are in that weird place where they’re tired, unhappy, moody, and sarcastic. Some days I experience the greatest joys in their triumphs, and then sometimes I just want to set my classroom on fire.

I don’t get baby fever. It’s so weird, but I get teenager fever. I don’t want to get pregnant and have a baby, but sometiems I wish I had my own teenage son. It’s so weird. Being in high school is such a weird, wonderful world.

But like I said, it’s not for everyone. Maybe look into it?

 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I teach high school science- I LOVE it. I thought I wanted to be Elementary Ed at first, but I worked in a daycare during college and quickly realized that the middle school kids and kids over about 8 years old really drive me nuts- especially in larger groups! Ha! It’s just my personality I guess. My mom was a teacher (HS) and my sister is a 5th grade/ middle school teacher so it also seems to run in the family. 🙂 My kids can be complete boneheads some days but most of the time I feel like I can communicate with them and do things with them where they can be a little more independent and self-sufficient. I also love watching them reach their goals and grow into adults- go off to college and then come back and tell me about their successes. The job security as a science teacher is a great plus as well, although that wasn’t my original intent. ;)<br /><br />Good luck!

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