Post # 1
I just got my acceptance letter for the Education program I applied to and I am BEYOND excited! I cannot wait to be a teacher!! I am hoping I can teach middle school or highschool English.
So any teachers out there? What grade/subject do you teach? And what do you find are the pros and cons of your professions?
Post # 3
teacher here! i teach middle school math..
Post # 4
I’m a teacher (it’s recess!) 🙂 I teach middle school. I have a Grade 6/7 French Immersion class (means I teach Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and PE but all in French). I love it 🙂 Congratulations on getting in! Here are some pros and cons I can think of:
pros: no day is ever the same, very rewarding, the day goes by quickly, the kids can totally cheer you up
cons: the kids can totally get you mad, talking to parents can be stressful, planning and marking can be time consuming
Post # 5
I am a teacher as well! I teach Grades 7 8 and 9, all french immersion and core french Math, Science, and Social studies. It’s my first year and although I find it overwhelming at times, I absolutely love it!
Pros: A totally new peer group…(new staff= new friends 🙂 ) , you learn something new every day, kids can be so much fun and you get to know some very unique and awesome personalities, oooh…and who can forget you get all holidays off? Christmas, march break…and those two wonderful months in the summer..which is great especially if your’e planning a wedding 🙂
cons: Tons of planning and marking = no life, days when you have little to no patience can be quite painful lol , and some parents can be awful to deal with.
Post # 6
Thanks for the response ladies! I am so excited! I just want to get started already 🙂 It seems like the perfect career for me because I am very much the creative type. SO teases me because I get so pumped about the idea of decorating a classroom! haha
I am glad to hear that although there are downfalls, you still all very much love what you do.
Post # 7
I teach HS English.
Pros: each day is different – get to interact with people – very self-directed
Cons: not enough time – lots of pressure – standardized tests
I totally love what I do even when I’m completely stressed out!
Post # 8
Congratulations! I was going to school for Elementary Education, but decided it wasn’t for me. But I may reconsider as the years go on. I do love children. Once again, congratulations!
Post # 9
i am currently in a masters program studying education. i am well on my way to becoming a teacher! hoping for 1st grade!!!
Post # 10
Thanks for the congrats girls! The only thing that stresses me a little is parts of the salary issue. Florida is one of the lowest paid states, if not the lowest for teachers. Last year our school board laid off 500 teachers due to budget cuts. There was all kinds of outrage as you can imagine! I don’t believe teachers earn the respect or support they should get in our community. That being said, SO and I have discussed moving somewhere else, because although I am a born and raised Florida girl, I hate the heat and am quickly tiring of this state.
Any reccomendations on good areas for teachers?
Post # 11
That’s one of the main reasons I backed away from education. Governor Christie (in New Jersey) really hurt any potential teacher jobs with all the cut-backs in education and many teachers being laid off. I didn’t want to have to compete for my job every year before I reached tenure (and I’ve heard rumors about tenure being taken away – but I have no idea)
I’m not sure if moving will solve the problem, but it’s worth looking into.
Post # 12
I’m a high school teacher in NZ – think that would be Grades 7-12 in the States system. I teach English and Drama/Theatre Studies.
Pros: Much more flexible lifestyle, without fail something will happen each day to make me laugh/smile, changing lives and kids’ perception of themselves (I work in lower socioeconomic areas)
Cons: Kids who never change (no matter what the effort you put in), planning (bleck), paperwork, the amount of assessments you need to get your students through.
Post # 13
I am a fourth grade teacher in an urban school in CT, and I love my job. It is A LOT of work, beyond stressful, and harder than I ever thought it would be. That being said, I really think it is the best job on earth.
It took me three years to finally get my own classroom, so I really appreciate the fact that I have a job. Yes the paperwork stinks, there is pressure to keep test scores up, administration is not very supportive, but the kids and the time I get to spend actually teaching is great. You will love it!
Post # 14
I am currently in Teacher’s College, congrats on getting in! I will be qualified to teach K-6 when I’m done. I’m not sure how it goes where you are, but it’s an eight month program here in Ontario and it’s WAY more stressful than my bachelor’s program. 9 courses all with tons of assignments and group work. But I know it will be worth it in the end, and the in-school practicums are really enjoyable. Good luck!
Post # 15
I teach art. Last year I taught elementary, art on a cart. This year I teach middle school and LOVE it. The kids are incredible. They are so much fun. They are the reason I get out of bed everyday to go to work. The worst part is the kiddos who could care less no matter how hard you try. I don’t think salary is an issue. I am a 2nd year teacher with no masters experience yet (next year I will have some time towards it) and I totally get by on my pay. Between my Fiance and I, we own a home, he has a new car, we have 2 dogs and a cat, just built a large deck, have lots of debt and wedding to save for and we live just fine. Plus, you can always work part time in the summer to supplement your income!
Post # 16
I am a middle school (6th through 8th grade) special education teacher in Massachusetts. I teach in a substantially separate classroom (with kids with more severe special needs).
Unfortunately, there have been budget cuts in EVERY state thanks to the economy, which has led to many teacher lay-offs. If you’re not laid off, chances are that there will be a budget freeze… meaning no raises, etc. Massachusetts teachers are unionized (don’t know if its like that everywhere), so one of the big cons is contract negotiation time, where its basically a fight between teachers, administration, and the town.
@runnerbeez: if you’re sick of the heat, head on up here to Boston. We’ve got 2 1/2 feet of snow on the ground and temps below freezing!!