(Closed) Any teachers out there?

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

teacher here! i teach middle school math.. 

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m a teacher (it’s recess!) πŸ™‚  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 πŸ™‚  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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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 πŸ™‚ ) , 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 πŸ™‚

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 # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

i am currently in a masters program studying education. i am well on my way to becoming a teacher! hoping for 1st grade!!!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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.

Good luck!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

congrats!!!

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

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!!

 

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