Post # 17
I will pipe up as the fiance of a new teacher who got his certification through Teach for America, so he did not major in Education.
It’s a damn hard job. He’s a great teacher according to all his colleagues and administrators, and he has a lot of support from other teachers, lesson plans, etc. – but he is still way more stressed than I ever thought he could be.
We are long distance, and he says often that it will be easier when he has me to come to. Honestly, I don’t know if that will make it harder. I know being married to a teacher will be difficult. There is a lot of pressure because you have to be “ON” everyday. Rather than working on week or month long projects, you have to be prepared for each and every day, and you have often close to a hundred students who are depending on you. It’s a lot.
Not trying to say don’t do it, just saying its hard, so you have to really want it or you burn out.
Post # 18
I too am awaiting a full time teaching job – currently I am a sub for elementary school (k-6) and i also have a short term job as a CELDT proctor (It’s an English Language Development Test here in California)… anyway…
I hate to be the downer of the group.. but as with any job, there are still a lot of politics in the teaching field. There are copies to make, state mandated tests you have to give and a lot of that typical “office politics” you would find at any other job… so like others have been saying…
You really have to LOVE what you are doing (I would say that for any job, not just for teaching) so that your good days outweigh any negatives or bad days you could possibly have).
I also say it because, as a hopeful teacher, it really bothers me when people say, “Well if i can’t find a job, I’ll just teach” as if it’s the easiest thing to get into. To clarify, Laylabelle – you don’t sound like that type of person to me, you sound like how I was. I got my BA in Communication Studies, worked with kids all through high school and college, decided to go for my credential, now i’m getting my masters while I wait for the job market to get back in shape!
Go for what will make you happy, don’t let the job market discourage you… just put in the work, make contacts everywhere you go, and try it out.
I don’t know how it works in Georgia, but in California ( in most districts) you can become a substitute teacher by simply having a college degree. So if you aren’t sure… try subbing, see how you like it, and go from there! GOOD LUCK!
Post # 19
In Georgia, at least in our county, and it’s been the same in the two other counties I’ve worked in-you can sub by taking a class (sub certification & orientation or something similar-ours is offered by the county) and you can sub after passing assorted background checks and fingerprinting. 🙂 It’s a good way to get at least a taste of it, and if you get a long term sub (think surgery, maternity leave, medical treatments such as chemo, etc.) you will get a very realistic experience.
Post # 20
- Wedding: September 2010 - Heinz Chapel Ceremony, Museum Reception
@daniellemybelle: I’m Teach for America too! I was in the Las Vegas Valley region. Tell your fiance I said “good luck”–I think the entire experience is something only other TFA alums can understand!
Post # 21
@liztwinz – holy cow – I have the utmost respect for you and the profession you chose. Thank god for people like you. Future Sister-In-Law has Down Syndrome and would have greatly benefited from having someone such as yourself for a teacher. It definitely takes a special person to do what you do, so thank you.
Ya’ll have been the biggest help!!!
Post # 22
I am in my 8th year of teaching. I have taught 2nd 3rd and 4th grade in two different states and loved them all. I knew from the first day I came home from kindergarten that I wanted to be a teacher and never waivered. It is the best job in the world. I love it. I always knew it’s what I was meant to do, my true calling from God. I am blessed to have found it and followed it, not everyone gets that, so if this is meant for you then GO FOR IT! Good Luck and Keep Us Posted!
Post # 23
I am teaching children with autism for 5 yrs. now. I originally went to school to become an elem. ed. teacher and got my degree. I began working in a school with autistic kids and I loved it. I went back to school and obtained my spec. ed. degree and that’s what I am doing now. It is rewarding and I love what I do, although it can be very tiring. Good Luck!!
Post # 24
Depending on what state you teach in, certification and requirments will vary. ALso, depending on the education program on your school, certification requirements may vary. I say, if you think you might want to teach…try it out. I was going to school for history and the law, I was only a year into it when I realized I really loved teaching. Through my program, I found I love the profession of teaching even more than I love history. Also, I thought I would only want to teach highschool but i found I LOVE middle school and elementary school. You may be suprised…don’t keep yourself from at least experiencing different grade levels first. You can always get graduate level certification to teach. I live in WI and I think you just have to take the education classes like instructional methods, developmental psychology, assessment methods and the like. If you think its your calling, go for it…..I found my calling was not at all what I thought it would be, and now I couldn’t imagine it any other way.