(Closed) I'm so lost on what I want to do for school

posted 8 years ago in College
  • poll: Which degree would better suit me, based on the pros and cons?

    B.S. Corporate Communications

    Masters in English

  • Post # 32
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    Busy Beekeeper
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    @beelicious26:  I think its great that you have that specialization! I don’t think it would hurt to go for it if its what you want. And yeah, maybe over summer you could pick up some temp job or something to test the waters!

    We had a few different specializations ( film/broadcasting, PR, Journalism, etc) but I took a general track since I was a transfer and wanted to get out of there fast. However, It did require to take coursework in all the fields.

    Part of me wants to say get a Masters in Communication, cause you can teach with that! But I don’t know how much you want to be teaching anymore or if you only want to teach English.

      I’m thinking about going for a Masters in Comm ( distance/online) because these days you can teach online for colleges- even communicaitons type coursework! So to me working from home is a huge plus , where as the traditional k-12  class room is less appealing to me.

    Post # 34
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    Helper bee
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    Some schools are really ghetto. What’s the big deal? I used to go to school in baltimore and lots of schools there are SUPER ghetto. Stop giving the girl a hard time like you’re perfect. Get outta here!

    Post # 36
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    @MrsSanchizel:  I’m not perfect.  I just know not to insult my students.  There’s a huge difference.

    Post # 37
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    @beelicious26:  Your lack of understanding, your inability to type, and your desire for “easy” classes make me so angry.  You want teachers to be respected…but you want to take the easy way out.  You can’t have both.  

     

    And for the record, though I do not have to defend myself to someone like you, understanding where your students are coming from (which includes their language) is not the same as allowing them to behave “incorrectly” or speak “incorrectly”.  All students I teach come to me with different skill sets.  I work to improve those skill sets to encourage them to have as much access to the world as possible.  Part of that access is the ability to speak Standard English (SE).  That means that yes, if they speak AAVE or any other form of English, it is my responsibility to help them speak both that AND SE.  Berating them for the way they speak is not the way to do that.  Studies have shown that explicitly showing students the differences between their home language and sSE is one way to help students gain skills in SE.  Knowing this, and working with this knowledge, does not mean I am making excuses for the students.  I push them as hard as I think they can be pushed.  If you do continue teaching, I sincerely hope you try to understand this concept.  

    Post # 38
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    Sugar bee
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    @peachacid:  I agree with everything you have said.

    I suggest reading about learned helplessness, the cycle of poverty and to stop measuring other’s choices by your own successes. 

    Post # 39
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    Yikes! OP I think you should try and get a teaching job in a different district if you want to continue to teach. I also would not recommend getting a second bachelors pretty much ever, unless it’s very specific like engineering. Advanced education like a masters and experience are far more beneficial. I would do some networking if I were you and try to see if you can find any opportunities in a field you might like. Depending on where you live, I’m sure you can find some networking events.

    ETA: I don’t think a masters in English is going to get you anywhere, unless you want to teach at a community college. I could be wrong, but I know a couple people who did that, and that was their only option.

    Post # 40
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    Busy bee
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    @peachacid:  I was going to write pretty much the same comment!

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    @beelicious26:  “Correct” vs. “incorrect” are relative terms. Telling students that AAVE is “incorrect” is effectively telling them that their home, parents, and culture are all wrong. Studies have shown that this is terrible for students’ self-esteem. Additionally, students learning that their culture is bad makes them much less likely to have any desire to improve their community.

    Maybe you should try to think of AAVE and SE as two different languages, each with a rich history and culture. Both forms are meaningful and valuable. Teaching students how to speak and write in SE does not have to come at the expense of their AAVE — we’re supposed to be teachers, not colonizers or conquistadors!

    And seriously, please stop calling your kids ghetto. It’s cruel and unprofessional. We need to seek and see the good in our students. I taught in the inner city at an alternative school for years. My students had dropped out or been pushed out of the regular public schools for having babies, getting in gang fights, etc. I would NEVER call them ghetto. They are, and they can be, so much more than their surroundings.

     

    Post # 41
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    @likelimeade:  Do you still teach?

     

    Post # 42
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    @peachacid:  I took last year off to go to grad school full-time. This year I will be teaching again (my new job starts 2 days after our wedding!)

    Post # 43
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I think going back to school’s a bad idea, unless you have a specific career in mind.  I would NOT suggest a Bachelor’s in Communications.  It’s not a very useful degree, especially since Communications majors are a dime a dozen.  If you really want to do something in the business world, I’d suggest Finance or Accounting, as those degrees actually teach you marketable skills.

     

    First off, I’d try teaching somewhere else.  It sounds like the school’s rough, and I don’t blame you from getting burnt out in such a tough environment.  Maybe try a charter school, or a younger grade?

     

    Secondly, if you do go back to school, you should do it because you’ve found a career that really inspires you and gets you excited.  Only then is it worth picking up more debt and making the sacrifice of more school.

    Post # 44
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    @likelimeade:  Awesome, what will you be teaching?  We start on Monday =( but also =)  The kids come back on the 21st.  I work at a charter school, so it’s upheaval every year, which sucks, but I am excited to get back into the swing of things.  AND…let’s all cross our fingers that they did not hire a new middle school art teacher, but instead are giving me and the math specialist the room…lol.  

    Post # 45
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    Busy bee
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    Wow. Just stop teaching, NOW. Teachers that give up on hard students or talk about how they’re “ghetto” instead of trying to inspire them to be better just feed into the problem.

    Post # 46
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    Buzzing bee
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    @peachacid:  I agree with you 100%.  If you insult your students and do NOT absolutely LOVE them, please leave the profession.  We need people who are positive and think about students in a positive light in the profession.  

    Also, getting another bachelor’s isn’t the way to go, just get a masters.

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