(Closed) Teacher bees…

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
2394 posts
Buzzing bee


Teaching *can* be fun and rewarding, depending on the setting. If I were in your shoes and I were considering a career in teaching, I would strongly think about working in private schools or in some type of special setting such as a Montessori school.


Public education is a huge, huge mess right now. It was the most fun job in the world when I started 10 years ago. Now it’s all about numbers.

If you go to work in public schools, you will work 12-hour days Monday through Friday in an attempt to keep up with the paperwork. You will spend one fifth of your instructional time doing repeated assessments or kill-and-drill preps to get them ready for the assessments. You will spend hours and hours after school and sometimes on weekends analyzing your students’ data, preparing graphs to chart their progress, assembling the graphs into large binders so you can answer to the principal at weekly meetings to discuss the data. For students who are below grade level, you will be required to do one-on-one instruction as an intervention — while simultaneously managing all the other kids in the class — and then charting their progress on a weekly basis.

Anything fun or creative will be planned on weekends at home after a 60-hour work week.

Last of all, in many states, your salary and annual evaluation will be based on scores of your students, including Johnny Stoned who played hooky for 1/4 of the quin and shreds erasers at his desk during tests.

Or, if you end up working in a district like mine, your evaluation and job security will be based on the scores of kids who aren’t even your own students. In my state, they haven’t yet chosen a big standardized annual progress assessment for K, 1 and 2 students. So those of us who teach K, 1 and 2 are instead being evaluated based on the scores of 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students at our schools. It’s madness.

My advice would be to stay far, far, far away from public schools.


Post # 4
413 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I’m a kindergarten teacher at up public school. I LOVE my job! No mattealways stressful my day was I always look forward to going back the next day. I graduated with a degree in elementary education. I substitute taught my first year out of college and then got a job teaching first grade. Then this year I switched to kindergarten. If you teach, be prepared to put in a lot of work…just make sure it’s worth it to you or you will hate teaching.

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