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Primary School Teachers
Member Name: Lynsey100
Primary School Teachers
Date: 11/08/06, updated on 12/08/06 (2745 review reads)
Advantages: More rewarding than you would imagine
Disadvantages: An early grave perhaps?
I have been teaching for a couple of years now, after going back to Uni to do a PGCE. It was the most difficult year of my life, because the course is so difficult and I had to live on toast for nine months. However, becoming a primary teacher is the best thing that has ever happened to me. Lots of people are trying to get into teaching now, because the pay is competitive, and the holidays are good. If that's your only motivation then you should probably forget about it. When you are in the classroom it is so important that you love what you do. Here are some of the pros and cons of teaching.
*Working with children.
Yes, they can drive me nuts at times. Like when their teeth fall out, and they shove them in your face as if they are holding an olympic gold medal. Or when you ask a maths question, and the child you pick to answer tells you that their budgie has just died. Life is the classroom is never dull! Seriously though, as a primary teacher you are a really important person in a child's life. Plus, you can sing and dance around the room like a moron, and they don't laugh they just join in. Whatever you do, the kids think is great!
I don't scoff at what I get paid, because I've been out there and done my fair of crappy jobs, getting paid peanuts. I do, however, think that teachers should get paid more for what we do.
Always off for Christmas, and a good break in the summer. The reality is that you always end up doing work in your holidays though.
No two days are ever the same. This was a major selling point of the job for me, as I get bored very easily. I can spend an afternoon pretending to be a pirate in drama, or out in the garden looking for mini-beasts while pretending not to be scared
Have you ever seen "The Omen"? Damien lives and there is more than one of him. Believe me.
You get paid for 35 hours a week, but work plenty more than that. Don't expect to sleep when reports are due!
*You are a teacher 24 hours a day
You see children running around in supermarkets and want to reprimand them immediately. You go for a walk with your friends, but you trail behind because you are picking up leaves and other fascinating things for the classroom. Your mates laugh at you for using the phrase "dreadful behaviour" when discussing Big Brother housemates.
*You've got to be a jack of all trades
Expect to be a mum, nurse, artist, musician, athlete, actress, scientist, writer - you get the idea. Be prepared for juggling lots of balls, and not in a fun sexual sort of way.
If this sounds like the job for you, then it will require a spell at university. In scotland you can do a four year B Ed course, or if you have already graduated, you can do the one year PGCE. It can be quite difficult to get onto the course, so try to get some experience in a school first as it will help your application. In England I believe you get paid around £6000 to do a PGCE, but no funding in Scotland I'm afraid, although you will get your fees paid for you and you will be eligible for a student loan - hurrah!!!
I go back to school on Thursday, where i'll be faced with a Primary One class for the first time. Twenty seven children aged between four and five. I'll probably aquire a couple more grey hairs this year, (I'm 26, I'm just not ready to go grey!) and tear a lot out too, but I'm sure I'll have some fun along the way. Best job in the world, it really is.
Summary: A great job, but you have to love working with children.
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