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One of the hardest jobs ever
Secondary School Teacher
Member Name: meumeu77
Secondary School Teacher
Date: 27/12/08, updated on 28/12/08 (169 review reads)
Advantages: Good pay, long holidays
Disadvantages: Poor behaviour, lack of support (depending on headteacher)
Well, I'm afraid I am going to write a more negative review than the previous 2.
Becoming a teacher has always been something I wanted to do from as far as I can remember.
Because I love languages I thought it made sense to become a languages teacher. In a secondary school.
After working a bit in translation I went back to uni to do a PGCE (post graduate certificate in education).
That alone was extremely hard and demanding. I'd often go to bed at 12am/1am to finish planning lessons and making impressive resources to impress my mentors in order to pass.
Then I found a job fairly easily in a decent school. Teaching is very time-consuming. I would get to work for 7.30am and not leave before 5.30pm (school ended at 2.30pm) and I would still have marking and more planning/resource making to do at home in the evening. Some days I couldn't face it or was too tired.
I never managed to fully enjoy my free time at weekends and on holiday as I always had marking and planning on my mind.
Yes, as a teacher you do get a great deal of holidays but if you're a conscientious teacher, chances are you will spend half of your free time working.
I ended up having virtually no social life and only my teacher friends could understand what I was going through.
I changed school to move back up North and ended up in an average school. The behaviour was shocking, the discipline nearly non-existent. It's as if the senior team had given up on school rules.
When you're in such a school and you're a young woman, you've got no chance.
On top of the heavy workload, I ended up chasing up pupils who failed to attend detentions (nearly all of them).
The senior team didn't care enough. I could have hit my head against a wall, they wouldn't have done anything.
As you may have gathered, I am no longer a teacher.
When I was, I was grateful for the good pay and the holidays but after 5 years of teaching, I was going down a dangerous road called depression and decided it was time for me to quit.
I now earn less but I feel more in control and I've got my self-respect back.
Only go into (secondary school) teaching if you have nerves of steel.
I really admire those of you who can stick at it.
Summary: Only do it if you're as tough as nails
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