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Teacher Training in general
Member Name: debrina
Teacher Training in general
Date: 17/06/01, updated on 17/06/01 (88 review reads)
Advantages: Holidays!, Ability to instil some sort of education
Disadvantages: Stress, Decreasing budgets, Not terribly well paid
This position requires you to work long hours for an average salary. You will work overtime at a moments notice for no extra money. You may well be subject to verbal or physical abuse which you will not retaliate against. You will have large amounts of pressure heaped on you with very little concern for your physical or emotional state. You will approach your job with a cheery disposition and treat all your clients (pupils) with far more respect than you will ever get from them. Only the insane or highly dedicated need apply…
OK so this is a little over the top…but not much! I sat to write this "advice" after a rubbish day and yet I`m surprised how positive I still feel about the job. So here follows my thought on teaching, how helpful they are remains to be seen but they are from the heart!
From being a small child I have always had the notion that I wanted to teach…why? Don`t know it was just something I wanted to do, something I knew that I would do, something that I have been doing for the last 14 years or so.
I have taught in primary school, secondary school and now college. Music is the name of the game and something I feel very strongly about. You may ask would I recommend others to join the professions and the answer would have to be …you really and I mean really have to want to teach to stick at this game.
Friends always made me squirm when they would say teaching, easy, all those holidays oooh yes aren`t they fab…well its nice to have some time to recover but let me tell you, you NEED it. Lets face it if teaching were soooo easy why isn`t everyone doing it. The answer is because its bloody hard work.
I started in a social priority secondary school in the East End of London, talk about baptism by fire! But it was sink or swim. At that time teaching was quite fun really and I got a lot from working with the pupils. This is however not a 9-5 job. You
get in about 8am and some nights wouldn`t leave until after 6 with after school activities. Then there are parents evenings, don`t forget all the preparation you do, marking homework and writing reports and when you are the only teacher of a subject in a school, like music, this amounts to around 120 reports at any one time. This is all done in your OWN time.
Primary school teaching is different again, I was not a class teacher but went in to deliver the music curriculum 2 days a week working with the different classes. I have a lot of respect for colleagues in primary schools being a jack of all trades so to speak is not easy and having the same class ALL year every day can be a nightmare if you get a particularly "lively" bunch.
Anyway I digress, teaching is and can be very rewarding and yet at the same time frustrating. The problem nowadays is the pressure of league tables, OFSTED reports, national curriculum, SATs etc etc. Having done all the paperwork you have to do the spark has been taken out of the job. To allow people to learn YOU , the teacher, have to be enthusiastic about your subject, hard when you have to justify your existence based on figures and tables.
To be a teacher you need the patience of a saint, the stamina of, well, someone with a lot of stamina. You need to be a shoulder to cry on, a counsellor, advisor, clerk, occasionally comedian, diplomat, etc etc…. you get the picture! Hard in an environment with a high rate of nervous breakdowns and stress related illnesses.
I couldn`t imagine not teaching and yet there are some many times that I wonder why I do…this is best described with the feeling you get when you finally see someone achieve something that you have helped them achieve…. This need not be something huge or even happen every day..all I can say is, for me, nothing beats the feeling of pride when you watch someone stand on a stage and perform knowing that you helped t
hem do it!! OK this doesn`t apply to every teacher but I think you`ll understand.
Teaching is HARD, yes there are better paid jobs with less pressure but for me it`s what I do and it`s who I am