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    Any Teachers Out There?

    I just switched my major to History Education and I am pumped! Can any of you tell me your favorite or least favorite parts about teaching?


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    Re: Any Teachers Out There?

    For starters, you cant eat at Legends anymore.



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    Re: Any Teachers Out There?

    Quote Originally Posted by alarson View Post
    For starters, you cant eat at Legends anymore.
    Or Leaders.



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    Re: Any Teachers Out There?

    but you do get summers off



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    Re: Any Teachers Out There?

    Quote Originally Posted by timappelgate View Post
    I just switched my major to History Education and I am pumped! Can any of you tell me your favorite or least favorite parts about teaching?
    Best Parts - being an influential part of your students' lives, helping them earn college credit, seeing the lightbulb go on when you help a struggling student understand something complex

    Worst Parts - paperwork and adapting to the continually changing government regulations as politicians ideas change about what the best educational practices are



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    Not a teacher, but for what it's worth, my favorite teacher ever taught history. He just had a passion for it, and that made all the difference.



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    Quote Originally Posted by SciClone View Post
    Best Parts - being an influential part of your students' lives, helping them earn college credit, seeing the lightbulb go on when you help a struggling student understand something complex

    Worst Parts - paperwork and adapting to the continually changing government regulations as politicians ideas change about what the best educational practices are
    I agree. It wasn't the hours or the students that concerned me the most, it was the lack of support from the administration and the parents and the mounds of paperwork that come from the state and federal government. It is always something new and with it comes extra work. Wouldn't be so bad if it had relevance to the classroom but many times its busy work to justify what you are doing and to show off to the visitors from the state department when they come around for their visits.

    The summer off is okay, but with school getting out later and starting earlier it makes it hard for some to get a job during the summer to supplement income. Unless you have two bread winners in the family, it will be necessary.



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    Building politics and pettiness. You're confined to a single room for the majority of your day and you're on 100% of the time you have kids. It's considerably more taxing than most people realize.



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    working with students = awesome
    working with parents = insanity

    the students still make it worth it all



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    Quote Originally Posted by ISUKyro View Post
    working with students = awesome
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    the students still make it worth it all
    This is why I would never teach anything lower than college. If the students *****, you can tell them to grow up because they're in college now. If the parents *****, you can tell them to get ****ed because their kids are adults now.



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    The continual paperwork you have to fill out, dealing with administrators and the ever changing ideas of the government, unmotivated students and their unmotivated parents are just a few of the drawbacks. Helping students grow and learn, making a difference in a student's life, having time off for summer and doing some coaching are the positives I enjoy.


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    Re: Any Teachers Out There?

    Quote Originally Posted by timappelgate View Post
    I just switched my major to History Education and I am pumped! Can any of you tell me your favorite or least favorite parts about teaching?

    Hardest subject to get a job in...You might try getting a special ed endorsement as well so you can get a foot in the door.



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    Re: Any Teachers Out There?

    Agree with many of the posts, especially about the involvement of the government. Best thing that could happen is to close the Dept of Education and let schools go back to teaching kids instead of worrying about complying with the requirements and paperwork put in place by some suit that has never been a teacher or who hasn't been in a classroom in 20 years.

    Take what you learn in your Edu classes with a grain of salt as well. Things sound great on paper, but the only way you are going to really learn how to be an effective teacher is to get in a school and see what it's really like.



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    Re: Any Teachers Out There?

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUKyro View Post
    working with students = awesome
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    the students still make it worth it all
    In my situation, I have to disagree. There is outstanding parental support at the school where I teach. Having parents on your side really helps students get back in line when they start to stray.



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    If your students get out of line just beat them.



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