I'm currently looking at retraining as a high school / middle school teacher (looking at studying English and History, plus I already have qualifications in Business so may be able to teach there too). I know there is probably a glut of teachers in those disciplines, but given I'll have young kids and a husband in the raaf, I'm happy to do relief for quite a few years to begin with)
If there are any of you out there, I'd love to hear your opinions on the job.
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20-01-2014 15:01 #1Member
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Any high school teachers? Give me the good, bad and ugly
20-01-2014 15:21 #2
I'm a high school teacher. I teach Art/Design, so not particularly familiar with English/humanities etc.. but I do know that those teachers work MUCH harder than I do.
All my English teacher colleagues lament about the amount if corrections they need to do. It's essay after essay of reading.. On the other hand, I don't have many essays to read at all. I would seriously support those teachers getting paid more!
As far as the job in general goes, it's fantastic. It's an exhausting day but at the end of it you really feel like you've made a difference and being an Art teacher is super fun. I'm usually home by about 4.15pm and the holidays are great! I never take work home with me because I find that if you're organised, there's plenty of time at school to get it all done.
I've been teaching for 8 years and I'm 6 weeks pregnant at the moment. I must admit I am looking forward to some time off to look after my OWN child, not someone else's!!
Good luck! We need teachers in schools who actually want to be teachers, so if you think that's you, go for it! All the best!
20-01-2014 15:29 #3
I'm a high school English teacher.
There is a lot of marking so prepare to sacrifice your evenings and about half a day per weekend, although you do get great holidays so it equals out IMO. I'm a fast marker though, some colleagues take ages.
I love it. My particular passion is teaching critical literacy to the senior students - seeing those lightbulb moments is fantastic. I love my subject though, English and textual analysis is my passion. All of my colleagues love their subject and this makes them amazing teachers - if you don't have a passion for English I'd be looking at majoring in business instead as it is a lot of work.
I have taught in public and private schools and find most students are a delight as long as you are firm but fair and treat them with respect.
20-01-2014 20:43 #4
With your business background I would consider being a maths teacher - there is a serious shortage of maths teachers. Eng and History are everywhere. It also opens up the possibility of teaching business at VCE and maybe accounting - obviously if you're not in VIC it would be HSC/ TCE etc equiv.
20-01-2014 21:37 #5
The first couple of years teaching are probably the hardest as you're finding your personal teaching style and building your resources.
If you're planning on doing relief for a little while keep in mind that it can be quite stressful dealing with behaviour issues constantly, primarily because you don't have the chance to build a relationship with the kids.
I left teaching after a few years because I required greater job security at the time. We needed to get finance sorted for buying land to build on and banks weren't keen on the fact I was only on yearly contracts. Metro positions are highly sort after and I just didn't have the experience that other teachers applying for the same jobs had. I didn't want to take a country position because it would have meant being away from my husband.
I would like to return to teaching one day - as challenging as some days can be, it is a very rewarding job and I do miss my students
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