I do realise not all school holidays are 'holidays' as such, but even sitting at home marking/prepping is better than no time off at all. In my current job, I work 4 days a week (ok so I am doing 5 days work in 4 days, just so I can get one day off with DS, although now that's uni day!). However I only get 16 days leave a year. That's essentially 3 weeks in total. And we always try to have 2 weeks at Christmas to visit family interstate, so that other 4 days has to last me the other 11 months of the year...
And I too find it hard to get time off when DS is sick or has an appointment (still trying to organise a day to get his overdue vax done, it's really hard to negotiate).
As for after school care, I would have to do this on my current job so it's not any different. I find the corporate world very unkind to mothers in general (I know there are exceptions, but I don't live in an area where there are a lot of options either). I don't get (and never have got) paid maternity leave from my work, only government PPL. And contrary to what some might think, corporate work doesn't necessarily = good pay. I have had a pay rise that equates to $7.50 a week in the past 3 years. In total. It's not even 0.05%. And this was after receiving a top review etc - they thought this was rewarding me! My salary has only risen by about $10K in 10 years. And now my teacher friends earn more than me (whereas I had started on more than them). So pay wise, I am not too bothered.
The thought of having to put my kids in care every school holidays is really horrible. I'd much rather have time off with them on hols, and do whatever I have to do during term etc.
But of course I am not doing this only because of holidays etc. It's more about finding something I can be passionate about again, so work doesn't feel like such a chore, if I am enjoying it , it shouldn't be so bad.
+ Reply to Thread
Results 11 to 14 of 14
14-08-2015 09:42 #11
The Following User Says Thank You to sunnygirl79 For This Useful Post:
14-08-2015 09:48 #12
I'm half way through a primary degree, and speaking to other teachers in prac etc, it seems the first couple of years are the most chaotic. These are the times supervision is highest, you are still putting together units of work from scratch, you are still finding your feet in the profession. As you get more experience you build a good bank of lesson plans and units you can re-use or re-jig, you learn the short cuts.
14-08-2015 09:59 #13
I think a lot will depend on the school you find yourself at as well. My old school was so laissez faire with everything- the prin flitted in and out as he pleased and all planning and marking was left up to me. He rarely looked over my planner. To be blunt- it was heaven.
My SIL works in a very rigid and structured school and she has to turn her planner in with it filled out in minute detail 2 weeks in advanced to be gone over with a fine tooth comb, and if it's not up to scratch she has to answer to the principal. I find this absurd for a number of reasons, the most being that if the majority of students have trouble understanding a concept and more time needs to be spent on it, then she has already filled up her next two weeks without any room to wiggle. Teaching just doesn't work like that. Unfortunately this is the school my boys go to and the school where I am hoping to be employed next year if all things go to plan so I will either go insane with the pressure or find ways of dealing with it. But I digress.
Teaching is a fabulous job for you if you find you have a natural rapport with kids, if you love to continually investigate and explore and learn new things, and it DOES work well with a family. (Honestly- that lecturer must be so cynical about the whole world. What better job is there for a mother or father?!)
Good luck with your studies!
14-08-2015 10:23 #14
As for that tutor, I was a bit shocked too. I would never say that to someone training in my profession (I have also done tutoring at uni), or at least I would be very careful about how I worded it. I felt like she was telling me I am stupid. She did say she has 4 primary aged children though so maybe that's it - ANY job would be nigh impossible with 4 younger kids! I am planning on stopping at 2 (and will have nearly 5 year age gap between them).
By babyla in forum General ChatReplies: 5Last Post: 27-06-2015, 12:10
By Busy-Bee in forum General ChatReplies: 3Last Post: 13-12-2014, 22:54
By tootsiegirl in forum Working Hubbers - EmployedReplies: 3Last Post: 22-11-2014, 10:26
KindyROOKindyROO offers activities for babies & toddlers in a fun learning centre, focussing on developmental education. ...
LATESTToilet training: when is the best time to start?Why it is OK for your child to be differentWhat is a blessing way? How is it different to a baby shower?
POPULARWhen can I start giving chores to my children?New baby nursery checklist – a guide to newborn essentialsWhat to pack for labour and hospital – a checklist
FORUMS - chatting now ...
Situations - ok or not ok?General Parenting Tips, Advice & Chat
Happiness thread.General Chat
Growth Of Intellection. Discussion?General Parenting Tips, Advice & Chat
Egg Donation in Greece #5Egg Donation
IVF Babies due August/Sept/Oct' 16 #4pregnancy and babies through IVF
Cyclone Debbie Support thread.General Chat
Egg Donation in South Africa #14Egg Donation