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05/10/2013 at 11:46
Hey, just caught up with Mondays TTC thread and seen your reply to me, thought if start a new thread rather than bumping it.
It's the 36 week PGDE that I am doing at the moment, to become a primary teacher. I would teach from any age between 5-12, with no day on where I'd rather be. I can see that the planning, evaluation, and reports take up a lot of time, but I'm hoping that I will find the job itself rewarding enough to make up for it. Eventually we plan to move abroad, so a career such as teaching will really open doors. It does worry me, the amount of qualified teachers who have chosen not to remain in the profession, but I guess the same can be said for many people with degrees not doing what they are qualified to do.
05/10/2013 at 18:16
Teaching is very rewarding, so many of us complain about the paper work... but I can't imagine myself doing anything else. & the amount of work really does depend on the school you're in. I've worked in some schools where the teachers are very separate & probably spent a lot of time doing their own resources which could've been cut down if they communicated. I'm currently in a fantastic school where everyone is really supportive. I started here as a supply teacher (teaching year 5 when I normally teach reception 1 or 2) & everyone was fantastic. They offered me a part time contract teaching year 6 after I'd had my daughter which was quite scary but the staff, my deputy head especially as she was also the year group leader, were fab. I was expressing at work as I didn't want to give my daughter formula & therefore they really eased me in with planning, marking... they were great. All the things you mentioned: Planning, evaluating & reports can be time consuming but if you're in a good school they'll have reasonable expectations - doing APP grids (assessment) on only a few children in the class rather than the whole class.
Good luck, but when the time comes don't rush into applying for the 1st school, take time to look around lots of them & find out what it might be like to work there. It can make a huge difference to your work/life balance as 1 school I worked in expected you to work all the time! x
05/10/2013 at 22:20
There's the nice balanced view that I've been waiting to hear from someone....thanks
06/10/2013 at 23:13
Glad to help x
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