A popular choice and one often seen as a ‘vocation’ is teaching. As a role it can be highly rewarding and equally challenging. Hence, making the decision to become a teacher should be met with due care and attention. We can all remember the teacher at school who seemed to hate kids and was always grumbling about their job. You don’t want to be that teacher, do you?
In this post I want to go over some of the things that you should think about before taking the plunge to become a teacher.
The first question you need to ask yourself is whether teaching is right for you. Have a look at the list below and see if the qualities and attributes sound like you.
Before getting on to a teacher training programme, the best thing to do is to get some experience of what it’s like to work with young children. It’s easy to assume that you would enjoy it or be good at it. However, the reality can often be completely different to the image that you have in your head. Below I have included some info on the variety of techniques you can use to get a taste of working with children in a school setting so you can test out whether teaching is right for you.
Researching job availability in your local area and within your chosen specialist subject or age group is important. If you are hoping to stay in your home area, it is a good idea to get in touch with local schools to see how the land lies.
You can have a look at the following websites for further information about teaching and to search for jobs to get an idea of what the job market is like in your area.
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