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Is being a teacher a good job?

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Joan’s Answer

Hi Mohammed!

I’ve been teaching now for 25+ years. Teaching is an excellent profession for those who really want to be there. If you’re going into teaching because you want to make lots of money or just because you have your summers off, this career is not for you.

Whenever I have student teachers, they always ask if teaching is the right career path for them. I have a very simple question for them that helps them decide if they should be a teacher. Simply, the question is do you like to be around children? If you do then you have your answer.

There is going to be a teacher shortage in the next five years or so...that’s what the experts are saying, so getting a job will seemingly be easy to achieve. To work in a school district that you would like to teach means that you must have good college grades and get an A in your student teaching assignment.

Once you pass your state board tests you are ready to apply for jobs. Most teachers starting out have a grade picked out that they would like to teach. Unfortunately that’s not how it works. You take a job even though it might not be the grade you want to teach and then move to the job you want when it becomes available. I always wanted to teach kindergarten, but i’ve Been teaching 6th grade for about 22 years and now wouldn’t want a younger grade.

Teaching is hard somedays, just like anything. But...most days it’s so rewarding. Your students care about you and you them. There are many kids I still have connections with and talk with on a regular basis. It is really gratifying that you have had such a big, positive impact on their life. Kids need those connections.

I wish you the best and know that regardless what you do you will be successful.

Mrs. Coughey
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Rani’s Answer

Hi Kyle
Great question! I love teaching and I get the opportunity to teach all the time. But I'm not a professional teacher. Being a teacher can depend on what you love to do. You didn't mention your interests - so whether it is a good job or not depends on what you want to do in your career. In your mind what is a good job for you?
Teaching in elementary school requires a lot of patience and love to be around children. Middle and High School can be taxing depending upon the school and management. I enjoyed most teaching in college just few months before I got my real job :-) . It is a great job if you love it whether it pays or not depends upon the years of service , specialization etc. I still teach in my profession when I've to train someone but it is more fun as I get to see the light in their face when they understand what I teach.

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If you are serious about teaching meet with teachers like Joan and talk to them about the challenges not just the service part.
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Bachirou’s Answer

Being a teacher is a great job in terms of self satisfaction and worthiness. You will affect many lives and futures. Your actions and ideas are very important for many young people. If you want to be a teacher for the purpose of being rich then try something else.

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Note that all prospective teachers must go through teacher certification programs to be certified. So you may need to gather information about the certification in the field you want to teach.
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Gloria’s Answer

Hi kyle,

Teaching being a good job is like anything else in life is relevant. Your definition of good may be be different. Your challenge in choosing to be a teacher is what level you want to teach. There is Kindergarten through 12th grade in the US along with various levels of college. In addition, there is an opportunity to be teachers in the business sector. That is where I have my teaching experience, teaching adults about how to do jobs specific to certain companies. I love teaching people so that they learn something new. It is even better when you train someone to do something that will improve their jobs and in turn, improve their ability to get raises and promotions.

Teaching can be teaching and emotionally challenging. There will be good days and bad days. Some students will be successful and some will fail. In those cases, it is all about your work-life balance as well as staying up-to-date in your career. Make sure to stay up-to-speed on the latest trends in teaching.

Gloria
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