Back To Class: Is Teaching Right For You?

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If you’re still searching for the right career path for you, you might want to consider becoming a teacher. One of the benefits of this is that as soon as you have a degree in any subject, you’re more than halfway there. After that, you can sign up for a one-year course that includes onsite training. At this point, you’ll be ready to teach a full class of students. But I’m jumping ahead here. Before we even think about what life is going to be like in the classroom, we need to consider whether you’re cut out for this role.

 

Passion And Creativity

 

Whatever subject you’re teaching, you need to be passionate about it. If you’re not, if you couldn’t care less, your students are going to pick up on it. They’re going to sense that you have no interest in the subject and that is definitely going to affect whether they want to learn. It’s certainly an issue so make sure that you love whatever you’re going to spend your life teaching whether that’s maths, physics or English. When you use a site like Simply Education to apply for a teaching job, don’t just pick the first vacancy. Make sure that the level and the subject matches who you want to teach and the type of subject that you want to work on.

 

Don’t forget you also need to have a passion for working with children because this is hard work. There will be new challenges every day from bullying to kids who don’t want to learn to a subject that is difficult to teach. Just ask teachers who had the job of introducing children to works of Shakespeare for the first time. It’s no walk in the park, that’s for sure.

 

Leadership And Authority

 

Next, you need to think about whether you can be a leader because as a teacher, that’s what you’re going to be doing. You’re going to be leading a class full of students and ensuring that they listen to you and more importantly respect you. If you can’t gain the respect of the class, you will struggle to get through the day. It’s an important balancing act that you have to master. You don’t want children to fear you because if that happens your job isn’t going to be any fun at all. But at the same time, you have to make sure that they don’t treat you as they would another student. You can’t exactly be their friend. It’s a challenge to have kids like you and at the same time respect your authority. People who pull it off usually have a unique gift and are incredibly charismatic.

 

Those Who Can’t Do Don’t Teach

 

We’ve all heard that phrase those who can’t do will teach and I’m here to tell you that it’s just not true at all. If you aren’t skilled in a subject, you won’t be able to teach it, no matter what level you are working at. You need to be at the top of your game in a subject if you are going to impart the same wisdom onto other people. The best teachers often have masters degrees so that they have a deeper understanding of their subject. You may want to pursue this even while you are teaching in your spare time. It’s always worth expanding your knowledge and showing students that you are an expert in your subject.

Beth Mahoney

Hi! I'm Beth Mahoney, a beauty and lifestyle blogger from Honiton in Devon.

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