I am currently assessing career options and one thing I am interested is teaching.
My father and brother are both teachers so I guess you could say it's in the family. Also some of my friends are doing it and they love it.
I'm currently trying to decide if I'd prefer primary or secondary. Part of me is thinking secondary because I can specialise in 1 or 2 subjects (biology & maths) however it also means dealing with teenagers- my class in secondary school was a nightmare so I've seen how hard secondary teachers can get it.
At the moment I'm kind of favouring primary because small children tend to look up to their teachers more and be a bit more interested.
Which do you think is better and why?
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- Thread Starter
- 26-01-2010 15:41
- 26-01-2010 15:47
Get experience working with both then decide... no one can make that decesion for you!
I'm currently training to be a primary teacher although I got experience with both secondary and primary schools and aged children to see what I preferred. Each requires different strengths and different types of people (IMO anyway).
- 26-01-2010 15:53
some of my secondary teachers say that primary isnt as good and i know how badly some of them were treated by my class but then there are others who prefer primary so its personal preference
i would recommend trying both and seeing which you prefer
(i am thinking i might look into secondary)
- 26-01-2010 16:04
i would never go into teaching... but if i had to make a choice i would pick secondary, as it would prolly be more interesting - what in the name of all thats holy would want to make you teach the same childish stuff 2 children all ur life? wouldnt it get boring?
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- 26-01-2010 16:30
You really need to get some work experience to decide. I adore Biology, and would love to teach it at secondary level, but the problem is you will only ever get one or two enthusiastic pupils in a class. The rest generally just don't want to be there, and can probably barely understand anything anyway. (I get the feeling I'm still slightly bitter about my secondary school experience )
- 27-01-2010 01:43
Personally, I want to be a primary school teacher.
To be honest, experience is essential. Both for applying for courses and for knowing what suites you best.
I have done an "insight into teaching course" plus am on my second term long placement in a primary school so I know I am making an informed choice and that primary is where I want to be.
Everyone is different so try to arrange some experience in both and that should help you decide.
- 27-01-2010 10:41
I've picked primary, because I wanted to teach a broader curriculum, and I just enjoyed my time in a primary school far more than I did in a secondary school. Definately go and spend some time in both though, as everyone has said, because I don't think you can truly know until you have some experience.
Perhaps make a list of pros and cons? I thought about which I would enjoy more, what I actually wanted to teach, what I didn't want to have to teach, job prospects, the school environment etc etc There's a lot of things to think about!