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What are the pros and cons of being a secondary school teacher? watch

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    what do you think are the pros and cons?

    I'm still in school but I'm just wondering what peoples opinions are because It's something i'm interested in
    thanks
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    What do you think they are? I would be interested in your views before other people influence you.
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    you get to **** tons of horny teenagers.
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    Pros: they can go to the toilet by themselves, not like some primary school kids.

    Cons: secondary schools like the one I went to. It was hilarious for us, but not so fun for the teachers.
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    Con: Children are annoying and obnoxious.
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    Pros they dont need babying and you get to teach much more advanced material, school trips.

    Cons: they misbehave a lot or at least the one where I went to where they'd wind up the teachers and get expelled for setting off fire alarms.
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    If you teach the lower sets they can be disruptive, when I was at school this included throwing chairs and a desk out of a second floor window
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    The only con I can really think of is that the behaviour can just sometimes be horrific; behaviour management is the most difficult thing about the job in my view.

    Everything else counts as a pro - sensible working hours, great holidays, I get to use subjects I'm good at, some of the kids are great fun, if you're organised and meticulous then you'll thrive...etc.
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    I reckon you need to be extremely strong and secure to be a teacher, the **** people say about some teachers at my school has to get back to them and there will always be kids who don't like you, and they're all incredibly judgemental especially to people who are in authority to them.
    The only teaching I would ever go into would be for A levels/similar standard because then I would know people actually want to learn my subject, I can't imagine having to deal with arsey little year 8s who have absolutely no interest in what I'm teaching them, what a waste of time.

    However teaching = good holidays, working with people, you learn more yourself through teaching other people, it's kinda altruistic I guess helping other people learn, good hours, fairly good money, helping to raise a future generation.. I suppose it can be really really fulfilling if you're good at it and you can handle it :yep: I can't imagine some teachers at my school in any other job, they are just made for it and you can tell they really enjoy it.
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    eppppiccc holidays. Imagine having school length holidays all the way til you retire ...
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    Bad: behaviour problems, not amazing pay
    Good: get to teach some students who want to learn, holidays.
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    con - you'll have to try and teach kids who have no interest in what you are teaching
    con- trying to deal with ********* who don't want to be there
    con - dealing with parents of ********* who think their kids behaviour is justifiable and you're in the wrong
    you'll also have to deal with issues outside the classroom (bullying, etc) - this could be a pro or a con depending on whether or not you want to do that or not
    pro - teaching kids who want to learn
    pro - you could be an inspiration to someone
    pro - could be very rewarding
    pro - working hours, holidays, decent pension, job security
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    In year 9, I did a secondary school music teacher for my career leaflet.
    I asked this question to our head of music:
    Con: the kids
    Pro: the holidays

    He was a right idiot though.
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    You might think the holidays are a definite 'pro' and you'd be right. However, they need to be long because teaching isn't a simple 9 to 4 job. For a couple of hours on most nights of the week and for at least one day at a weekend, you need to be be marking, preparing or attending meetings. You actually have no time to go out during the week or if you do it has to be very carefully arranged. Long holidays are there to provide the 'time' compensation to an extent - and you need them.
    I actually get to school at 7.45 and do an hour's work before registration (downloading and dealing with emails, photocopying etc) teaching most of the day, a 50 minute lunchtime which often has interruptions, two days out of 5 there are 1 to 2 hour meetings after school and twice a term it will be Parents' evenings. In addition to marking there are core assessments which have to be upladed on Tracking Data for senior management and regular reports.

    It does sound pretty time-heavy - but your system gets used to it!
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    Im looking into this a bit too, thanks guys
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    (Original post by cardine92)
    Pros: they can go to the toilet by themselves, not like some primary school kids.
    Not always.
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    troll.
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    It's nicer if you can get a post at a private school.
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    Con: You get terrorised by the students, and they can be *****y and extremely annoying!!
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    ourlastmemory: the idea that A Level/High School Diploma kids will always be interested is also a myth, sadly :p:
 
 
 
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