Money + Passion: Finding the Perfect Teaching Job

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by Kyla Camille, |

You’ve probably heard the saying “those who can’t do, teach”. The saying could not be more wrong; teaching is an exciting and challenging profession. Teachers often describe being drawn or pulled to the profession by something they can’t explain; they often say it’s a calling. That’s because teaching demands a certain kind of devotion to your subject matter and your students. During the school year, the hours can be gruelling and quite thankless. The pay doesn’t reflect the value of your job, nor does it reflect the amount of work you do. You do it because you love it. That’s why it’s so important to end up with the proper teaching job. Just any teaching gig won’t do; enduring the rigors of teaching is not worth it if you’re not doing what you set out to do.

Which Subject Will You Teach?

If you are already certified, you are probably certified in a certain subject. If you plan to teach primary school, then you’re probably certified in primary school education; however, if you haven’t decided yet, you might be weighing the relative virtues of different paths. Deciding on a path is not always simple, but asking yourself a few questions can help. You should first ask yourself what subject you will be willing to talk about for eight hours a day. Then, you’ll have to come home and grade assignments on that essay. If you’re teaching secondary school, keep in mind that you’ll have to repeat yourself five or six times a day, depending on how many blocks of classes your school offers. So, what can you spend all day talking about?

It’s actually probably easier to rule subjects out before deciding on one. Which subjects would you hate to talk about all day? Then, narrow it down to the ones you would like. Once you’ve gotten that far, you probably have a pretty good idea of which subject is right for you.

You also have to take into account the subject for which you are most qualified. Your university degree is applicable to some subject taught in secondary school. For the purpose of being an attractive candidate for employment, teaching a subject related to your degree makes sense. Tradewind Teaching Agency can help you find the job that matches your credentials.

Public or Private School?

You should decide next whether you want to teach in a public school or a private school? If you are looking to transfer from abroad, you should make sure that you know the different definitions of public and private. The meanings are almost perfectly reversed between the UK and the US.

Public schools tend to be religious in nature and are often filled with children from higher-income households. These schools, with their reduced government oversight, tend to offer greater independence to their teachers. You will likely be able to adjust your curriculum more than you would at a private school. Also, they tend to pay slightly better, due to being funded by tuition costs.

Private schools often offer a more diverse student population. Furthermore, private schools are not religious; if you do not feel comfortable teaching in a highly religious environment or leading religious observances, you should be sure you end up at a secular public school or a private school.

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