|I certainly favoured school stories and playing schools that went alongside them. I loved making lists of classes (usually based on CS-esque names) or sports/ prefects lists.|
|I don't think school stories influenced my descision to teach at all. It was mainly my love of history and a car accident* which resulted in me doing what I do.
*I wrote my car off when I finished my degree and had been back home a week. My mother, a history teacher, said that if I thought I was going to sit on my backside for the next four weeks whilst they fixed my car I had another think coming! She took me into school with her and made me teach her classes (whilst she sat in her cupboard and watched Wimbledon) and I realised that this is what I really wanted to do.
Elle, your mum sounds like a very resourceful woman!
Something tells me she'd fit in quite well around here!
Every now and again a sign would appear from the cupboard saying things like 'Praise them more', 'You havn't mentioned....' or 'Henman losing'.
|She took me into school with her and made me teach her classes (whilst she sat in her cupboard and watched Wimbledon) and I realised that this is what I really wanted to do.|
|One day I found a PB of Leader in the Salvation Army charity shop in Dublin and when I took it up to the counter to pay for it, the old man there asked me 'Oh, are you a teacher?'. I still am not sure why...|
|I teach 7-9 year olds in a Primary School. I wouldn't say that my reading choices influenced my decision but I certainly favoured school stories and playing schools that went alongside them. I loved making lists of classes (usually based on CS-esque names) or sports/ prefects lists.|
|I wrote my car off when I finished my degree and had been back home a week. My mother, a history teacher, said that if I thought I was going to sit on my backside for the next four weeks whilst they fixed my car I had another think coming! She took me into school with her and made me teach her classes (whilst she sat in her cupboard and watched Wimbledon) and I realised that this is what I really wanted to do.|
|She sat in a cupboard??? How big was said cupboard please? And why was there a TV in it?
At the moment I'm imagining your mum crouching with a small TV in a small cupboard, among the art supplies or something, poking an arm out every so often to show you a sign...
|you would have thought that endless school holidays of putting up backing paper and cutting things out would have put me off!|
|I used to do the writing list thing a lot, to the annoyance of my sister who wanted to get on with the game.|
|*off to write some lists rather than mark year 11 practice papers*|
|I really enjoyed the work experience that I did in schools, and it made me more sure that I want to teach. Though I might change my mind after I actually have to be at the front rather than the back of the room!|
|Chuck them in the road, wait til one of them gets hit and use it as an example for the other?|
|I like planning in theory - in that I love coming up with fun ideas. It's the sitting down, writing them up, finding that many exciting things are logistically impossible in a small room with 25 six-year-olds and no equipment or resources... *sigh*|
|That playmat would be fabulous, but I don't think we have one.|
|Ye-es. Though I'm now wondering where it would go in the classroom (it's tiny). We have Geography on Friday though, I might make them do mini roads for that. Thanks everyone!|
|And the madder, wackier they are the better! (Year 11 will forever remember what the Epiphany is after watching the opening to The Life of Brian )|
Ah, children as slave labour I cajoled my SLOC into doing the cutting out and sticking of stuff at the start of my PGCE. By December he'd brought me a paper cutter as a "present" Now to think of a way to get him to buy me a laminator...
|and is secondary teaching not more fun than primary? I know older kids can be horribly behaved but I have this perhaps naive idea that it might be more rewarding???|
|I faaaar prefer primary. In Ireland anyway, there is much more leeway with what you can teach in primary. The curriculum is much broader and there is a lot of room for the individual teacher to do his/her own thing. Secondary teachers often are forced just to prepare students for exams and tests.|
They are big into "active learning" in my course... *ponders* But maybe not.
That playmat would be fabulous, but I don't think we have one. We have nothing in this school - literally. We don't even have whiteboards - well, there's a portable one shared between all the Junior school...
|Don't you crosses when the light is red.
You must wait for the green instead,
And no whizzin', 'cause a-goin' so fast,
They won't sees you walkin' past.
|Hmmmmm - you see, I *was* put off teaching by having a teacher mother. Far too much home work, and she is shattered most nights. Why would I want to put myself through all that?
Still, when I'm asked what I want to do, I usually answer something to do with 'helping people' - in a charity perhaps, or something like that. I don't know yet. In some ways I would happily settle down as a classroom assistant - and yet, I could have done that 5-6 years ago!!!
I may be looking at something a bit more all inclusive than that. Besides, I'm not fond of long holidays, though 6 weeks is way better than 4 months I will give you!
|Lisa A. wrote:|
|I try (often vainly) to impose a CS-style "play up and play the game" ethic on my poor classes and make them do things nicely. (The can/may campaign is working superbly however).|
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