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Re: I'll be a teacher next year and I need your advice
« Reply #45 on: February 15, 2019, 07:28:34 pm »
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Re: I'll be a teacher next year and I need your advice
« Reply #46 on: February 16, 2019, 01:31:57 am »
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All of my favourite teachers have always made an effort to know me (and other students) as a person, rather than just a student. Lucky for me I have been able to keep my English and HHD teachers from year 11 for year 12 :D both AMAZING people.

For me personally, I have always found English to be a very personal(?) subject as you are subjecting yourself to be criticised by someone who is basically a total stranger. It wasn't until year 10 when I felt like I was actually connecting with my English teachers, this was also the first year I started doing drafts for English. I started the year with 50% on my first draft and ended up finishing year 10 as the top English student, getting 96% on my end of year exams. My year 10 English teacher and I ended up forming a really tight bond, which I believe has influenced how I now approach English.

I walked into year 11 English with a REALLY high standard for myself, this did not help with my stress. I started off the year strong, but by the time we got to creative and my marks started to drop, this is what I believe was my downfall. So now I'm stressing about school and dealing with stressors in my personal life, my marks are slowly dropping again, my English teacher (being the astounding person they are) begins suggesting all these videos for me to watch/listen to, they have showed me all these apps, teaching me all these methods to help me deal with my stress and is just always checking in with me. You probably don't have to go to the extent as what they did, but you definitely check in with your students.

I finished year 11 English with a 'panic attack' during my exams and a fail (thank god my pass was sent to VASS before the exam), this teacher and my coordinator checked in with me, even though they could've ignored it.

DW year 12 has started on a good note, I got feedback for my first draft today/yesterday from my English teacher and the new English teacher (OMG I heard they got like 47 in English and an ATAR over 90! They must've had like no social life in year 12). I'm pretty sure the new English teacher is doing their first year too, I have seen them around the school, my friends have always said good things about them and they seem like a nice person. I started with a making fun of them over one of their ATAR notes post and they still made an effort to know me which I found really nice, they asked me if I did a year 12 subject last year, how I went on it, asking who my English teacher is and was asking what I'm aiming for English this year. With giving me feedback, they were nice and built me up with compliments before telling how I could improve for the next draft. I thought that was a cool way of approaching it.

OMG?? you're doing all the same stuff as the new teacher at my school?? Did I stumble on another one of your post??

TL;DR your students are human, just like you; get to know them as a person and a student. To build them up you need to be their leader/mentor and work together as a team. You also need to be the best version of you, make sure you look after yourself and have fun :)

Good luck with your first year of teaching. The fact that you're seeking opinions from other people just demonstrates how much of an amazing teacher you are going to be :)
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Re: I'll be a teacher next year and I need your advice
« Reply #47 on: June 06, 2019, 08:06:58 pm »
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Nearly at the end of my first semester teaching, and getting so much from it... Year 12 is heating up. Winter's here, Year 12s have SACs and internal exams flying at them and I think people are starting to realise that the end is coming and the game's for real.

I think a lot of relationships are getting there at this time, probably 5 months into meeting students I feel like we're getting mutual understandings of each other that makes working together much easier and more comfortable. Bloody hell, being back at a school reminds me just how fucking tough Year 12 is... I don't envy those of you that are there right now! Keep at it, the slog is worth it in the end.

Thanks everyone for your responses to this thread. I feel like I'm finding my feet well as a teacher and keep a lot of these things in mind.
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Re: I'll be a teacher next year and I need your advice
« Reply #48 on: June 06, 2019, 08:13:25 pm »
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Be approachable and nice but not too nice so that the students do whatever they want.
Be as specific as you can as to what to study for/ what will be on the test/sac/exam. 
Be strict but have a sense of humour.

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Re: I'll be a teacher next year and I need your advice
« Reply #49 on: June 06, 2019, 09:05:19 pm »
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Nearly at the end of my first semester teaching, and getting so much from it... Year 12 is heating up. Winter's here, Year 12s have SACs and internal exams flying at them and I think people are starting to realise that the end is coming and the game's for real.

I think a lot of relationships are getting there at this time, probably 5 months into meeting students I feel like we're getting mutual understandings of each other that makes working together much easier and more comfortable. Bloody hell, being back at a school reminds me just how fucking tough Year 12 is... I don't envy those of you that are there right now! Keep at it, the slog is worth it in the end.

Thanks everyone for your responses to this thread. I feel like I'm finding my feet well as a teacher and keep a lot of these things in mind.

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Re: I'll be a teacher next year and I need your advice
« Reply #50 on: June 09, 2019, 09:35:34 am »
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Nearly at the end of my first semester teaching, and getting so much from it... Year 12 is heating up. Winter's here, Year 12s have SACs and internal exams flying at them and I think people are starting to realise that the end is coming and the game's for real.

I think a lot of relationships are getting there at this time, probably 5 months into meeting students I feel like we're getting mutual understandings of each other that makes working together much easier and more comfortable. Bloody hell, being back at a school reminds me just how fucking tough Year 12 is... I don't envy those of you that are there right now! Keep at it, the slog is worth it in the end.

Thanks everyone for your responses to this thread. I feel like I'm finding my feet well as a teacher and keep a lot of these things in mind.

Well done brenden.
I was in your exact position 4 years ago (I'm in the middle of my 5th year teaching, albeit I'm a maths teacher), and I always wondered how to approach things.
I find that I don't view teaching as a "job" or as "work" but as a chance to showcase how awesome maths is and that it can be a lot of fun. I know that Methods and Specialist are tough and can be a massive slog at times, but the key is to be persistent and keep on top of things, and always ask for help, no matter how small or hard the question is. I'm sure English would be similar.
Well done again. It's a rewarding profession, you might find yourself up until 2 in the morning some nights trying to get through a mountain of paperwork/exam writing etc, but the knowledge that students will find the resources helpful is priceless  :)

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Re: I'll be a teacher next year and I need your advice
« Reply #51 on: June 24, 2019, 04:52:18 pm »
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Well done brenden.
I was in your exact position 4 years ago (I'm in the middle of my 5th year teaching, albeit I'm a maths teacher), and I always wondered how to approach things.
I find that I don't view teaching as a "job" or as "work" but as a chance to showcase how awesome maths is and that it can be a lot of fun. I know that Methods and Specialist are tough and can be a massive slog at times, but the key is to be persistent and keep on top of things, and always ask for help, no matter how small or hard the question is. I'm sure English would be similar.
Well done again. It's a rewarding profession, you might find yourself up until 2 in the morning some nights trying to get through a mountain of paperwork/exam writing etc, but the knowledge that students will find the resources helpful is priceless  :)

It sounds as though your students are lucky to have you. 👍 Thanks for sharing this.
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Re: I'll be a teacher next year and I need your advice
« Reply #52 on: June 24, 2019, 05:16:16 pm »
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If you're not in it for a salary than please be committed and empathetic. Thank you!
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Re: I'll be a teacher next year and I need your advice
« Reply #53 on: June 24, 2019, 05:18:32 pm »
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If you're not in it for a salary than please be committed and empathetic. Thank you!

From what I've heard teachers usually have pretty crap salaries for the amount of work they do, including outside of normal school hours, so doubt they're in it for the $$$.
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Re: I'll be a teacher next year and I need your advice
« Reply #54 on: June 24, 2019, 05:28:54 pm »
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From what I've heard teachers usually have pretty crap salaries for the amount of work they do, including outside of normal school hours, so doubt they're in it for the $$$.

Which is why some just slack off...
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Re: I'll be a teacher next year and I need your advice
« Reply #55 on: June 26, 2019, 10:03:57 am »
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It sounds as though your students are lucky to have you. 👍 Thanks for sharing this.

Thanks Joseph41. I hope my students ditto your words too  :)
As a side note, a student that I taught is delivering a few of the Methods and Specialist lectures in your upcoming lecture series, she'll know who I am  :D

From what I've heard teachers usually have pretty crap salaries for the amount of work they do, including outside of normal school hours, so doubt they're in it for the $$$.

100% correct. I (and all the teachers I know) are not in it for the $$, it is impossible to get "rich"/"loaded" by being a teacher (of course if you make assumptions such as haivng no expenses, mortgage, etc, and having a side hustle such as stock trading, etc, then it is possible). I can't see any joy in turning up to work and teaching a subject that you have no interest in, to students who don't seem to want to learn it well, and doing this day in, day out, just to collect a paycheck every fortnight.
The reason I became a teacher was because I love VCE maths and this was the perfect career/vocation to explore maths on a daily basis (restricted by the syllabus and time of course), which you can't find in any other profession.
You are correct Remy33 in that the salary doesn't feel like it's a fair reumeneration for the amount of work we do (and some teachers have even expressed that they work 100 times harder than the students they teach, I admit I have thought that many times), however I don't think the government would be able to afford our salaries if they actually paid us for every hour that we worked - everyone's tax dollars are not going to be able to afford that!!
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Re: I'll be a teacher next year and I need your advice
« Reply #56 on: June 26, 2019, 11:28:50 am »
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Please read this:

- VCE Maths used as an example

What I meant by salary was to simply afford a living. Not to be someone who owns Bugatti hypercars. I applaud you for your passion Crouchie and hope you'll be willing to give more than 200% to students of diverse proficiency in Mathematics. Be honest to your students and don't neglect them. I know of many teachers who lose passion for teaching Maths because of their so-called stupid students and gossip about their so-called intellectual limitations. They were obsessed with "face" and didn't want a disadvantaged student to de-grade their craft. I'm not accusing anyone here is one, but many end up with a similar notion.

No doubt, the requirements of a modern-day teacher have increased and this corresponds to the academic requirements by schools and moreover our society. Simply having the "love" to teach the content of VCE Maths isn't enough, you must consider your "love" to teach students of different comprehensions of Mathematics. Understand why they're so outstanding or incompetent in Maths. Of course, Maths isn't just about solving equations but not all have an innate ability to conceptualize and problem solve.

If you really want to be a teacher in our modern world, you love nurturing students to realize their potential and a love for Mathematics/other field. Not everyone learns the same, not everyone was nurtured well at a younger age.

This is a heartfelt message from a student who's never gained a love for Mathematics and witnessed unruly comments, blaming and agitation by teachers targeted at various types of students weak or strong. I understand that some students may seem to be a Sisyphean nightmare due to specific circumstances and teachers are people who have feelings as well. Nonetheless, there's no excuse for you to not meet the needs of a modern-day teacher if you can breathe and eat.

Additionally, keep this quote in mind while teaching: "Arrogance and pride will make you fall. Be humble and remain humble at all times."

If you read all this you're a champ.

P.S. This can be applied to VCE English too or any other field that requires teaching.
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