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message 1: by Hayley (new)

Hayley | 576 comments Hi Guys

I thought I would come and tell you all my plans for the near future. For awhile now I have been wondering what I should with my life, what direction I was heading and decided that I was going back to university to study to be a teacher. I will be putting in my applicationn this week, after I have found a second referee and it is then up to the the university I plan to attend on whether they accept me or not.

I will be teaching(hopefully) secondary school, which is like high school age and I will be teaching English as this is my favourite and best subject.

I will keep you all up to date with my progression and any tips about being a teacher would come in really handy!!!


message 2: by Charissa, That's Ms. Obnoxious Twat to You. (new)

Charissa (dakinigrl) | 3620 comments Mod
YayHayley!!!


message 3: by Hayley (new)

Hayley | 576 comments Thanks guys, its going to be hard work but I'm so ready - though I may actually be the height of some of the 11yrs old I will have to teach lol


message 4: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony My god, who in goddamn hell would want to be a teacher? Teachers suck.

:)


Tim (Mole) The Gunslinger (Mole) | 62 comments Congrats Hayley and long time no see!


message 6: by Jackie "the Librarian", Cool Star Trek Nerd (new)

Jackie "the Librarian" | 1818 comments Mod
That's great, Hayley! You've picked a noble and challenging profession.


message 7: by Debbie (new)

Debbie (sardonicprincessofcheerfulness) Amen!


message 8: by Hayley (new)

Hayley | 576 comments thanks guys, well its done and I've put my application in, so its just a case of waiting to see if they let me on the course.


Servius  Heiner  | 1980 comments Mod
goodluck



message 10: by Hayley (new)

Hayley | 576 comments thanks - its well exciting waiting to hear back from them. can you imagine me being a teacher lol


message 11: by Hayley (new)

Hayley | 576 comments I know, I just sometimes look at the children I will be teaching and wonder how I'll cope.


Servius  Heiner  | 1980 comments Mod
you won't. Your first day of class will be terrible, none of the little hellians will believe your their teacher. your too small, look to much like them. I think you should go work for a carnival instead, be one of those midget clowns that jump out of the VW beetle. Think about it...


message 13: by Charissa, That's Ms. Obnoxious Twat to You. (new)

Charissa (dakinigrl) | 3620 comments Mod
:::thwaps Nick with a dead trout::::


message 14: by Hayley (new)

Hayley | 576 comments thanks Charissa, though that reminds me of an incident at uni where 2 of my friends I was living in halls with decided to film themselves fighting with dead trout - quite funny apart from it was at the checkout where I was working.

I'll cope just fine, I may be small but I take no shit!!!


message 15: by Debbie (new)

Debbie (sardonicprincessofcheerfulness) Onya! It's not the size of the dog in th fight...it's the size ofthe fight in the dog! I am a short teacher too, but any kids with behavioural issues think twice before getting on the wrong side of me. It's not about being scary though...it is about being firm, respectful and scrupulously fair. If you gain their respect you will have no problems.


message 16: by Debbie (new)

Debbie (sardonicprincessofcheerfulness) Ooooh, nearly forgot....a sense of humour really helps! They'll eitherthink you are genuinely funny or just plain nuts....either way they will like it!!


Servius  Heiner  | 1980 comments Mod
heh, no sense of humor...


mmm turned trout, delicious!


message 18: by Rusty (new)

Rusty (rustyshackleford) Hayley, I sincerely wish you good luck. I think teaching is actually what made me so cranky. But I was probably pre-disposed.




message 19: by Alicia (new)

Alicia | 2 comments Hi Hayley,

I joined this group in part to be able to reply to your post. I just returned to the classroom after an 8 year hiatus. I was working at a private school as a reading specialist in between my public school stints. No one but teachers knows how hard teachers work, so don't get caught off guard by that. Also, be prepared for a job you cannot leave at the office. I have two children of my own, but since going back to the classroom, I wake up thinking about my students more than I wake up thinking about my sons. Finally, depending on where you are teaching, especially if it's a ' Program Improvement' school tapped, because of No Child Left Behind, for low test scores, you may have little choice about what you teach,what your materials are and the pacing. It's endlessly frustrating to me that I am mandated to teach material way above my students' heads at a pace that's much too fast for 80% of them.
It is a noble profession, and it's what I do and I'm happy and proud, but I'd argue it's one of the hardest and most frustrating jobs ever. That said, if you want to be a teacher it probably means you will be a good one. Good luck! Alicia


Servius  Heiner  | 1980 comments Mod
I can hear Hayley now...

"Why would I leave a child behind? Don't their parents, or a bus bring them to school anyway..."

Did you ever successfully negotiate your drivers test Hayley?


message 21: by Debbie (new)

Debbie (sardonicprincessofcheerfulness) Hayley! Don't transport children to Interschool athletics in your own car!! one little #@&* this morning broke the mechanism in my passenger door by yanking on it and saying "How'ja gedoudda here anyway?" It's off for repairs in the morning - not enough to claim insurance (less than the excess, but too much for his family to pay) so will cost me $100 or so.....


message 22: by Hayley (new)

Hayley | 576 comments Nick, I am now on my seventh test - I'm having no luck whatsoever but I'm determined I'll pass this time - I thought I'd passed my last test but the examiner was like 'that was a near perfect test and you would have passed expect for one mistake' I nearly punched the guy.

Actually Nick that did run through my head, you know me surprising well lol

I'm looking forwarded to the training and being involved with the education of our children - I mean I was watching a programme the other week about how the rate of teenages is who can't read I was shocked.

I hoping to get my cheerleading coaching qualification as well so I can set up a squad or coach a squad within the school I end up working at.


Servius  Heiner  | 1980 comments Mod
At this point Hayley, I don't think luck has anything to do with it. Perhaps you should stick to public transportation. Seven tries, it is no accident that you don't have a license yet. Think about the public at large. See it as taking pity on the masses. Use public transportation.


message 24: by Hayley (new)

Hayley | 576 comments I have never failed with anything major like hitting a person or driving dangerously, I just can't pass the test. My instructor wouldn't put me in for the test if I couldn't drive. I jyst get really nervous and seem to make mistakes that only the examiner picks up on. I don't do well in exam situations and this is an exam.


Servius  Heiner  | 1980 comments Mod
uh huh... whatever helps you sleep at night :D


People Of England, Be on the look out, She plans on giving it another go!


message 26: by Hayley (new)

Hayley | 576 comments haha I'll keep going till I pass the bloody thing - I can drive, my last examiner told me it was a perfect drive apart from a mistake that he failed me for, I wasn't a car door width away from the car but I wasn't close enough to touch, he was a little paranoid if you as me!!!


Servius  Heiner  | 1980 comments Mod
I think that lady should need a licence to be a parent, not drive a car... Just saying, just throwing it out there.


message 28: by Hayley (new)

Hayley | 576 comments the UK test gets harder every year and only do you have a practical test there is a theory test and a hazard perception test.

BunWat thats scary, the thing in the UK you have to watch for is people just walking out into the road and then stare at you as if to say what are you doing there!!!!


message 29: by Kristjan (new)

Kristjan (booktroll) Hey ... that's just another day in Boston :(


Servius  Heiner  | 1980 comments Mod
stick to the tube. It is much better for everyone that way. Your ego, public safety and all that. Something tells me Hayley would be one of the people standing in the middle of the road with the "what is that car doing there" look on her face.

:D


message 31: by Hayley (new)

Hayley | 576 comments I'm determined I'll pass my test - I'm not giving up without a fight.

Not true, I no my place is on the pavement and not the road. On Saturday night I was crossing the road and some d******d didn't indicate turning the corner and almost ran me over, I had to jump out of the way and it wasn't for stopping.

My test is one week on Friday!!!


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