Teaching is an important and increasingly popular choice of career for all kinds of people. Ever since I was a kid I wanted to be a teacher. Teaching is the greatest career ever. It is very satisfying and tricky at the same time. I think that it is a once in a million time life chance to get teaching as a career.
In order to be a teacher you need special skills and special awards to be a qualified teacher. Before you receive Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) you need to complete a course known as Initial Teacher Training (ITT). As a postgraduate you can study for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in primary or secondary education. Graduates may choose to follow the Graduate Teacher Program (GTP). Finally, if you already have classroom experience, you have the option to follow an assessment-only route to QTS.
I don't know about other people but I love children. You need excellent writing and verbal skills. On tests or on the board you could add tricks and tests students. This way you could see who is paying attention and who is just plain lazy. They will always look up to you, you are their role model.
Being a teacher is one of the most rewarding, fulfilling and yet challenging careers on offer. Your role is essential because of the impact you can have on the lives of students that you teach. Becoming a teacher is not a decision to be made lightly. It's essential that you evaluate the role and see whether this is in fact the job for you.
Volunteering or applying for paid work as a classroom assistant is an excellent way to get a taste of life in the classroom. You will get a realistic picture of the rewards and challenges the job offers. Alternatively, you may be able to attend an open day or complete a program of structured observation at a local school.
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