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Anything BUT Teaching

This “Anything BUT….” story is inspired by my own family.

We have teachers all through our family. I was determined to be different but after getting a degree and mucking around for a while I went back to uni and did my Dip Ed and started teaching at Tuart Hill High School.

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The first year was a dreadful shock

It should be illegal to give a first year out teacher a class of 28 tough year 10 boys!!! Each one was a challenge and as a pack they were a nightmare.

I worked so hard. The only time I would have off was Friday night. I would go out with teachers after school and we would talk about work and the wise, experienced teachers would give me advice. I’d do preparation and marking all day Saturday and Sunday and on every other night of the week. I walked, talked, and dreamed about teaching…. and I cried a lot.

I taught for 5 years around Western Australia before going on maternity leave. I can remember the first morning I woke up NOT having dreamed and worried about lessons or some kid.

After having my daughters I moved from teaching to TAFE and to the public service generally and none of those jobs were as tough as teaching.

The memory softened. I eventually went back to teaching in the Northern Territory and there it was again. Hours of worrying, preparation and marking.

The stress was way more than any other job I have ever done.

My kids grew up with me saying “Anything BUT teaching” and all three of them are teachers!

And they LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it.

They love the kids, they love the subjects they teach, they love making a difference and feeling as if the work they do is worthwhile.

A friend I did the Dip Ed with recently said to me that she was so happy she chose teaching. She feels as if her whole career has been worthwhile.

So there you go. I think teaching is a tough gig but it is important work, you can make a difference and great teachers change lives.

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  • Consult across the In Focus Careers network gathering information and advice to share.
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Bev Johnson

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Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au

 


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They are Taking Secondary Teachers’ Jobs

I did the BBC quiz to find out Will a Robot Take Your Job? It was good to see that teaching won’t be coded out of existence any time soon.

That was reassuring given the competition already there from non teachers who are moving into senior school education.

  • I went to the Central Queensland University Career Advisors Day where we were told about the Start Uni Now program that allows students in years 10 – 12 to undertake a bachelor degree subject.
  • This week I discovered that Edith Cowan University is offering Short Courses for Credit in some bachelor degrees.
  • When I was at the recent Murdoch University Career Advisors day there were 400 senior school students doing a WACE economics enhancement program. They were participating in the Murdoch Student Workshop program for secondary school students, starting at Year 8.
  • MOOCs are everywhere. They are now being made for primary school students. Adelaide University is delivering MOOCs for Foundation – Year 6 in Digital Technologies WITH teaching resources. With all of the inherent systemic barriers to change, including existing expectations, it is difficult for teachers to accommodate these resources into their pedagogy.
  • The Preparing Young People for the Future of Work report criticises VETiS heralding changes to that system as we know it.
  • I have started an Opportunities to Grow section in my monthly careers newsletter for WA high schools in an attempt to help teachers, students and their families to keep up with all of the emerging opportunities. Many of these opportunities required teachers to coordinate, administer and manage OH&S, not teach.

 

It doesn’t take Sherlock Holmes to see the problem. Teachers need to adapt to the world that is barging into their patch.

Traditional expectations, traditional systems and OH&S rules that ensure students are safe are are endangering the careers of teachers as they struggle to maintain relevance into the future.