The first thing that I need to do is apologise for the last of blog posts over the last week. I am currently working for myself (running a craft business) and have been preparing for my first sale this coming Saturday. I am hoping to get a bit more on top of things now and am feeling very prepared for Saturday. I am also hoping that it will go well, but I am unsure how I feel about doing this permanently. Now that Bobby is back in childcare I am home and my own all day for four days a week and I am not very good at this. I like to be out in the world and around people, I find that this is better for my health as I feel isolated very quickly when I am at home. This is what today's post is about - now I have graduated it's time to make a big decision. This decision is to get into teaching.
This might seem like a strange career choice for someone who has blogged about and is a supporter of home-education, so I feel like I have some explaining to do. The initial struggle for me has been finding a career that fits around my family. My degree is in television, but the television industry is not generally family friendly, especially as it can involve travelling. I was also concerned about the holidays. I spent the holidays at home when I was a child and couldn't imagine spending it anywhere else. Bobby may feel differently and may want to go to a holiday club, and I won't stop him if this is the case. But I want to heighten my chances of being around during these periods of the year. I thought about it all very carefully and realised that I had been considering teaching on and off for about 10 years, but had been frequently talked out of it by others. There were a number of reasons that I wanted to get into it and strangely, with my interest in home education there are now more.
I'm not going to lie, the fact that me and Bobby would share the same holidays is very appealing, for the reasons that I talked about above. I understand that teachers very often have to work for portions of the holidays, but if I can be at home for a fair chunk of it, then I will be happy. But this reason is more of recent concern. I always thought that teaching at primary level would be fun and this was part of the main appeal to begin with, although I now understand that it is a lot harder than it seems.
My reasons for choosing this career have become much more personal as I have thought about this reason. This may come from me having a bad time at school, or the fact that school seems to sap the desire to learn from children, which is very sad as they are born with an almost insatiable curiosity. Yes, i could by-pass all this and just focus on home-schooling, but they say that if you want something changing, you should do it yourself from the inside. This sounds a little malicious, but it is not meant to be. I want to have a positive effect of the lives of the children that I teach and show then, that learning really can be fun. I want to open their minds to how great this world can be (even though it doesn't always feel like it.) I am looking forward to the challenge of finding creative ways to demonstrate different principles. School is such a big part of our childhood and for most children, it isn't a pleasant experience. I might not set all of them up for Oxford University (as all children are different and they might not want this sort of thing), but if I can make their experience of school more positive and re-ignite their love of learning, then I know I will have done my job.
This world needs so much help and we can only improve things by helping the next generation. If I can show the children in my care what a wonderful and fascinating world we live in and how to look after it, their future will be better. I am only in the early stages of application at the moment and am looking for classroom experience to add to my application. I am also doing a lot of research reading (as you can see from the pictures) and my university has given me lots of helpful information. I will keep you updated will my progress.
Do you have any experience of teaching? What were your reasons for wanting to get into the profession? Let me know in the comments.