Why teaching is actually pretty awesome

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I’ve spent a lot of time on here pondering on what’s wrong with education. And for good reason – there’s much about the system that frustrates me enormously, especially under the current government. But actually I truly loved the time I spent as a teacher, and I hope to go back to it one day. When I was teaching, I threw myself into it wholeheartedly. Great when I had no ties but not so great with a young family.

There’s a lot of work to be done on ensuring teaching remains a good career choice for people once their own children become part of the equation. But I’m still pretty convinced that for enthusiastic and ambitious graduates there are not many career paths that are as fulfilling.

So when I was asked by The Guardian to write an article encouraging sixth-form students to consider training as a teacher when they leave school, I jumped at the chance.

You can read that article here.

And if you want to read some of my other (slightly more cynical) articles on the world of education you’ll find them here.

Because teaching as a career isn’t perfect – but it’s still pretty awesome.

Mama and More

3 thoughts on “Why teaching is actually pretty awesome

  1. Maria

    A great piece on teachers and all your words ring true. As an educator myself, I share your sentiment about how rewarding it is to see that spark in students’ eyes when they finally understand something you’ve taught; that lightbulb going off on their heads is motivation enough for me to do my job and do it well. Thank you for sharing this!

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  2. Claudia @ Enjoying Today

    At school I found that the vast majority of teachers were absolutely fantastic.
    Honestly I don’t think I would have seen my final exam paper if it weren’t for the band of inspiring, supportive teachers who whole heatedly believed in me.
    Without doubt I think the only issue with the education system is the system itself, not the teachers.
    Great post, thank you #Allaboutyou

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