Future Teachers Talk

Challenges

 

'It is important to manage the unrealistic expectations levelled at teachers by parents, media, and policymakers.' Early career teacher Teachers are vital to developing and nurturing future generations so it can be demoralising when media, politicians and others, with no experience in the teaching profession, offer their opinions on what teachers should be doing. In this challenge you will asked for your views regarding: The top reasons people generally shy away from teaching as a career, Why secondary school students, particularly, may not be taking up teaching as a career, What would be more likely to encourage people in general, and secondary school students specifically,                   to consider a teaching career? You may type in your responses in the requisite text boxes or, alternatively, you record and upload a video file responding to the questions. We look forward to hearing your comments and, would appreciate it if you could also respond to at least three other posts from fellow teachers. Let’s get this conversation going!

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'Imagine the buzz teachers could generate collectively to attract new talent to our profession.' Early career teacher Thank you for submitting your views on why the teaching profession is becoming a less attractive career in Australia in the Challenge 1, and the traits and supports that have worked for you in dealing with any negativity you have encountered in Challenge 2.  Now, we are looking for ideas (nothing is too big or small) that you think could enhance the attractiveness of teaching as a career and address you and you peers have identified. We invite you to post your idea(s) by typing in your responses in the requisite text boxes or, alternatively, recording and uploading a 6minute video/audio file responding to the questions. In your response you may discuss;  What would be likely to encourage secondary school students to consider teaching? Who – peers, parents, teachers, others – has the greatest influence on whether or not secondary school students choose teaching as a career? What could help to improve how those influencers view teaching?

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'Everything I tried, I was successful at but the difficulty was, nothing gave me true job satisfaction. Nothing quite felt like it fit… [Now] I absolutely love what I do. I love being in the classroom with students. I love collaborating with my colleagues. I'm one of those people that secretly enjoys the staff meetings. I enjoy the conversations that come out of those sorts of meetings. I know that there aren't that many of us out there. But I'm an extremely passionate person, and to have something that feels truly worthwhile to put my effort into has brought me more job satisfaction than I've experienced in the last 10 years'. Early career teacher We all have different motives, reasons and circumstances that lead us into the teaching profession. Regardless of how we enter this profession, what are important are the little joys we get in doing our jobs. In this challenge you will be asked to describe what you believe to be; The most attractive features of teaching as a profession, The personal traits and types of support you have utilized to rise above the negativity about the profession. You can type in your response to this challenge in the requisite boxes or, alternatively, record and upload a video responding to the questions.  

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