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Teachers and Students...

Since many of us who visit here are either teachers or students, I thought it would be a great idea to have a thread about it. Sort of like a networking thread if you know what I mean.

Currently, I am a financial aid administrator, studying for my teacher's certificate. I don't have that many hours that I need to complete certification, as I already have a bachelor's degree in English. In a couple of years, I should have my certification in Secondary English Education. After that I will pursue a master's in Education-either in Secondary Education or Educational Counseling and Psychology. I guess I have time to make a sound decision when it's time.

I am part-nervous about my upcoming Teacher Education Program interview, which will be on March 30 at 9am of all times. Wish me luck. After the interview, I hope they inform me of their decision before it's time to register for the fall classes. I don't want to wait too long to have a final schedule. I may decide to take 9 credit hours, as opposed to 6, in the fall so I can finish faster. I am not taking summer classes, as there will be none offered that is required to complete my curriculum, so this summer I will be free from classwork (and I need the break anyway).

Well, that's me. Any other teachers/students on here?

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I'm just a grade 11 student mini-majoring in Visual Arts sometimes we get very little control over our own creativity but other than that, it's fine.
i want to go to either Parsons in New York or Academy of Arts in San Francisco, but I doubt that's possible.

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I'm just a grade 11 student mini-majoring in Visual Arts sometimes we get very little control over our own creativity but other than that, it's fine.
i want to go to either Parsons in New York or Academy of Arts in San Francisco, but I doubt that's possible.

good luck with everything you're doing! what name do you go by on MTF, sigmagirl?
Sigmagirl91 is my screen name on MTF. Do you mean what is my real name?

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Do I match one of those 2 categories? Well, difficult to say. I'm no student and I'm no teacher. BUT, I'm working in a professional highschool which trains future cooks and pastrycooks (among other careers but those are generally the most appreciated, don't know why! ) as a counselor, a dean. And I also studied English at university in order for me to become an English teacher. But I quit right before becoming one. I'm also giving some French lessons to some posters here on MTF...

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I think you also belong here choupi. At least that is what we said yesterday

Well I also are studying for my teachers cetificate. I am now half way and hope to end it in July. If I have my cetificate I am allowed to teach Citizenship to all students, all levels at highschool.

In the meanwhile I am also studying, for my Master Social Rescearch at the faculty of Public policy and Public administration.Which I also hope to finish at the end of July
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I definately don't belong here because I'm far too old to be a student and I definately don't have the patience to be a teacher - but great idea for a thread Tiff

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Do I match one of those 2 categories? Well, difficult to say. I'm no student and I'm no teacher. BUT, I'm working in a professional highschool which trains future cooks and pastrycooks (among other careers but those are generally the most appreciated, don't know why! ) as a counselor, a dean. And I also studied English at university in order for me to become an English teacher. But I quit right before becoming one. I'm also giving some French lessons to some posters here on MTF...
Administrators are welcome too. Why did you quit? You write very well in English, and I gather you speak it just as well. You would've made a wonderful English teacher.

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Administrators are welcome too. Why did you quit? You write very well in English, and I gather you speak it just as well. You would've made a wonderful English teacher.
Thanks for the compliments Tiff. Well why have I decided to quit? Because I had come to a point where learning English had become painfull. Too much grammar, linguistics and so on...See what I mean? I simply had to stop before it drove me totally crazy. I have begun the classes for the final graduation, but when I realized how much terrible it would gonna be for me, I decided to quit. That's where I've wondered what had me wish to become a teacher, apart from the passion I had (and still have) for the language I had chosen to study. In fact, I wanted to work with teenagers. So I decided to skip to another scholar cursus which would help me do what I wanted to do. And that's how, 2 years later, I became a counsellor in highschools. Needless to say I feel absolutely no regrets concerning my choice. Been doing that job for 10 years now.

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Thanks for the compliments Tiff. Well why have I decided to quit? Because I had come to a point where learning English had become painfull. Too much grammar, linguistics and so on...See what I mean? I simply had to stop before it drove me totally crazy. I have begun the classes for the final graduation, but when I realized how much terrible it would gonna be for me, I decided to quit. That's where I've wondered what had me wish to become a teacher, apart from the passion I had (and still have) for the language I had chosen to study. In fact, I wanted to work with teenagers. So I decided to skip to another scholar cursus which would help me do what I wanted to do. And that's how, 2 years later, I became a counsellor in highschools. Needless to say I feel absolutely no regrets concerning my choice. Been doing that job for 10 years now.
Hey, as long as you're happy. Actually, when I took English courses at the university level, I enjoyed the linguistics classes the most, and grammar the least. Fortunately, this time around, I won't have to bother with it. I have to take a lot of literature classes, though-and that's fine.

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I definately don't belong here because I'm far too old to be a student and I definately don't have the patience to be a teacher - but great idea for a thread Tiff
Funny you should remind me about that! but you are definately not to old lol, i see lots of 40+ women walking around the uni and classrooms, (of course you are quite alot younger ). Also reminds me about a sociology lecture, this guy from the pe teaching course is about 35 or so and every time he turns up late and his excuse was "on the radio it said to drive slowly" lmao
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Funny you should remind me about that! but you are definately not to old lol, i see lots of 40+ women walking around the uni and classrooms, (of course you are quite alot younger ). Also reminds me about a sociology lecture, this guy from the pe teaching course is about 35 or so and every time he turns up late and his excuse was "on the radio it said to drive slowly" lmao
Well OK Joe - I'm maybe not too old in years, but I'm way too old in my head to study anymore if that makes sense. I truly admire people who go back to mature education (a friend of mine did it at the age of 30 and having had 4 children!), - but it's not for me I'm afraid - I prefer to relax when I get home from work - not have to start working again.

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Rosie, I find that I enjoy what I'm doing right now-considering that I am doing what I want to do. The funny thing is, when I began putting together my portfolio, it was so easy for me....I can't wait to have the interview committee look at it and judge for themselves how things have been progressing in my studies.

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Well I am a qualified teacher, teaching boys up to the end of key stage 4 and then mixed classes in the sixth form. I am quite young (22) and that can have its own problems...but I knew all the way through my degree thats what I wanted to do and I really do enjoy it....but its hard work....I spend about four hours working at home each night...so the work life balance has not kicked in for me yet. In fact I am marking and planning now....
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Well I am a qualified teacher, teaching boys up to the end of key stage 4 and then mixed classes in the sixth form. I am quite young (22) and that can have its own problems...but I knew all the way through my degree thats what I wanted to do and I really do enjoy it....but its hard work....I spend about four hours working at home each night...so the work life balance has not kicked in for me yet. In fact I am marking and planning now....
I knew it would be hard going in, but I find that I actually enjoy that aspect of the job. Making it even easier is the fact that I have a home computer to do my stuff with. Imagine where I'd be if I didn't have it.

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It's great that both of you (Tiff and Sophia) are happy doing what you do. I must admit I've never been that happy in the workplace - probably because I'm too damn lazy - I don't deny it! I don't take orders very well, but I can't be bothered to work hard enough to put myself in a position to give those orders to others instead of taking them - well at least I'm honest enough to know my own faults. That's why the whole idea of being freelance appeals so much - because I can work to my own timetable and not anyone elses. Probably sounds shocking but if I'm totally honest I would probably be happiest as one of those women who stay at home and don't work at all - like my Mother did. I would never get bored because even now I get more fulfillment from my house, my garden my cats, my tennis than I ever have from the workplace. Trouble is - that's not practical in this country in this day and age - it's just not financially viable unless you marry a millionaire

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