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AlexandriaSpringer Ms.Boes English10 September23,2013 ShapingtheFuture Everybodyhastheabilitytolearn,isonethingRyanSimmelink,afourthgradeteacher,told mewhileIwasjobshadowinghim.Hefurtherexplainedthatheunderstoodthatnoteveryonelearnedat thesamelevelormadethesameamountofgrowth,buteverybodycanlearn.Iwouldlovetobetheone toprovidethatopportunity.Ifeellikethereisalotmoretoteachingthanstandingupinfrontofa classroom.Thepathtobecomingateacherandbeingabletomaintaintheroleofateachertakesalot ofdedication.Nomatterwhatkindofstudentsyouwanttoteach,whethertheybesecondgradersor adultsontheirwaytoamastersdegree,youmustputinalotofhoursintoschooling.Evenafteryou obtainadegree,youmuststilltakeaminimumofsomanyclassesoveratimeperiodtokeepyour teachingcertificate.Igetalongwellwithchildren,andIwishtoinspiresomeoneslife.Ibelieveteaching isabrilliantwaytodothat.ThoughIthinkthiscareerwouldsuitmewell,toensurethatImakingthe bestdecision,Iwouldstillliketofindoutabouttheeducation,negativeaspects,andbeneficialaspects ofthejob. Youstartacareerbeforeyoureallyevenstartyourfirstdayonthejob.Itstartswithchoosing youreducationpathincludingwhatcollegetogoto,whatclassestotake,andthedegreesand certificationsyouneed.Everystatehasdifferentcredentialsneededtobecomeateacher.Beforeeven startingcollegeinthepursuitofteaching,youmusttakecertainentranceexamsandtheycanvaryfrom statetostate.Youalsohavetochoosewhichtypeofteacheryouwouldliketobecome.Thetwofields

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IminterestedinareartandEnglish. Whenconsideringajob,youmustalwaystakethenegativealongwiththepositive.Oneofthe mainnegativesthatcanbeassociatedwithteachingisthatfactthatyouwillbefacedwiththeoptionto joinaunionandsometimesevenpressuredintoone.Onebadthingthatcanbroughtonbyaunionis thatsometimestheycandragthefocusoffstudentsandontoteacher,butwhenbecomingateacher yourmainfocusshouldbeonstudents.Withteachingcareers,yourarelyeverhearthetermgood salary.Thisdoesn'tmeanyougetabadsalary,buttherearemanyothercareersthatofferabetterone. In2011theaverageteacherinIowahadasalaryof49,800dollarsayearwhichwasa10percent decreaseofthenationalaverageof55,600dollars,saystheIowaStateLegislative.Somestatescan payalothigherthanthenationalaverage,whichissomethingtoconsideraswell.InIllinoisthestate averagewas69,800dollarsinrecentyears.Anotherthingyouhavetoacknowledgeisthestatelaws andregulationsthataresetforteachers.Theselawscanchangeandevolvefromyeartoyear,andyou mighthavetoadjustyourwayofteaching.OneofthemajoractsthatisenforcedonteachersistheNo ChildLeftBehindAct.Thislawcanbejustifiableandcredibleinsomewaysandnotinothers.Itwas establishedtomakesurethatallstudentshavethesamebasicskillsneededandarehavingthem providedtothem,butatthesametime,notallstudentscanlearnanddevelopatthesamelevelandthe teacherisnotalwaystoblameforthis. Someoftheotherproblemsthatarisewithbeingateacheraremoredirectedtothedistrictand schoolyouareteachingat.Theaspectofasalarycouldbeaffectedbythedistrictyouareteachingatas well.Someschooldistrictscanevenhavedistrictrequirements,andsomemightevenbeagainsta teacherjoiningaunion.Alsowithteachingyouwontbeabletohaveanycontroloverwhoyour studentsorcoworkersare.Sometimesthosepeoplearewhatcanmakeorbreakateachingexperience

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andyouroutlookonthecareer.Theonlytimeputintoteachingisntjustthetimeateacherputsin standinginfrontoftheclassroom.Insomestates,itisrequiredtocontinuetakingclassestoreestablish yourteachinglicenseeverysomanyyears.AfterspeakingtoMr.Simmelink,Iwasmuchmoreaware ofthetimeputintoteaching.Evenduringateachersbreaksoraftertheyleavetheschool,theyarestill typicallygradingpapers,makingascheduleforfutureclasses,orsettinguptheclassroomforthenext lesson.Theyhavetohavemeetingswithotherteachersorwithstudentsparentsinpursuitofwhat'sbest forthestudent. Inalotofsituationsandespeciallyjobsthebeneficialaspectscandefinitelyoutwaythenegative. Youtypicallygetthesamescheduleasyourstudentswhichtypicallyentailsweekendsandsummersoff whichcanbeamajorbenefitofthejobbutitalsomeanscanmetwotothreemonthswithoutpay. Thoughitdoesn'thavethehighestsalary,youarestillprovidedwithasteadyincomeanddon'thaveto worryaboutwhatyournextpaycheckwillbeorifyouaregoingtoreceiveitatall.Oneofthemajor benefitsofbeingateacherisyougetfullhealthinsuranceanddon'thavetoworryaboutthatcomingout ofyourpaycheck.Healthinsuranceissomethingthatisbecomingmoreandmorescarceinmany professions,butisntsomethingthatwillbechangingintheforeseeablefutureforteachers.Some teachingjobscanalsoprovidetuitionreimbursements,sopayingcollegetuitionswontbeasmuchas burdonastheycouldbeifyouweretochooseanothercareer.Teachingcanalsoprovidepensionplans, andyoucouldgetfundinginretirementandwon'thavetosaveupasmuch.Overallteachingcantake offsomeoftheburdenofbeinganadult. Teachersleavesomeofthebiggestimprintsonfuturegenerations,andtherearepositivesand negativestoeveryjob,butthisjobisworthallofit.Withalittlebitofschooling,Iwillbeframingmy future.Manypeopleoverlooktheimportanceofteachersbecausetherearesomanyofthem.Almost

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everyparentputsfaithinsomeaspectsoftheupbringingofachild.Tostartofthiscareeryoumust choosetherighteducationplantoputyouontherightpath.Likeanyothercareeryouhavetolookat thenegativeaspectsandtheycanreallygetyouandmakeyounotasconfidentaboutteaching.Then youcanlookatthebenefitsandwhatyouaregoingtobedoingandwhatyouaregoingtobe contributingtosociety,anditstartstolooklikeafantasticcareerchoice.Somepeoplesaythatifyou lovewhatyoudoyouwillneverhavetoworkadayinyourlife,whenteachingyouareliterallysharing yourpassionwithothersanditsnotalwaystheeasiestone,butitcanbeagreatjob.

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