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I'm currently a Conversational English teacher, which many of you will likely contend does not make me a real educator to which I will respond... Okay.
I am trying to get into teaching as a career in the international circuit and will start taking certification courses in the near future.
So, Hello all you teachers!
Any New York City teachers on here? I'm moving and hoping to be certified within the year to start my career. Any advice would be great :D
Hey, Cullen. I had my first male teacher in fourth grade. It was a great experience, especially since my folks had split and I didn't have many male role models at that time. Thanks for being in the trenches with the younger grades. I honestly can't imagine what I'd do if I was reassigned from HS to primary. The thought scares me!
There aren't many men working with younger children these days. I take pride in the fact that I have chosen to work at the elementary school level, teaching fourth grade. Most of the kids I teach tell me I'm the first male teacher they've ever had, and besides being a quality teacher, I feel it is my calling to provide them a strong male role model.
I am a Social Studies Education Major currently and can't wait to start teaching at the High School level! It will be nice to be able to talk with men who are also educators!
I think today's kids are very interested in current events, but they don't have the context or background that they should. When I was growing up I knew about current events, watched the news or read the paper, etc. Part of that, though was due to the Cold War and the emphasis placed on international competition. Today kids are sort of rootless when it comes to developing an international perspective.
Wat I try to do is make it interesting by connecting their experience to real life events when possible and by integrating math, English and science skills into the curriculum. We create maps and graphs using social data and employing math skills, e.g. This makes it a bit more challenging and the kids aren't just listening to the old guy (me) ramble on at the front of the room.
I am trying to give a short (lol) description of the system that we have here.
There is an obligatory pre-school year, between the age of 5 and 7.
Students can start they schooling at the age of 6 or 7.
Elementary education lasts 8 years.
After they have to choose from the followings:
Grammar School or specialized Grammar School.
These last for 4 - 6 years.
After that they may enter University or College.( 3 years of Bachelor, 2 or 3 years of Master) If not they can start working or study in a Technical school which educates them to become a member of a trade.
Around the age 18 those who finished Grammar or Technical school pass a GCSE that is NOT obligatory, but needed if going to College or University.
In elementary and secondary education the day starts at about 8 am and finishes at about 1pm in elementary or 3 pm in secondary. Elementary schools usually have afternoon care for the children untill 5pm. This is optional in most cases.
Lessons last 45 minutes, with a 10 min break plus a 15-20 min break once a day to have a snack between 9-10 am. In elementary they have 5-6 lessons a day, in secondary they have 6-8 lessons a day.
Roughly about our system.
Myself. I am a private teacher. I am teaching English Language as a Foreign Language. I work with adults / grown ups and 16+ students. As you may know we here speak Hungarian so English is essential for business, international communication. In case you want a degree in anything, you have to prove your language knowledge in at least one foreign language via an examination for example ECL, TOEFL or IELTS can be matches for you.
So my scheduling is different to the written above. I start at 7.30. Lunch at 13.00. ,start again at 14.30 and finish when I want or nobody wants to visit me.I work with individuals or small groups (2-4 students). My lessons last 90 minutes, with a 5 min break.
@Geoffrey, do you find that students today are interested in current events? Do they understand the impact or does it seem to be a more superficial understanding?
@Janos, You are very welcome here! I see you are from Budapest, I believe you are our first teacher from outside of North America. What are the ages of the children (or child) that you teach? How long is your day with the students?
Have a nice day! I am a private personal teacher. I hope you dont mind me joining!
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