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My school has a good policy on phones which works because it is backed up by student services and admin.

What s**ts me is their policy saying teachers shouldn't drink tea/coffee in class because the students can't and it sets a bad example. I need my caffeine in the morning!!!
 

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My school has a good policy on phones which works because it is backed up by student services and admin.

What ****s me is their policy saying teachers shouldn't drink tea/coffee in class because the students can't and it sets a bad example. I need my caffeine in the morning!!!

How long before class starts are you at school? I'm at school two hours before class starts.
 
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I'll chime in.

If you're not sure about teaching in general and want to dip your toe in, go and do a CELTA and teach English as a second language somewhere (I'd recommend Europe rather than SE Asia).

First off: you'll see if you can hack it - teaching isn't for everyone
Secondly: you'll learn about people and about yourself
Thirdly: it's a good experience
Lastly: you'll have a skill you can always fall back on and stories to tell to boot

Just my two cents worth.
 

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I'll chime in.

If you're not sure about teaching in general and want to dip your toe in, go and do a CELTA and teach English as a second language somewhere (I'd recommend Europe rather than SE Asia).

First off: you'll see if you can hack it - teaching isn't for everyone
Secondly: you'll learn about people and about yourself
Thirdly: it's a good experience
Lastly: you'll have a skill you can always fall back on and stories to tell to boot

Just my two cents worth.
The paid jobs for those with no university education qualifications are in Asia.

If you have a Graduate Certificate in Education or higher there are at least some good options in Europe.

Asia (especially Japan, Taiwan and South Korea) often has schools that are more intense and some parents have very high expectations.
 
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The paid jobs for those with no university education qualifications are in Asia.

If you have a Graduate Certificate in Education or higher there are at least some good options in Europe.

Asia (especially Japan, Taiwan and South Korea) often has schools that are more intense and some parents have very high expectations.
What he said.
I have a CELTA and a Uni Degree, not in education, but it's enough. To add, the better jobs are in Europe.
You can still find jobs without a degree, but with a CELTA.. but they'll be lower paid and you'll have to except dodgier conditions. I started out in London of all places English teaching.
 

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My school has a good policy on phones which works because it is backed up by student services and admin.

What ****s me is their policy saying teachers shouldn't drink tea/coffee in class because the students can't and it sets a bad example. I need my caffeine in the morning!!!
Our school has triedto say teachers are not allowed hot drinks in the classroom (includingin travel mugs). Hypocritical since leadership go to get coffee from staffroom and van just as we have to let kids in.
 

raskolnikov

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Our school has triedto say teachers are not allowed hot drinks in the classroom (includingin travel mugs). Hypocritical since leadership go to get coffee from staffroom and van just as we have to let kids in.
I've found that with admin it's usually a matter of do as I say, not do as I do. I hate to say it but I've respected very few leaders in my 20 years teaching.
 

Donstuie

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I'm looking at a move from the business world into secondary teaching, and given I have a previous Bachelors I've been looking at the various Masters degrees around the place.

I've been recommended Melbourne Uni (with/out internship option) and Deakin as the best options, but happy to hear suggestions.

Also, would I be restricted to covering only specialist areas that were part of my majors, or are other options available?
 

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I'm looking at a move from the business world into secondary teaching, and given I have a previous Bachelors I've been looking at the various Masters degrees around the place.

I've been recommended Melbourne Uni (with/out internship option) and Deakin as the best options, but happy to hear suggestions.

Also, would I be restricted to covering only specialist areas that were part of my majors, or are other options available?
We usually get Melbourne and Deakin students who are quite good and they speak highly of each of their universities' program. I *think* you may limited to what you studied in your bachelors, this is going off my personal knowledge and the fact that I completed my postgrad in WA which may be different here in VIC. Example; I did a major in Politics/History/International Relations and a minor in English Lit, I could only teach Humanities and English. In saying that, once you're in a school, you end up teaching whatever they give you.

What is your area/s?
 

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Donstuie

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We usually get Melbourne and Deakin students who are quite good and they speak highly of each of their universities' program. I *think* you may limited to what you studied in your bachelors, this is going off my personal knowledge and the fact that I completed my postgrad in WA which may be different here in VIC. Example; I did a major in Politics/History/International Relations and a minor in English Lit, I could only teach Humanities and English. In saying that, once you're in a school, you end up teaching whatever they give you.

What is your area/s?
I’ve looked a bit more into it and you are correct, it depends on my previous majors and minors. They all appear to follow the VIT guidelines.

I majored in Media Studies and Marketing. So I’d qualify for media but would need another business minor (like accounting, HR, management etc) as business/commerce appears to require two minors rather than one major.

So it looks likely I’d have to pick some extra subjects up before moving to a Masters. Unless there’s some flexibility to the guidelines (doubtful)?
 
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