If you are interested in a career in teaching but not sure where to start, this book is the perfect guide. Written for anybody considering taking an initial teacher training course, this down-to-earth book is a straightforward and very helpful manual which will take you through all the stages of choosing a course, preparing for training and completing the course itself. It is a comprehensive and supportive guide to help you decide whether teaching is the career for you, and to what you can expect in the job.
o What is a teacher?
o The good news about teaching - working with children
o Routes to qualified teacher status and how to choose the right one for you
o Help with study skills, including essay writing, organisation and record-keeping
o How to survive your teaching placements
o Developing your professionalism
o Coping with the bad news - teacher workload, bureaucracy and stress
o How to get your first job
Written in an engaging and humorous - but above all, supportive - style, the book is essential pre-course reading for prospective student teachers.
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Table of Contents
Abbreviations ix Preface: A back-pocket book xi Chapter 1 'Teaching is the profession that creates all others' 1 The teachers' world 1 Voices from the non-teaching world 2 Teaching - a vocation? 4 Choosing a career - or a job? 5 The saloon bar and the classroom 5 Four groups of readers 6 What is a teacher? 7 Schooling isn't what it's about 7 So what is teaching about? 9 Education as a business 12 Chapter 2 Teaching in a school 13 Good news 13 Do you remember? 17 Mind-map your old school 20 Visiting a school 22 Comparing schools 27 Chapter 3 Getting into teaching 29 Qualifications you need whatever route you follow 30 Routes into teaching in England 30 Routes into teaching in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland 37 Skills tests 39 Standards required for QTS 40 Money matters 42 Chapter 4 How to study 46 Read the papers 47 Read books 48 Thinking 52 Writing 53 Talking in groups 58 Chapter 5 In the thick of it 62 Two teaching placements 62 How to prepare for a placement 65 Some basic issues to consider when on a placement 66 How to get a job 87 Afterword 89 References 95 Index 97