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Author Ridden, Phil, author.

Title So you want to be a teacher? : a guide for current and prospective students in Australia / Phil Ridden and Tracey Gray ; foreword by Terry O'Connell.

Published Camberwell, Victoria : ACER Press, 2013.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Giblin Eunson  331.702350994 RIDD    AVAILABLE
 UniM Giblin Eunson  331.702350994 RIDD    AVAILABLE
Physical description xii, 121 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series So you want to be a ...
So you want to be a ..
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 115-117) and index.
Contents Section 1 Why would I want to be a teacher? -- What do teachers do? -- What attracts people to teaching? -- What keeps people in teaching? -- Other rewards -- Section 2 Would I make a good teacher? -- What is a good teacher? -- Succeeding in the long term -- What if I have a disability? -- How can I know if this would suit me? -- Section 3 The realities of teaching -- An overcrowded curriculum -- Administrative demands -- Balancing and achieving change -- Myths about teaching -- Why do teachers leave teaching? -- How stressful is teaching? -- Section 4 Pay and conditions -- Salary -- Hours -- Working flexible hours -- Holidays -- Working alone, working in teams -- Job availability -- Locations of jobs -- Section 5 Training to be a teacher -- Education course admission -- Choosing a university -- Courses and majors -- Field work -- How much work is involved in the course? -- Studying part-time -- Student life --
Contents note continued: What if I change my mind about teaching part way through the course? -- Gaining an advantage -- What won't I learn at university? -- After graduation -- Section 6 Career choices -- School sectors -- Levels of education -- Specialist areas of teaching -- Teaching adults -- Career paths to leadership -- Section 7 Employer expectations -- Putting students first -- Responsibility -- Continual learning -- Hours beyond the work day -- Going the extra mile -- Standards of behaviour and performance -- Transitions and follow-up -- Critical reflection -- Relationship building -- Collaboration -- Support for school values and culture -- Passion and commitment -- Section 8 Secrets of success -- Know yourself -- Know your stuff -- Know your students -- Prepare -- Begin well -- Engage students in the learning -- Make parents your allies -- Find mentors among your colleagues -- Stay fresh -- Maintain a work-life balance -- Section 9 The future of teaching --
Contents note continued: Technology -- Governmental directions -- International perspectives -- Section 10 Starting out -- Organisation -- Get real -- Hitting the wall -- Doing things in the right order -- What to teach? -- Birth of an educator -- First-timer priorities -- Section 11 One teacher's story -- Fire in the belly.
Summary This book is designed to assist prospective, and even current, teaching students in making the right decision about their future career. The authors draw on their combined experience as classroom teacher, principal and systems leader to paint an engaging, practical and comprehensive picture of what it is to be a teacher -whether primary or secondary, in whatever educational sector. The book explores why you might want to be a teacher, why you might not, and the qualities of a successful teacher, so that you can consider whether you fit the profile. The authors describe what teachers actually do with their time, and the pay and conditions. They look at how you will train to be teacher, and how you might specialise. They explain what employers will expect of you, and how you can ensure you succeed, and offer a peek into the future, when you might be graduating. And importantly, they provide the real life account of one teacher's journey, and the experience of another in beginning teaching.
Other author Gray, Tracey E., author.
O'Connell, Terry, author of introduction, etc.
Subject Teaching -- Vocational guidance -- Australia -- Juvenile literature.
Teachers -- Employment -- Australia -- Juvenile literature.
Teaching -- Australia -- Juvenile literature.
Teaching -- Vocational guidance -- Australia.
Teachers -- Employment -- Australia.
Teaching -- Australia.
ISBN 9781742861098 (paperback)