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At school we're filling out our teaching assignment preference surveys for next year, and it got me wondering what everyone here teaches.

I teach 7th grade (ages 12-13) English, Pre-Advanced Placement (if the students stay in this track they can take high school English for college credit) and Gifted. In the past I've taught ESL, US History, reading, and Street Law. As far as grade levels, I've taught 6th, 7th and 8th (roughly ages 10-14).

I've been toying with the idea of getting certified to teach technology. I've also thought that I might teach at a junior college someday.

What about you? What do you teach? What would you like to teach?

Date: 2010-04-24 05:38 pm (UTC)
kaethe: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kaethe
I teach the same thing! Pre-AP English 7, plus regular English 7. I've taught 7/8 ESL, and 9/10/11 English.

As for what I'd like to teach: I actually enjoy my 7th graders. I'd love to try history, though, since that's my other certification and I've never taught it.

Date: 2010-04-24 08:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] redsnake05
I'm secondary (years 9 - 13, or grade 8 - 12 for North Americans) trained in science, physics and maths. I actually teach general science (years 9 - 11) and physics (years 12 - 13), but next year I might be teaching years 7 and 8 too. Being maths trained is helpful, even though I don't teach it. Um, I have taught technology (electronics) too, but I hated that (the electronics, not the technology process). I wouldn't mind teaching hard materials, computer science or fabrics, but mostly I am committed to science (not least because I get to be the boss here).

I very nearly opted for primary teacher training, because I believe in general, multi-disciplinary education. I love what I do, but I'd love to teach a general class and teach across the curriculum areas.

Date: 2010-04-25 08:48 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ettegoom
I'm a Primary teacher, I teach 6 year olds. I like the cross curricular thing, but would like to teach the older kids... just because you can go into more depth with stuff, and they can do things on their own!

I'd also like to teach secondary science (general) and senior biology at some point...

Date: 2010-04-26 10:17 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ettegoom
It can be a little frustrating at times! But they are teachable, just in very small chunks! Are kids getting less able to concentrate on stuff or was I just a freak when I was a kid?

Date: 2010-04-25 06:57 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] liv
I teach biological science to 1st and 2nd year (college) medical students. It's really interesting, firstly because my students are adults who are intelligent and motivated, and secondly because we have a very integrated, holistic course, which means I often find myself teaching stuff way outside my specialist area. When I was younger I did seriously think about teaching primary school, and I like this job because I get the same sense of having a small group (I'm responsible for 11 students) to work with over an extended period, and not just focusing on one subject.

Date: 2010-04-27 09:52 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] liv
Yeah, the really getting to know a group is beautiful. I've always wanted to teach, and I was pretty convinced that secondary school wasn't for me. I seriously considered upper primary (8 to 12), because I really get on well with that age-group (but not with young children), and I wanted pupils who had already mastered the basics of being independent humans and expressing themselves in words. In the end I decided that although I'd love it in some ways, primary teaching wouldn't be enough of an intellectual challenge. This job has given me back some of the aspects of teaching that I thought I had sacrificed for a more mentally stimulating career in academia.

Date: 2010-04-25 11:32 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] yaramaz
I had written a really detailed reply yesterday but The Great Firewall of China was being disagreeable and ate it (it's been doing that a lot lately- I guess they are tightening up for Expo). Anyway. What do I teach? This year I teach academic writing, presentation skills, intro to business English and general academic skills (i.e. note-taking, critical reading) to 1st year university kids in an Australian/Chinese joint venture program. It's the first year I've had in the past decade where I am not actually teaching EFL/ESL (though the kids reallllllly need it) and it's a bit of a relief. I'm much more interested in critical thinking skills than in teaching grammar.

I had originally planned to be a high school history/lit teacher when I finished my degree. At that time (and still, now), Canada had a huge waitlist for getting into post degree teaching license programs. I was put on a waitlist back in 2001 and moved to Turkey to kill time until my name was called. I believe I am still on that list, though I'm not sure if I'd be willing to go back and do that program now (it is 18-24 months of classes and practica, unpaid, and at non-resident tuition rates, as I've been away for so long).

Date: 2010-04-26 12:57 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] yaramaz
Canada (esp west coast) has a huge surplus of overeducated youngish folk and no real business/industry to speak of anymore. It's either service industry jobs, self employment or, like thousands of others like me, working abroad (half the English teachers in Korea are Canadian, I've heard). There is a wait-list to train to be an RN as well (I looked into that when I couldn't get into the teaching program). I think they don't want to train more people than need requires. They are closing schools because of an increasingly smaller young generations. Looks like I may be in Shanghai for a while (my school has offered me 1-2 or 3 year contracts...)

Date: 2010-04-27 08:41 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] kaptainvon
I teach English and Drama in a Further Education college. The youngest of my students are fifteen, the oldest are chasing forty; the classes range from GCSE groups (the school leavers' qualification, often being retaken by people who didn't do too well the first time 'round, or missed out altogether) up to A-level (immediately pre-undergraduate level) and National Diploma (about half an undergrad degree, but vocationally-focused rather than academically).

I think I want to teach more Drama and less English in future, and I wouldn't say no to trying out more diplomas and suchlike.

Date: 2010-04-27 09:57 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] kaptainvon
Additional: the more I think about it, the less I want to stay teaching in government-driven further ed. - if I could move into more community education with less of a concern about qualifications and funding streams and more about learning for learning's sake and personal development, that'd be fab.


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