On 7/21/16, Benjamin wrote:
> Okay so I'm currently a student studying teaching.
> I'm having second thoughts about pursuing this career. I
> would enjoy teaching, I really think i would. However, I
> have read through many stories and articles about a
> teachers life saying that the work they bring home with
> them takes up all their time.
> How true is this for teachers here? Do you get any free
> time to spend with your family or friends? Or is it just
> what I've been hearing about.
Great question! As a teacher, you can always do more.
The opportunities for creating work to do are endless, with
planning, creating resources, assessment, meetings etc.
But you can also make a decision about how much you will
choose to work. You can learn to work smarter - to plan
quickly, to not spend too much time getting little things
perfect and to be as efficient as you can. Your first few
years you will most likely put in a lot of hours as you are
getting used to all the responsibilities of the job. But after
that, you can decide how you choose to approach your job.
Personally, I work every day from about 8:00am-5:00pm
and I choose not to do anything outside of that. What
doesn't get done in those hours, won't get done. (Except
for report writing and parent teacher interview times - then I
work weekends). In pretty strict on myself and have learnt
to prioritise what I do so that when 5:00 comes I'm out the
door and even if everything's not done, the important
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