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Hi, I was wondering if you have any advice to passing a teaching test in order to be certified? I've been attempting for about three years, and am so close to giving up. Any advice?

Anonymous

What do you mean by teaching test? Like a written exam? The country I got certified in didn’t have tests as such, we were assessed during our practicum as well as written assignments like lesson plans etc.. So unfortunately I don’t have any advice myself since I don’t know what your test would be on (educational theory? Write a lesson plan in half an hour?). Perhaps one of our readers will leave a comment in the notes though. Good luck!

Hello! I need advice... so my history teacher from last year wants to be her TA but there is absolutely no room in my schedule this year (I don't have her anymore). Should I move a class online so I can TA for her if it doesn't screw up my credits?

Anonymous

what level of education is this?  the answer kind of depends on that.  

it also depends on whether it’s worth it for you, and depends what’s involved in TA-ing.  my personal TA experience is full-on: in charge of seminars and all the marking involved, as well as having to attend the regular lectures, plus all the student consultation.  it’s a huge time commitment.  but i got paid pretty well for it.  but i have friends whose only responsibility as a TA was to help the prof out with the marking (and sometimes attend a seminar).  so much less time commitment (but still getting paid!).

so i wouldn’t be a TA for free: either get an extra credit for it (which is what you’d get if you’re in high school) but definitely get paid if you’re in university.  as well, if you want to be / stay in academia then i don’t have to tell you that TA-ing will be a great boost for your resume, and a good experience in general.

but like i said, it IS a commitment so make sure that your own studies aren’t too impacted.

hope that helps.

xteacher

So I'm in year 9 at the moment and I have a big thing about respecting people, some girls bitch and giggle about the teachers at my school and I feel that they should know that what they are doing is wrong but when I tell them that they are being rude they just laugh at me should I tell a teacher or not?

Anonymous

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kids are going to be kids.  that’s amazing of you that you are mature enough to know that badmouthing people is wrong.  and it’s very noble of you to try to school them on their manners, but i’m not surprised that they would laugh at you.  it totally sucks, but you know, life is life and people are going to bitch about other people.  you just keep sticking to your own guns and don’t fall into their trap.  as long as you can walk away feeling like you haven’t stooped to their level by joining in (maybe peer pressure or etc.) then that’s pretty good.

xteacher

tbh the post on book banning wasn’t in response to something that happened to me as such, but something that came up in discussion with a few teacher friends recently, and does happen around the world, esp. in the USA.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-11417672
http://gawker.com/parents-call-cops-to-stop-kids-from-handing-out-banned-1569491566
http://www.kctv5.com/story/15992153/kctv5-investigates-book-banning-parents-v-public-schools
http://www.businessinsider.com/banned-books-in-school-libraries-2013-9
i’m also reminded of the donnie darko scene where the crazy teacher mrs kitty farmer tries to ban a graham greene book. fiction sure… but not far from the truth.
xteacher

tbh the post on book banning wasn’t in response to something that happened to me as such, but something that came up in discussion with a few teacher friends recently, and does happen around the world, esp. in the USA.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-11417672

http://gawker.com/parents-call-cops-to-stop-kids-from-handing-out-banned-1569491566

http://www.kctv5.com/story/15992153/kctv5-investigates-book-banning-parents-v-public-schools

http://www.businessinsider.com/banned-books-in-school-libraries-2013-9

i’m also reminded of the donnie darko scene where the crazy teacher mrs kitty farmer tries to ban a graham greene book. fiction sure… but not far from the truth.

xteacher

being a teacher and a person of colour

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Which one? Teacher?

Anonymous

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at first i just thought this ask was super random, and it took me awhile, but i think maaaaaaybe you’re referring to my really poorly worded answer to the last ask.  yeah that’s on me, i was going to phrase it differently and changed tactics half way through and didn’t proofread.  whatever.  i’m hungover as shit so sue me.  i’ve also decided against editing the last post to remind everyone teachers make mistakes too and also, i’m lazy (more the latter). 

xteacher

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