Ways to Build a Successful Teaching Career
Considering how to build a successful teaching career is no different than similar considerations for any other profession. Before beginning such consideration, however, one must first ponder what success looks like. What is your conception of a successful teaching career? After resolving my definition of âsuccessâ Iâm left with three primary factors to consider; education, self-awareness of where in the teaching profession Iâll be happiest, and obtaining good relevant experience.
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This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate Maricris W. Please note that this blog post might not necessarily represent the beliefs or opinions of ITTT.
The first, and perhaps most important, factor in a successful teaching career is to obtain the best education I can get. If Iâm not educated it will be challenging to educate others. My personal opinion in this regard is itâs best to obtain a broad education in preparation for a teaching career. Included in a solid education is certification as a teacher of foreign students. The knowledge you will receive in pursuit of your certification is applicable no matter whom you wish to teach. I believe this approach of obtaining a broad education is best because it affords more flexibility moving forward by not limiting your options with a narrow educational background. This is important, particularly when considering my second factor because you donât want to find yourself in the position of having not taken the proper educational courses after discovering with whom you desire most to teach.
As indicated, my Second factor to a successful teaching career is discovering who you want to teach. This may take the longest before you can honestly conclude youâve made a decision and know how you want to spend your career and whom you wish to teach. Some people prefer special needs students while others prefer students within a particular age range. I fall within this latter category. I discovered the most pleasure for me was teaching the children around first or second grades. Once Iâve determined the âtypeâ of a student I desire to teach itâs time to put in the hard work.
The third factor for a successful teaching career is getting as much pertinent experience as you can. While every experience is helpful, I believe if I can garner experience with the type of student I desire to teach Iâll be better prepared for that student than had I not received that experience. In my example then, this third factor ideally involves obtaining experience teaching students in first or second grades. I am not suggesting there is no value to getting experience with other student types, there is. My point is the most benefit would be to get the experience with the students youâll be teaching.
Building a successful teaching career is not any different than building another profession. If you want to be successful you have to be organized and thoughtful. I believe for the profession of teaching this breaks down into three factors to consider; (1) education, (2) knowing whom you wish to teach, and (3) obtaining pertinent experience. Following a strategy methodically eventually will get you someplace and if your organization and thoughts were truly structured and cogent respectfully, then youâll end up someplace good.
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