Welcome to our second entry!
So if you are an aspiring teacher, looking for an honest insight into the teaching career then this is the book for you!
– Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. Nelson Mandela
– It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. Albert Einstein
If messages such as these touch you in any way, perhaps you are thinking of a career in teaching. Teaching is a very rewarding profession; a teacher influences the lives of many young people and truly can make a difference. Working in initial teacher education we are always looking to help new entrants to join our profession. We have a commitment to supporting people from all walks of life to become teachers so that the diversity of the teaching workforce reflects the diversity of society. Increasingly however the actual process of deciding on which pathway, completing an application and preparing for interview has become a more complicated process and currently many news stories describe sometimes challenging working conditions and point towards a forthcoming shortage of secondary teachers. Alongside our colleagues we have often discussed the need for more help for potential applicants to make informed choices about whether secondary teaching is for them. This book fills that gap giving an honest assessment of what being a secondary teacher entails with discussion of the day-to-day realities, how to apply and advice on how to thrive during training and afterwards.
In writing this book we wanted to give an honest account of the highs and lows of life working in secondary schools. To do this we collaborated with colleagues with many years experience and success working in schools and teacher education who have written about areas of specialist knowledge and expertise. “Getting into Secondary Teaching”also offers examples from experienced teachers, teachers in training, pupils and even parents who tell it to you ‘exactly as it is’ so you know the expectations of the many different facets involved in being a teacher. The book also encapsulates research, theory and practice in teaching to enable you to develop an informed stance on important themes in secondary education.
While “Getting into Secondary Teaching” provides essential advice to help you through the entire process of deciding on what pathway to apply for, where to apply, how to prepare your written application and what admissions tutors are looking for in interviews it is also designed to provide preparation for starting a training course too. There is accessible information explaining the impact that current policy has on teachers, advice on working with young people, explanation of how to develop into a subject specialist and guidance on how to maintain your wellbeing during the challenges of secondary teaching.
Our book ‘Getting into Secondary Teaching’ will give you all the information and encouragement you need to select the right pathway to becoming a teacher who will be able to unlock the potential of the young people teaching and guiding them towards a fulfilling education and future beyond school.
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