If you chose to be a teacher, what grade level would you want to teach?

@kgwat70 (13395)
United States
March 14, 2007 6:25pm CST
If you were to go into the teaching profession, what grade level would you want to teach or find most interesting? Why did you say that? Is there a certain grade or grades that you would not want to teach? Some people prefer choosing young children, some like the junior high level, some high school level and others college.
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31 responses
@14missy (3185)
• Australia
15 Mar 07
I actually did start my teaching degree in 2005 but moved state so couldn't finish it. I was studying to be an early childhood teacher which means from birth to 8 years. The kids have such wonderful absorbing minds at these ages and you actually seem to have more of an influence over them. They also seem to take more notice of you haha.
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@kgwat70 (13395)
• United States
15 Mar 07
Isn't there a school near you that you could finish your degree or maybe an online school? I am sorry that you were not able to finish it. You could also be a tutor possibly for children, which is what my mom does and enjoys.
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@mzbubblie (3840)
• United States
15 Mar 07
Without a doubt, I would want to be a fifth or sixth grade teacher, only being my son is in sixth grade, Being, I see what he's into, I believe I could utilize that into teching them skills in a fun way. I know me growing up, I didn't do well with the by the book teachers...I love learning more when it was fun
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@kgwat70 (13395)
• United States
15 Mar 07
That is nice that you would to do more and help your son as well as the other children his age. I think it is fun more when teachers can be creative and not just stick with the books all the time.
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@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
14 Mar 07
Well I am currently teach nursing at a small local college. However, if I were asked about teaching other levels, I do have a preference! I would want to teach around grade 2-3. I couldn't stand the high school grades as we have taken all control from teachers! At grade 2-3 the students still have some respect for their teachers! Ha!
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@kgwat70 (13395)
• United States
15 Mar 07
I agree that high school is the toughest to teach our children since many of them are not interested in learning and want to have fun and spend time with friends and be crazy. College is not bad and before high school is not bad either.
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• Philippines
14 Mar 07
If I were a teacher, I probably would teach Highschool students. I don't have enough patience to deal with toddlers. Atleast in highschool, students are more mature. =)
@kgwat70 (13395)
• United States
15 Mar 07
You are definitely very brave for want to teach high school students as I know that I would probably not want to do that because they seem to be out of control these days. I would not say all high school students are mature. :-)
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@Stringbean (1273)
• United States
14 Mar 07
I already made that choice earlier in my life and spent a number of years teaching at the middle school level. Mostly 6th and 7th graders. It was probably the most interesting time of my life. The kids at that age are so full of energy and always looking forward to the future. You couldn't help but feel the same way just from being around them.
@kgwat70 (13395)
• United States
15 Mar 07
That is wonderful that you taught middle school children as I am sure that had to be interesting and fun. I am sure they are full of energy, as they were when I was in school that age. :-)
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@ironstruck (2299)
• Canada
14 Mar 07
I think teaching real little kids would be great fun. Just think. Kids are like a blackboard with nothing written on it. They have everything to learn and what you teach them will be the beginning of their growth into adulthood..
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@kgwat70 (13395)
• United States
15 Mar 07
I would love to teach and work with young kids as well. I think it would be a lot of fun. I have been working with people ages 16 and above but not the little ones yet.
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• United States
22 Mar 07
I actually have taught the 2nd grade one full year in a private School and several other subjects. I teach the older children in Bible School and it's very hard..they rather sleep in then come early on Sunday!
@kgwat70 (13395)
• United States
24 Mar 07
I did not know that you did any teaching. I am sure that you are a very good teacher. Did you enjoy working with the second graders? If I was your student, I would come in and listen to whatever you had to teach me. :-)
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@healer (1783)
• India
20 Mar 07
For me teaching kids would be great fun, but i don't want to be a school teacher anyway. I have a short temper so i am sure that i'll always run out of patience lolzz. Anyway teaching kids would be fun if i get a chance, as i 'll be asking them question that i know they will give me silly sweet and cute answers. Am a kids lover so thats what i thought of when i first saw your post.
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@kgwat70 (13395)
• United States
24 Mar 07
To be a good teacher, you definitely have to have a lot of patience. It does not matter what age group we teach, we have to show patience all the time to do well and to get through to the students.
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@villageanne (8554)
• United States
20 Mar 07
I love teaching high school kids. They have such a wonderful spirit about them. I dont think they are treated as well as they should be. People always look for the bad in teens and they dont praise them for the good. I see so much potential in the youth of today. The sad think it that they dont know they have this potential because people are always so negative with teens. I love all ages of kids from birth through adult. Infact I love people for the good in them.
@kgwat70 (13395)
• United States
24 Mar 07
There are many high school kids that really want to learn and do their best to get good grades toward a college scholarship. I know the high school kids in my neighborhood though are not well behaved and have lots of issues. I sometimes get some at my job and for the most part they have been great to work with and have great attitudes and a desire to learn and do well in life.
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@disvachic (10120)
• United States
15 Mar 07
Being that i have children ages 12,11 and 9 i would want teach students in high school.I think that would be a bit much for me dealing with the kids at school and then come home to my kids around the same age.
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@kgwat70 (13395)
• United States
15 Mar 07
I think that high school would be the toughest teaching job compared to other grade levels, especially now a days. I think some high school students misbehave more than young children or adults.
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@Jemina (5779)
15 Mar 07
I'm a teacher so can I participate in your discussion? Well, I always love teaching children. I think I have good talent in teahching children. Maybe because I'm childish LOL! For me there's not a more rewarding job than to be a part of molding children's ambitions and future. It is the foundation of their future educational accomplishment and the first teachers should be aware of this.
@kgwat70 (13395)
• United States
26 Mar 07
of course you can participate in the discussion. All teachers or anyone else can join in if they have a good comment to make. :-) That is great that you are a teacher as well. I work with mostly grown ups and some high school students.
@coolcrux1 (141)
• India
15 Mar 07
I had been teaching profession but now not and if i again start to teach to students then as same my past I would love to teach high school level. because I know my limitations I can't make understand primary level kids. and I am very keen to teach along with concepts. Actually at high level you do not need to pressuarize them. they know if you will do study then best will happen. they understand, so you just need to motivate and encourage, and they will automaticaly start taking interest.
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@kgwat70 (13395)
• United States
26 Mar 07
That is nice that you would want to teach the high school students as it is a challenging job but can be fun as well. If a person knows how to teach well, they will get the students attention but if not it can be crazy. :-)
• United States
15 Mar 07
I would want to teach teens in high school. They would be a big challenge. But, they really need a lot of help, so that is what I would want to do. I rated u another + for a great post. Keep them coming my friend.
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@kgwat70 (13395)
• United States
15 Mar 07
I agree that teaching high school students would be a big challenge. I have worked with a few of them in the past and it was difficult but i know not all of them are immature or do not care about their studies.
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@bgerig (1259)
• United States
15 Mar 07
I have been a teacher at the college level. I would like to get qualified to teach at high school because I believe I have talents to share. but it requires special certification here.
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@kgwat70 (13395)
• United States
24 Mar 07
That is great that you have taught at the college level. I bet you did very well and were able to keep your students attention. What kind of certification do you need to teach high school?
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• United States
14 Mar 07
I would choose to teach Elementary school students. The reason I prefer to teach them would be because I enjoy young children and watching them learn and explore so many things. I wouldn't want to teach High School level. I believe those students are more stubborn and hard to teach. Too much like myself. LOL
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@kgwat70 (13395)
• United States
15 Mar 07
I think elementary students would be more fun to work with as well compared to high school. Back when I was in high school, it was not have been too bad to teach them but times have changed and I think high school students are harder to work with now.
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@deesamps (653)
• United States
23 Mar 07
Since I substitute teacher I already know that I would definitly not want to teach jr. or sr. high school. I would like to teach Kindergarten or maybe even P.E. class. There is just something about it when you see a child's face light up and be all Ahha! I got it! And the kindergarteners are so sweet.
@Rexy_leigh (1189)
• Philippines
22 Mar 07
I am a teacher by profession (elementary school teacher).. and got my license last 2005..but not practicing it as of the moment though because of some reasons... :P well, I did choose to take up elementary teacher education coz since I was a kindergarten I have dreamed of becoming a teacher...and somehow my kindergarten influenced my desire to be one like her. She was really good and I've had a great solid foundation in education through her help and the love of educating us. and yeah, it does feel great teaching the young children to learn A B Cs and 1 2 3s and seeing them grow and turn out to be great professionals.. that just feels very rewarding!
@MrsSgtB (289)
• United States
22 Mar 07
I defiantly would want to teach Kindergarten. They are so young and innocent at this point. Plus they say the funniest things. Defiantly wouldn't want Jr High or High school...too much drama at that age and they can be ruthless. I give those teachers so much credit because I personally know I would not be able to handle them.
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@tarsadawn (350)
• United States
22 Mar 07
I would teach elementary school...like 3rd or 4th grade. Kids are so innocent then and haven't been jaded as bad, I think that would be the best grade to teach, for me.
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@wmg2006 (5383)
• United States
15 Mar 07
I actually thought about being a teacher once. I have 5 degrees and could easily get a teaching degree, but I think I would only enjoy teaching on college level. Anything below college level is like babysitting to me. LOL In order for me to do this I would have to get a masters degree which the desertation turns me off so much I will just keep my 5 BS degrees and not teach.
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