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Public School Teaching

Once you're ready to start teaching your next step is to decide where you want to teach. The first decision is what ages you want to teach, while next you will have to think about whether you prefer a private or public school environment. Some people may think that teaching a private school is an improvement over public schools, but not always. It really is a matter of personal preference, but public school teaching has many advantages that may surprise many.

Advantages to Public School Teaching

First of all, it is an incredibly rewarding job. As a public school teacher you will have a chance to make a difference in many kids' lives, one day at a time. No job is quite as rewarding, or as revered as being a public school teacher. With all the advantages of being a public school teacher it is not surprising that many teachers who go into public teaching have a difficult time retiring, because their job means so much to them.

The great thing about teaching in a public school is that if you find that it doesn't work for you, you can always change jobs down the road. Move to a different school, teach different subjects, or find a teaching job outside of the public system.

  • More job options: Public schools outnumber private institutions by a large number, meaning it is much easier to find a job at a public school than a private one. Plus, the experience you get as a public school teacher will better prepare you for a job in a private school, should you decide to make the switch.
  • More breadth of subjects: While public schools may not be able to spend a lot of time delving deep into a subject, you will get to teach a wide range of subjects, should you choose.
  • More students: While this may sound like a bad thing, what you have to keep in mind is that public schools provide an education to everyone – not just those who can afford it. At a public school you will have the opportunity to interact with children from all walks of life.
  • More work: Again, this may sound like a negative, but for some people this can be a chance to do things outside your normal lesson plan. Tutor kids, run the volleyball team, or teach kids how to play chess. You'll never run out of things to do, and for some people this can make the difference between a good job and a great one.

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