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Becoming a Teacher

You can love 'em or hate 'em, but you have to admit your teachers are some of the most important people in your world! If you're thinking about becoming a teacher when you grow up, read on to find out what it takes.

The ABC's of Teaching

One of the great qualities about teachers is their patience. They wait for you to figure out that really hard math problem and they don't get mad at the kid who always wets his pants in class. Teachers also need to be creative (for art class), dramatic (for acting out Shakespearean plays in English class), energetic (for P.E. class) and enthusiastic for classes that aren't so exciting, like geography. Oh, and you're going to have to be really good at explaining things, like how something works, and be a great public speaker cuz you'll be in front of a class every day. If you have a fear of public speaking, then conquer it now!

Getting Certified

You have to be certified in order to be a teacher. Every state has its own requirements, so talk to your state Board of Education and find out what your state's specific certification requirements are. Depending on whether you want to work with kids or teenagers, you can be certified to teach elementary school, junior high, or high school. You can also become a special education teacher who works with children with behavioral disorders or learning disabilities like dyslexia.

The Money Factor

Unfortunately, teachers don't make that much dough. Starting salaries vary across the country, ranging from $25,000 up to $50,000 - if you're willing to move to Alaska. But you're not going into this career for the money, right? It's cuz you love kids and want to make a difference in their lives! And what other job out there gives you two months of summer vacation, plus a week off in the spring and two weeks off in the winter?

Did You Know?

  • Private school teachers don't have to be certified, so they earn less than public school teachers.
  • National Teacher Day always falls on the Tuesday of the first full week of May, and then that whole week becomes Teacher Appreciation Week.
  • Teachers don't have to stick to public or private schools. They can teach aboard a ship, at an aviation school, or even at the school of rock!
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worldqweencc
worldqweencc posted in Friends:
I'm not quiet sure what's a real friend and what's a fake one anymore. I know when there's a friend who's only a school friend rather than an 'outside' friend as well, but at the same time it makes me so confused. Here's my story: There's a girl named Xian. We had a unique way of becoming friends ... but it clicked. For the whole year I've been trying to keep in contact with her ... but she's not very willing to try and put in any effort to stay in contact with me. Her personality is beyond sweet, and her skills at art are even better. If she was to have an award, it would be a giant trophy with her face plastered on it and big bold letters listing 'Nicest Girl In The World!' ... Its just ... she lied to me.  I was all about this friendship. I was ... i'll admit ... sort of a lost puppy following around her owner.  So, I got her this T-Shirt she really wanted for her birthday, and not long her birthday was mine, April First. I was expecting at least a letter, or maybe even something cheap. It didn't really matter to me.  But on my birthday she didn't even come to school. Nor when she got back did she ever say sorry, or give me any be-lated gift of any sort.  That should have been my first clue. Even my mother started catching on. My second clue was she even told me she was oblivious and wasn't good at keeping in contact. I thought she was joking. How could a friendship so sweet be tossed out just like that? My third one was near the end of school, one of her friends in elementary was bragging about the plushies she got from Xian. Apparently she had four from her.  Xian had originally told me it was AGAINST her religion to give out gifts to other people. I knew she wasn't lying about her religion in general, because I met her mom on a field trip and she was quiet ... different. But I didn't understand why Xian had gotten so many small plushies for her, and yet not a single small stamp for me? My last clue was the last day of school. She didn't even try to say good-bye or even hang out with me for that matter. I know what you're thinking. "Girl, you've gotta be kidding me if you can't see that she has no intention of being your friend!" But this girl was the nicest to me. She stood next to me during harsh times, and comforted me when I was down. She told me I was important.  And you don't get many friends to do those special things to you. It was rare to have a friend make me feel so tall and worthy.  ... So ... I can't understand ... why'd she do all that .... and suddenly ... just ... walk away ...
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catsandpizza
catsandpizza posted in Style:
American Apparel croptop, Juicy Couture velvet sweatpants and Uggs
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Heyyyyy_
Heyyyyy_ posted in Friends:
"donteatcarrots" wrote:I dunno, looks like something more than being friends is going on here. It's probably best to ask her face-to-face though, before jumping to conclusions. ^^^
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catsandpizza
catsandpizza posted in Friends:
depends 
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-Gwen9--
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I don't know. It honestly could be that she likes you, or she is just a really good friend.
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