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I used to work in this school although it was several years ago. Things will have changed a lot. Back in the late nineties, the economic crisis was still pretty bad over there. The school was doing fine, though. I did TEFL teaching for some years. Amazingly there were aspects of it where I had some success All in all, though, I had no idea whatsoever about my neurological differences and I'd never realised back then I learn very differently to other people. By that, I mean, 99 per cent of people evolved to take in information through groups, teachers, social means of education. Teaching is essential for them. Without a "teacher" or a "course", the average person cannot thrive. What has hardly been realised is it is possible to study successfully without teachers or courses. That applies to languages. True, in my own case, my dominant language strength is more theoretical but I still managed to use audio recordings to then be able to understand speech. I think the problem I had with TEFL was that to teach others, you need to be able to relate to their need for verbal communication. Also the various systems of "entertainment" where you were supposed to make up activities to keep the class interested. This is just not the way I taught myself. Also I hate to do things systematically. If you think about it, children learn to speak but they never learned around a system of fragmented activities. No child does verbs one day, pronouns the next week, sentences the next month and so on. Still had I known then what I know now, I would have realised certain limitations in my ability to relate to group teaching. By the way, they did not like my teaching at all. It was all down to personal connection which I lacked.
Hi, I've had a rocky career path to say the least but recently started some self employed work and found it to be rewarding. However, speaking to clients and the uncertainty of work load makes me anxious and I would prefer to have some regular part-time work alongside. I have a teaching qualification and in the past I've taught at post-compulsory level and have found that I can be an enspiring teacher, even though I find it stressful. However, my last role went horribly wrong and I was exploited on a zero hours contract and constantly monitored and made to feel anxious by collegues. After this I stopped teaching for a while and got a job as a CAD Designer, however this ended in me filing a grievance claim after I was bullied and undermined by a collegue resulting in my employer making me redundant. I have an interview for a part-time teaching job at a sixth form college tomorrow and an really stressed about it. I feel that I enjoy teaching because I find working with young people rewarding but struggle to know what is expected of me and to get on with staff. I'm just wondering, if any of you guys are teachers then does it work for you or are you perminantly stressed? Not sure if it will ever work or what I would need to do to make it work? Sorry if I'm rambling but I'm super anxious atm Bev