I teach. Someday’s I teach Mathematics at a little K-8 school. I teach their 7th and 8th grade students math, in a block scheduling system, where the days I’m there they get math, and on the days I’m not there they get Language Arts.

This is my 13th year to teach and my 5th at this school. At the school before this one I taught 7th grade through Calculus, no really I did, I loved it. One year I prepped four classes consisting of 7th math, Algebra I, Geometry and PreCalculus/Calculus. (PreCalc/Calc as with that class I could take them further into Calculus once I saw what they were capable of already. Instead of just sticking to Pre-Calculus.)

On other days I teach Yoga. I have my 200 hour certification and even opened a Yoga studio with some great chicks in the summer of 2017. It’s interesting and different to teach people who pay me to teach them. My job is to make sure they move and sweat and maybe get out of their own head for a minute.

Something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately is education courses. The reason being is my niece is wanting to go into education. Her mother and I (both educators) are trying to talk her out of it. My reason is I want her to get a science degree, something that will always be in demand and then to do alternate certification and teach. The problem being she wants to do elementary education. hmmm…. fine. I’ve said over the last few years that I learned more about leading while pursing my MBA than I did in any of my education classes. (That translates to the classroom so much.) But my sisters insistence that elementary ed classes are different got me thinking, which education classes were really a waste of my time and which were beneficial. They couldn’t all be nonsense.

Which lead me to reviewing all of the classes I took in the college of education. The classes I learned the most in were my teaching for secondary math or classes that dealt with my subject and the teaching of it. The classes that mixed elementary ed and secondary, worthless (there were a lot of these).

My new advice to my niece, get a degree in science and minor in education. Take those elementary ed classes that teach you how to teach a child to read, write, and do math. But don’t major in it, because the rest is not worth it. Having a degree in science will make you stand out against all of the other teacher resume’s. And while a elementary education degree would give you flexibility to be home with your kids in the summer. A science degree means you can get a teaching job at just about anytime you want it.

At least with alternate certification there is an option to do something else, if A) you need to be paid more, B) want to be respected more, or C) you just find out its not the best fit for you.

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