Career Guidance Changed my Degree

EmperorTigerstar

Ad Honorem
Jun 2013
6,415
USA
I wanted to be a high school history teacher for years. I've been going to college to get a teaching degree (BSED History). But then I took some practicums (essentially observing classrooms) and realized it wasn't for me. Why? Because somehow in the three years since I left high school, so much had changed.

My city's schools have implemented technological learning too large extents. For both practicums I had in two different school districts in my state, one rural and one city, the class was all "ok get out your laptops with the pre-loaded lesson and read it or watch the video while I awkwardly sit here if you have questions." Maybe there would occasionally be a small discussion afterwards, but usually they'd have a review with an online quiz app of some kind.

The whole thing just felt so...dry. It was boring. I'm the type who loves lecturing, having in depth Socratic discussions, and making things fun. But these classrooms weren't doing that. Both school systems had implemented this type of teaching for their entire staff, meaning I didn't just have two boring teachers. Technology, while it is the future and is important, is apparently now so important that all teachers have to use it in their classroom daily according to the school boards.

Even some of my favorite teachers from my own high school were having to do the same thing, with little room for compromise.

Since I just couldn't enjoy this type of teaching, didn't want to be lacking of passion with my teaching, nor want to teach elementary kids, I decided to change my degree.

Now I'm aiming for a BA in history and going for a college teaching route. (Getting masters degree, etc.) Colleges still allow for that old style of lecturing AND a healthy use of technology. So it seems more for me.
 

Futurist

Ad Honoris
May 2014
24,534
SoCal
The teaching in your high school really does seem dry nowadays. :( I mean, where's the passion, energy, and excitement? :(

Now I'm aiming for a BA in history and going for a college teaching route. (Getting masters degree, etc.) Colleges still allow for that old style of lecturing AND a healthy use of technology. So it seems more for me.
This is also what I am thinking of eventually doing. However, there appears to be a very real risk that one could be stuck being an adjunct instructor for the rest of one's life. :(

Also, which subjects do you want to teach?
 

Belgarion

Ad Honorem
Jul 2011
6,819
Australia
That's too bad ET. My sister in law is a teacher and she loves the interaction with her (very young) pupils. I can see why you would be disillusioned. Maybe a private school would be a better place for you to be able to actually teach rather than play videos?
 

EmperorTigerstar

Ad Honorem
Jun 2013
6,415
USA
Off topic question (sorry!):

In the USA what do you need to enter in the BSED? High Scholl or a History BA?
Depends on your state. My state requires that degree and various courses tailored to the state's set of rules for educators and public schools.

Also, which subjects do you want to teach?
History, geography, maybe politics if possible

Maybe a private school would be a better place for you to be able to actually teach rather than play videos?
Maybe. I do support the public school model though. I dunno.
 
Jul 2010
1,374
N/A
You should seriously consider that standing at a lectern and just reciting things from your thesis isn't fun either. You need a good mix of technology and discussion.