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Old 03-28-2013, 12:24 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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Ithink most new teachers start in lower grades. Maybe that is I correct but it makes sense to me.
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Old 03-28-2013, 12:52 AM
 
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It's more common than you think, my senior year there was a teacher in my high school that was a senior when i was a freshman so it definitely happens. He was iffy his first year, too laid back and just trying to be the "cool" teacher, but by the time my brother had him 3 years later he was one of the more strict teachers.
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Old 03-28-2013, 01:28 AM
 
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I would guess that a teacher that young might have a harder time getting her students to respect her and mind what she says. It is kind of hard to imagine being 17 or 18 and having a teacher only a few years older than myself.
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Old 03-28-2013, 01:31 AM
 
Location: Finland
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If thats the normal age to have finished university/teacher training and start teaching then I don't see a problem with it but it does depend on the teacher and what classes they teach whether they can handle it themselves. We had a few young teachers fresh out of teacher training come teach my English class and it was a mistake, we broke them and they quit. On the other hand we also had some young teachers teaching P.E. and they did very well.
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Old 03-28-2013, 04:28 AM
 
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I ask because at my daughters high school there is a female English teacher who just turned 21 at the beginning of the school year. That seems kind of young to be a high school teacher, but I wondered what other people thought.
Age is for me irrelevant. As is sex, race, creed or body mass.

The only question important to me is whether the individual is qualified and capable to hold the post they have been assigned and are they doing their job correctly within the bounds of their contract and the expectations inherent in the post.

If yes - nothing else matters. If not - find someone who can.
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Old 03-28-2013, 05:31 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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Ithink most new teachers start in lower grades. Maybe that is I correct but it makes sense to me.
You can only teach what you are certified to teach. Unless it is a special subject like art or gym it is extremely rare for someone to be trained and certified to teach both at the elementary school level and at the high school level. depending on the University your license may only be for certain elementary grade levels such as K-4, K-5 and 1st grade or 4th to 6th grade. Generic "K-6" or "K-8th" licenses are getting a lot more rare.

If your teaching license is at the high school level you can not start out teaching 1st graders "to break into teaching". Just like if your teaching license is high school math you can not start out teaching HS chemistry or French (or something that you think is "easier" or more appropriate for a younger person) "to break into teaching".

You need to start out teaching in the level and subject of your education and training.
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Old 03-28-2013, 05:59 AM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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Ithink most new teachers start in lower grades. Maybe that is I correct but it makes sense to me.
Not here!
If you are certified in secondary ed, you cannot teach elementary - and vice versa.
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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That is too bad. I can see lots of problems arising from high school teachers who are barely or not at all more mature than their students and who are within a reasonable age range for dating them.
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:24 AM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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Yet those 'problems' you fear are not an issue in my area....
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:28 AM
 
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That is too bad. I can see lots of problems arising from high school teachers who are barely or not at all more mature than their students and who are within a reasonable age range for dating them.
This isn't anything that new.... so obviously, it's not a huge problem.
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