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“Teaching is Damn Hard Work”:

Advice for Those Considering Education as a Career

Dr. Vincent Allecia is an Associate Professor at Eastern Washington University, and served as a secondary classroom teacher for 30 years before moving into higher education. Dr. Allecia spent 29 years as a secondary English, journalism, and social studies teacher in California and Oregon, with one year as a Fulbright Teacher Exchange participant teaching in the United Kingdom in 1994-1995. He has been married since 1981 and has two grown children. His wife, JoNel, is a health reporter with the Seattle Times. They reside in Redmond, Washington.

Contact Information: College of Arts, Letters & Education, EWU.

Voice: (509) 359-7024; valeccia@ewu.edu

Abstract

This article is addressed to undergraduates considering teaching as a career. After explaining what personal indicators students should have when deciding whether to enter a teacher-preparation program and examining the complexity of intentional classroom teaching, the author lists some suggestions potential teachers can adopt to prepare for future classroom practice. The author closes with some final thoughts about choosing education as a career.

Keywords: novice teachers; teaching profession, teacher preparation

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