Teaching Training Quick Update I

Thought it was time for a quick update regarding my path to teacher training.

Finding a School, or not…

So I have a list of 207 post primary schools in Dublin which I am contacting to find a placement for my first year teaching placement. Alas, so far, the news isn’t good. As it stands there are 47 schools which either I can not contact (no one picking up the phone) or are reviewing my CV. The rest have all their placements filled. So outlook is a bit grim, but no one said it was going to be easy!

Paper work!

As you can imagine, lots of paper work involved. Apart from my Teaching Council application, all of the paper work I can fill out is done and sent off. This includes Garda vetting and subject declaration form for UCD. When you apply for the PME via PAC.ie you include a Teaching Council Subject Declaration form, this includes all the modules you did for your degree to ensure that you are qualified to teach the subject you said you can! The UCD on declaration form is to allow the School of Education to assign you to lectures and a supervisor.

My Path to Becoming a Science Teacher – Preamble

One January night in 2014 as I was cycling home down the N11, a thought struck me. “In about a year and a half, I will be finished (hopefully) my PhD and will be looking for a job. But what job?” By the time I was home, secondary level teaching was on my mind.

This wasn’t the first time teaching crossed my mind. When I started my undergraduate degree in 2007 in UCD, it was my plan to do the H.Dip (aka teacher training) after I graduated but after my first year undergraduate I thought, lets take this further, which is when I decided to do a PhD. Three years later, and with BSc after my name I started my PhD in the Mc Gee Lab, in UCD. I had a plan, the same plan as many fresh faced PhDs. Become doctor, do post doc, write papers, become lecturer, be a scientist. I wanted to become a lecturer, a professor, an academic, working at the very edge of human knowledge and pushing it by creating new information.

But for reasons I will talk about in another post, it was not meant to be however. As much as I love lab work, a career in academia as it stands, is wholly unsuitable for me. So naturally I looked towards my original plan, teaching in a secondary school.

Over the next few years, I will be detailing my journey which will see me finish my life as a scientific researcher and start on the path towards becoming a science teacher in Ireland.