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I just moved to a rural area, and it is absolutely booming. In fact so many people want to teach here that it's nearly impossible to get a job here. This dictrict pays well, has high test scores, and decent morale in comparison to some other districts. This district certainly has the latest and greatest technology, as they just received a grant where all students in grade 3 through 12 will receive a personal laptop.
I think that this area is much different from a typical rural area because it is on the Gulf Coast and has beaches and a lot of tourism. I think that has made a difference, but it is certainly an area where many people want to teach. I myself am hoping for a Homebound teaching position.
I think that rural areas have a kind of romantic mystique for many people. If you live in a small town, you might want to teach in a rural area so you can work where you live. If you live in the city, a small town might seem enticing. However rural schools have always struck me as kind of hard to get the foot in the door.
I chose to teach at a rural high school despite the many disadvantages. You have to be aware that the pay will generally be lower, and the level of resourses will often be below what you might expect out of college (older texts, lack of available computers, etc...). Also in contrast to an earlier post, I have found the "politics" in a rural school to be just as bad as the larger systems. However, you get to know all of the kids and their families. It is much easier to connect quickly with students when you are familiar with their backgrounds, interests, etc... The atmosphere in a small school is much more family oriented, at least in my experience. And last, but not least, for me it is a chance to live in the "country" which is a great place to bring up kids -- I'm within an hour of a city and within 3 hours of 2 more cities, so I do not lack the amenities.
I choose to teach at a small school. I attended a very large high school and felt as if I were simply a number. At the school I teach at there are only around 200 students. I can walk down the hall and recognize every face and know just about every name. Teaching in a small school allows me to feel safer by knowing immediately when something seems out of place.
There could be a number of reasons for this, and those reasons could vary from country to country. Here in the United States, I have done all of my teaching in rural schools. I enjoy it a lot because of the culture of those schools.
In rural schools, things are still less omplicated than they are in urban schools. In urban schools where friends and family members of mine teach, there are all sorts of rules and regulations. Teachers always have to worry a great deal about what they say and how they act. They are often also subjected to the orders of a large bureaucracy in their school district. They have little autonomy.
My experience in small schools has been very different. Teachers are much more free to do things the way they want to do them. They do not have to worry that someone is watching everything they say, just waiting to report them for saying the wrong thing. It seems like a much less stressful envrionment in which to teach.
Of course, there are problems with teaching at a rural school, but these are the major benefits that I have experienced.
Having had experience in both rural and urban settings, I have seen pros and cons to teaching in both. In rural schools, there are smaller, more intimate settings in which to teach in. Things are a little more slow-paced. There may be more freedom to teach the curriculum. However, often rural districts sometimes (not always) are a little "behind-the-times" when it comes to textbooks, technology, and current professional development.
In urban settings, there may be more diversity. There also may be more curricular resources provided. However, urban districts are so large that personnel feel the need to design a strict system for how and what teachers should teach. Teachers are also very much held accountable and "watched over."
and what is the goal of being a teacher? what are they looking for in this job?
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