Tuesday, March 26, 2013

S.T.A.R. Upcoming Event

Team Contest Night

Over the course of the Spring Semester, S.T.A.R. Coordinators have been creating new and exciting programs to introduce to our mentors and buddies. The next one of our upcoming events is one that we take great pride in because not only is it a fun social event, but something that we believe will be beneficial to all of the participants who join us for the night.

On Wednesday, April 10th from 5:30-7:30PM in Bent 277 S.T.A.R. will be hosting a Team Contest Night to test your knowledge of your craft as teachers. We will be playing rounds of Jeopardy focused on the things that as Education majors, everybody should know. 

Each Jeopardy board was created by a different S.T.A.R. Coordinator to focus on the key ideas and topics that we feel will help you to prepare for classes and even 
New York State Teaching Certification Exams 
that you may have coming up in the near future.

Not only will this be a night full of games and fun for all those who attend, but the winners of our night will receive prizes for their knowledge of both teaching and and content.

An email will be sent out by soestar12@gmail.com to remind you of this fantastic upcoming event. 

We hope to see you there.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Teacher's Pay Rates

Can a Teacher Actually Make Good Money?

When people choose careers there are a few key points that people focus in on. Generally these include safety, job security, vacation time, room for advancement, and salary. When discussing teaching as a profession it is commonly seen as a great job and is held in high standards with all of these factors except one: Salary. In today’s economy many college students are going into fields that have high salary rates. The preconceived notion that teachers do not make much money is hindering the field.
With just a little bit of research all of a student’s worries could be dismissed. While teachers never achieve the multi-millionaire status that some people in other fields may dream of, in New York City schools they start at a higher pay rate than the city average. According to the Department of Education:

“Starting teacher salaries range from $45,530 (bachelor’s degree, no prior teaching experience) to $74,796 (bachelor’s degree, master’s degree plus 30 credits, 7.5+ years teaching experience).  Teachers who have a master’s degree but no teaching experience will start at $51,425.”

“With annual increases plus increases for additional coursework, teachers’ salaries will rise to the current maximum of $100,049 per year over time.”
While this may not be the best salary around it is more than enough to allow somebody economic stability and should not prevent anybody with a passion for teaching from following their path. If it is what you want to do there is no reason not to go for it 100%

Is money one of your key worries with the teaching profession?
Does this information make you more comfortable with your choice in becoming a teacher?