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to still call myself a teacher if I only teach 1 day a week and do other stuff the rest of the week?

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Orlantina · 07/07/2017 21:23

Only in a class 1 day a week.
Tutoring in evenings
Non educational work as well during week.

I called myself a teacher today. Am I?
Do you stop being a teacher?

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Pengggwn · 07/07/2017 21:24

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requestingsunshine · 07/07/2017 21:28

Yes you should call yourself a teacher. Especially on your car insurance application as apparently you'll get a cheaper rate if that's your occupation Smile


MrsHathaway · 07/07/2017 21:31

You're still a teacher if you retire. It's a profession.

If you took up a new profession you would stop being a teacher but otherwise no.


Orlantina · 07/07/2017 21:31

I was in my other workplace and called myself a teacher.We were having a discussion about noise levels Grin

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kaitlinktm · 07/07/2017 21:34

I only teach one day too (well, two half days) and the rest of the week I'm retired - I never know what to put on my insurance application. If asked I still say I'm a teacher "but only part-time now".

The other day someone said "Oh, but of course you must do something on the other days surely?" Nope - just fannying around doing stuff for my 2 mornings and a shitload of admin so it seems


Orlantina · 07/07/2017 21:36

See - if I was going on a gameshow, how would I describe myself?

We all know how they love teachers Grin

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JennyOnAPlate · 07/07/2017 21:38

Yes of course you're a teacher. I've a friend who calls herself a teacher despite having been a sahm for twelve years...that's a bit questionable.


SomewhatIdiosyncratic · 07/07/2017 21:40

I'd like to think of my self as a "resting teacher". It works for actors anyway Wink


MooMooTheFirst · 07/07/2017 21:42

My insurance went UP when I changed my profession to teacher Angry


kaitlinktm · 08/07/2017 09:21

What were you before you changed to the dark side @MooMooTheFirst?


Orlantina · 08/07/2017 09:28

Must look at that - does being a teacher raise or lower car insurance!!!

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MooMooTheFirst · 09/07/2017 00:03

A receptionist!! It was the only thing I changed too, not address, not car, nothing. My insurance runs from April-April,
I got my first teaching job back in July 2012 and very excitedly rang the insurance people and very quickly wished I hadn't..


kaitlinktm · 09/07/2017 08:08

That does seem very odd - I wouldn't have thought teaching was more of a risk than being a receptionist. I wonder how they work it out.

I wondered if it would have been better to say I was retired, as I am drawing my teacher's pension, but then that might cause a difficulty if the car wasn't covered for travelling to "work". It's a guessing game!


Puppelove · 09/07/2017 08:37

Part time teacher maybe?


Eolian · 09/07/2017 08:43

Once a teacher always a teacher Grin. I know what you mean OP. I was a ft secondary school teacher until I had dc. These days I do a bit of private teaching, a bit of primary and am mostly a cover supervisor. Part of me feels a bit of a fraud for still calling myself a teacher because I don't feel like a 'proper' teacher any more (but am bloody glad I'm not one, in the current climate)!


kaitlinktm · 09/07/2017 12:39

That's what I did Puppelove - but when you think, I do one day teaching and four days retired (not including prep/marking/admin of course) so really I am more retired than teacher - but still, as Eolian says, once a teacher always a teacher.


Trills · 09/07/2017 12:45

If you're a teacher one day a week and a cleaner or a firefighter or a wedding planner 4 days a week, I can see why you might feel a but disingenuous describing yourself as "a teacher".

If the other job is one that does not use your skills, or that you are less proud of, I can see why you would prefer to call yourself a teacher. Especially if your aim is to do more teaching and less of the other thing.

If the other job is one that does not lend it self to "I am a X", it might simply be easier to SAY you are a teacher, because it's easier to put into a sentence. :)


kaitlinktm · 09/07/2017 19:58

TBF after some of the work I have marked this weekend, I'm amazed I have the cheek to call myself a teacher at all! :( Wink


MaisyPops · 09/07/2017 20:01

If teaching is your main profession and you are doing it part time (and a mix of things the rest of the week) then yes you are a teacher.

If you are working 4 days a week in another job then whilst you are still a teacher, I wouldn't introduce yourself as a teacher.


QueenofLouisiana · 09/07/2017 20:37

When I was only working 1 day a week I described myself as a teacher. I was a sahm the other 6 days.

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