A typical day includes teaching, student support, collaboration with colleagues, yard duties, student behaviour management.
Working as a teacher in DECD is rewarding and fun, but also challenging.
If you you enjoy working with students aged 11 years and older then you should enjoy day to day teaching as most students are serious about their work and commitments. Challenging student however, can be VERY challenging and often the same can be said of indulging- and helicopter parents.
DECD is also in the midst (at the time of the writing of this review) of significant systemic changes that is going to demand much of staff, students and parents/carers and other stakeholders.
These changes will place much pressure and expectation on teachers, but those who embrace change and love challenges should succeed.
A down-side of working for DECD is how hard it is to become a permanent teacher. One has to start out as a TRT (Temporary Relief Teacher), then obtain contracts ranging from a few weeks up to a calendar year. One only stand a chance of permanency once you start to get contracts. I'm aware of other teachers who have been contract teacher for 10 years+ without ever getting to the interview stage of application processes, and I'm referring to good, highly skilled/experienced teacher.
To watch student grow and reach their goals.
Long hours, a 6 hour school day plus hours of after school meetings, PD's preparation and assessments.