The definition of a teacher as “a person who teaches, especially in a school” [Oxford Dictionaries] is only a basic representation of the many aspects of a teacher’s career and life.
Becoming employed is now a different process than in all but the recent past. The beginning period for teachers remains crucial both for them and their retention. Assessment of their progress and their professional development is continuous.
Many remain in the classroom, but there are other options within the system. Some specialise in areas such as the Library and leadership positions. Others travel to different parts of the world to experience new cultures and systems. Individuals often make their own way, while others use exchanges.
As with other professions, health is an important issue and there are particular areas of concern for teachers.
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