[MenTeach] E-News - July 2008

Bryan G. Nelson BGNelson at MenTeach.org
Tue Jul 22 06:49:45 CDT 2008


MenTeach E-News
July 2008

1) Teacher Shortage or Teacher Turnover?
2) Ex-soldiers to be hired early for teaching jobs
3) From software engineer to math teacher
4) A tough job market for men teachers?
5) Some did not find the cartoon funny. What do you think?
6) Teacher Shortage or Teacher Turnover
7) Looking at past postings - advice to male teachers
8) Finland: Incentives for Male Teacher Trainees?
9) Read about some of the interesting men and women who attended the 
Working Forum
10) Resources - Find out about resources and websites about men 
teaching.

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1) Teacher Shortage or Teacher Turnover?
MenTeach receives e-mails and comments from readers expressing their 
frustration about not being able to find a teacher job. This can 
definitely be a very frustrating experience. There are several issues 
that feed this seemingly contradictory problem - few men teachers and 
many schools saying they want more male teachers but men are not being 
hired. Go here to read the entire Editorial: 
http://www.menteach.org/node/757

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2) Ex-soldiers to be hired early for teaching jobs
The military sponsors a program called Troops to Teachers that began in 
1994, has placed 11,000 former troops in teaching positions nationwide. 
It promises career counseling and provides a database of job vacancies 
for soldiers who are retiring or separating from the service after at 
least six years, along with their spouses. Read more a story about some 
men who used the program successfully at: 
http://www.menteach.org/node/761

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3) From software engineer to math teacher
This is a three year old story or blog posting - but it's worth reading 
again if you are thinking of becoming a math teacher. A very helpful 
story to read for a new teacher: http://www.menteach.org/node/564

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4) A tough job market for men teachers?
Over in the MenTeach forums there have been some interesting 
discussions about the job market for teaching. Read some of the 
challenges some men face looking for a job teaching while others are 
able to find a job after attending school. Do you have any advice to 
give? http://www.menteach.org/node/480

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5) Some did not find the cartoon funny. What do you think?
Last month there was a cartoon by Tom Scott posted to MenTeach: 
http://www.menteach.org/node/719. Some responded that they found the 
cartoon "disturbing" others found it "offensive." What do you think?

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6) Teacher Shortage or Teacher Turnover
There have been many e-mails from teachers wondering if there really is 
a teacher shortage. MenTeach has written an editorial about what the 
research says about men not being to find a job teaching. Read the 
editorial and people's comments: http://www.menteach.org/node/757

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7) Looking at past postings - advice to male teachers
There have been some great postings in the past and occasionally 
MenTeach will review them and bring back some of the more interesting 
ones so as not to have them so buried in history that new visitors to 
the site might miss them. Read one of them from 2005: 
http://www.menteach.org/node/162

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8) Finland: Incentives for Male Teacher Trainees?
The Finnish government is considering legislation to provide incentives 
for men to be teachers. Currently women make up 84 percent and men just 
16 percent. Read the short newsbrief: http://www.menteach.org/node/765

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9) Read about some of the interesting men and women who attended the 
Working Forum
Many of the participants who attended the first Men in Early Childhood 
Education Working Forum posted their stories. Check out some of the men 
and women from all over the world doing this work:
http://www.worldforumfoundation.org/wf/projects/men_ece/stories.php

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10) Resources - Find out about resources and websites about men 
teaching.
There is scholarship, loan forgiveness, tuition free programs as well 
as instructions on how to get alternative teacher certification. Check 
out the Resources: 
http://www.menteach.org/resources/links_to_other_sites

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