I'm going to list the againsts, mostly, because they're the bits that really have an impact.
* no brain space for anything OTHER than school. Seriously. I can't go into a shop these days without wondering whether every single item I look at can be
- used at school
- worn at school
- help me recover from school
* exhaustion. Teaching is EXHAUSTING. Either because you have to cram an entire curriculum into the 25+ little humans in front of you, or (if you're me) you're seeing nearly 300 personalities a day (specialist). Add on top of that
- behavioural issues
- age group issues (young = enthusiastically in love with you, older = pre-teen attitude). If you don't fancy coming home emotionally shattered every day, I wouldn't recommend it. You do get the lovely moments, but not nearly enough!
* time. Teaching takes up SO MUCH time, out of school. Until you've experienced it, you don't really understand. Even if you're working PT, you might still end up spending FT hours at the school to assist with all the assessment that needs to get done in terms of reading levels etc.
* support. Sometimes, if you're very lucky, you'll get an administrative team who support you. More often, you won't. Add to that the usual workplace dramas of staff you don't get along with, and it can be really hard, and isolating if you're in a school that doesn't suit. Also, if you're looking at PT, you're going to be job sharing. If you get stuck with a rubbish communicator, it's going to be hell on toast. It can sometimes (but not always) compound behavioural issues if you've got radically different teaching styles.
The positives to teaching are usually emotive. The negatives are usually matters of practicality and everyday realities.
In the end, if you want to find out if you'll find teaching emotionally fulfilling, then go for it. I assume you're doing a Graduate diploma? You'll get thrown into a prac pretty early, you won't have spent too much before finding out.
ETA: Job prospects. Relying on HR is sucky, May be even harder given your wish to work PT. If you're not okay with relying on relief work for a fair while, you might want to reconsider.
This post has been edited by NapCat: 21/11/2012, 12:47 PM