I've wanted to be a math teacher for quite a while(and I know I would enjoy it very much). I am currently a math tutor(though it is one-on-one which I comfortable with), and lately I've been thinking about pursuing a certification in teaching. However, unlike tutoring, teaching comes with many more responsibilities and pressures. The thought of actually teaching makes me so anxious because I'll be dealing with not one person but 20-30 kids, but I know on the other hand I would love to do that. Anyone here a teacher?
I know Dr. Richard who made the SA CBT tapes was a teacher himself, so there might be some hope for me.
Here are a few of my fears:
-Dealing with the discipline portion of being a teacher: I am not assertive and can easily give in. I'm afraid of not being able to have the kids I'm teaching under control. (Planning on teaching 8-12 grade).
-Dealing with parents,phone calls, etc.
-Dealing with higher authority figures in the school, ie: Principal, vice principal, getting in trouble and not being able to deal with the criticism.
-Being evaluated on performance
-Talking with other teachers, the social interaction with them, their opinion of my work.
-Being assigned to supervise school dances or school activities
If any teachers here have faced their fears, I would love to hear your experiences on the fears I have listed.
I would also like to be a professor at a community college(requires only a master's degree), but I'm even more anxious around adults and delving into academia. So any professors welcome to post too.