The TES online forums are a hotbed of debate. Here is just a taste of what users are saying this week. Join the discussion at: www.tes.co.ukstaffroom If you had your time again, would you become a teacher?
Wassernixe: No, I'd have become a pilot.
Lilyofthefield: It was handy when the kids were young, in my case a period of 10 years for them all to leave primary school. Yes, I probably would.
Robsteadman: Why not, it's a job, good pay, good hols? But I would only ever be part-time.
NannyOgg: Yes, but I would be more choosy about where I worked.
Mad_hatter: Yes, but not in Britain. Teaching overseas has been incredibly rewarding.
ruthiejay: Started 1972, loved it for first few years, had a career break in the 80s to raise three children. Then returned and hate it, hate it, hate it now.
Best advice you've ever been given
Packerguy: Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.
Mattiek: Speak softly and carry a big stick.
Red10: Don't put light bulbs in your back pocketIand don't stand up in a canoe.
Year1_teacher: Don't staple flat against the wall, hold the stapler at an angle.
Keyboard tapper: Don't eat anything bigger than your head.
Rise in GTC subs
Middlemarch: Don't forget they have to spend a fair bit on sending us all that crap in the post, including the GTC membership card that you need forIuh, dunno.
Witchfinder Specific: No professional has admiration or love for any regulatory professional bodies. Ask a CORGI-registered gas fitter.
Blazer: How can an organisation whose membership is so against it actually continue to exist?
EmmaLVB: How do you describe to a Year 9 class the health and safety risks involved in using compasses?
Madcat:Adapt the rule for pen and pencil use: "Pointy end down."
These comments are the personal opinions of individual contributors