Teacher Bees and Former Teacher Bees…Need Some Advice, Please!

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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156 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@KatiePi:  Yes! I am in year 7 and I hit the wall every year – want to jump ship and dream of something new!

 

However, everytime I do – I look around and remember all jobs have their ups and downs. It is still early days in the classroom, so build the relationships and a lot of the issues will go away. Whenever I feel down,I  remind myself to also being joy into the room (a story, an activity or even experience) which will catch on in some capacity. Hold onto last year as each year has its expiry date and as you build your reputation, the relationships and the course – a lot of the pressure you are feeling will vanish.

 

(I am also an English teacher – if you need some activity ideas that will ease them in – PM me!)

 

Post # 5
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5839 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

@KatiePi:  I’m not the best person since I left teaching after 5 years (and teaching actually made me ill enough i had to take a year off). But I still loved it and wish I could go back to it, but it’s just too draining for an introvert like myself.

Here is my advice: to help you stay–talk to another senior teacher who has a good attitude. Does your school system have a new teacher buddy system. Sometimes a teacher from another school can give you great perspective. Also keep a look out for jobs at the “better” schools in your system. It sucks to leave the current school, but it would be worse if you get burnt out and leave the profession. 

Can you take short term disability to take care of your illness and get back on track?

If you want to leave- talk to the union to find out the rules for leaving in the middle of your contract. But dont leave until you have another job lined up…times are tough and a gap in your resume is bad. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m a second year teacher – high school history.

I think every teacher has moments where they’re like “Oh shit.  I can’t handle this!”  I had a moment like this last week.  But what I do, besides remember the positive (which is great advice I already see), is the following:

– Surround yourself with positive teachers.  Surrounding yourself with negative people results in a negative environment.

– Consider switching schools, not professions.  I work in a school where the students are respectful 99% of the time, the teachers love their jobs, and admin is present and helpful.  AND this is in a low-income 99% Latino community with very few resources.  The school you are at makes a world of difference!  

– Make a point to develop relationships with the students.  I tell the students a lot about myself and my personal life (just stuff about my dog, going out to dinner with my husband, my love of Disneyland, etc.) and they are more likely to open up.  If the community hasn’t been developed in your class, take the time out of content to do community builders–it’ll be worth the investment.

– Take care of yourself.  Do something for yourself to rejuvinate when you need it. 

– Sleep at least 8 hours a night.  I’m serious.  I sleep 7.5-8 hours every night, regardless if I’m done with my work or not.  My students will have a more alert, patient teacher the next day.  A perfectly planned lesson on 3 hours of sleep results in a crappy lesson in practice.

– Speak to teachers who have been teaching more than 5 years.

– Don’t give up on hobbies.  This will keep you going.

– Start a club at school.  I started a Women’s Group on my campus and it keeps me going every week.  The relationships I develop on that space take me SO FAR in the classroom!

– Recite this to yourself: “Every day may not be good, but there is good in every day.”

Best of luck.  I hope you stay in the teaching profession.  It’s SO HARD but SO worth it in the end.

Post # 9
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800 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Wait – did I really see a post from an English teacher who spells “a lot” as one word?? Please tell me it was a typo…Oh No! It happened twice in one post – not a typo!

I’m a former teacher who’s been out of the full-time classroom for a very long time. I taught for 10 years before leaving to be a stay at home mom. Even though I re-entered the working world as a Realtor and eventually became a franchise owner,  I always kept my license up and most recently subbed during winters when RE was slow.

I do believe it takes a few years to find your teaching groove. I taught (middle school) before mentoring was the norm and I wouldn’t have survived my first couple of years if it hadn’t been for experienced teachers who took me under their wings. That said, no job is worth being ill from the stress. If you can find a mentor or another friend on the staff, you might be able to work through it. It’s worth a strong shot since you’ve trained for this. You might also like another grade level.

If things don’t improve significantly, perhaps you need to investigate another path in life. Most of my friends who remained in teaching are completing their 30 years and retiring and one truth holds even for those who taught with a passion – there’snothing easy about the job. Good luck to you – you’ll figure it out 🙂

Post # 10
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156 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@lorie:  Ha! Typing on a small screen! I also have a spelling mistake – damn you touch screen – give me a pen!

 

Post # 11
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1157 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@KatiePi:  I started teaching Spanish in a high school to too-grown rude kids. It was tough. I felt like I was a pretend teacher. The second year was tough too but after you get your groove on teaching and you know exactly what you are doing (in regards to teaching) it gets better.

I researched classroom management techniques and it got easier. I made class rules along with punishments and rewards with the help of the students and it worked.

Right now, I am also teaching Computer to deaf kids as well and trust me, it is tough (I don’t even kno sign language). Currently, I feel like running but I know that once I am in the know-how things will get easier.

Challenges make you stronger! Stick it through and you would become an expert.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

@KatiePi:  I won’t get into too much detail but I honestly, honestly had taught at an awful place. I could not deal with a lot of it (sexual harassment, bruises down my arms from students, students pretending to run me over, etc.) and had next to no support (in fact in some circumstances the admin went against what should have been done with regards to students handing in plagarized assignments, cheating, and other academic wrongs). In the same district in another town another young teacher went on stress leave in her second year because of students pulling stunts like putting cologne in her water bottle so she would get sick and not be able to come in. I tried changing things up to try to get something to work, but it didn’t. Honestly: try to ride out the first month or so, get support from your colleagues and try different things. If you are absolutely down in the dumps to the point that it is affecting your mental health get out of there. No amount of money or job is worth your mental health or safety. I am personally teaching part time at a college and working full time in another industry now. I love my new career and would not change it for the world. You just need to figure out what is the right thing for you to do.

 

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