(Closed) HELP I need input on possible career change

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 16
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Wannabee

stefzbee: I’m sorry to hear that you are leaving teaching.  In my experience, it is about finding the right fit for both teacher and school.  This makes for a much more enjoyable career.  So, I hope you aren’t leaving before trying to switch schools/districts πŸ™‚  

Post # 18
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1910 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

Teacher’s Blueprint:  I have actually taught in more than one location and I just don’t like the politics involved in public education. Policy makers (many who never taught) keep coming up with changes and ideas that often are more strenuous for teachers and give less accountability for parents and students. I spend way too much time doing things other than teaching, things that I don’t feel increase the quality of instruction. The amount of time that I spend in “data meetings”, writing extremely specific (basically scripted) lesson plans for administration’s satisfaction, covering other teacher’s classes because there is a huge substitute shortage, not having duty free lunch (and lunch is only 20 minutes anyway), planning activities that are tiered/differentiated which take several hours per week to create (my own personal time because I barely get a planning period due to the meetings and teacher coverage I previously mentioned), contacting parents, coming in before school and staying late after school for parent conferences because of their work schedule/availability (and many times they don’t even show up, so that’s time I could have been spending with my husband), holding FREE before and after school tutorial sessions for my struggling students, teaching students with varied abilities (learning disabilities, behavior disorders, English language barriers, higher achievers that need to be accelerated, etc…), breaking up fights, trying to teach students who have no interest in education because they plan to drop out and do manual labor with their family as soon as they reach 16, and the list goes on. I’ve given over 10 years and frankly the stress and neglect of my own household is not worth it.

Post # 19
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2348 posts
Buzzing bee

HopefulCatlover:  What would the financial impact be of switching jobs? I imagine you would be taking a pretty large paycut. Could you still get by? I actually left a high paying job for a lower paying job that makes me very happy, but I ran the numbers on it first. We can still live and save money we just don’t save quite as much as we did before. Fiance and I do NOT regret my decision. It was so worth it. I don’t know much about teaching but would you need to get other certifications? Would that cost money? I’d just want to factor that in as well before making a decision. 

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 7 months ago by  swonderful.
Post # 20
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317 posts
Helper bee

I think it’s awesome when people make a career change like this. It shows passion and courage to go out and get what you really want despite what anyone else thinks about how your wasting your education or losing the big bucks. Keep pushinG to get what you want no matter what. Even if it doesn’t turn out like planned, at least you tried and you don’t have to play the “what if” game with yourself. I’d say do it!! Good luck!

Post # 22
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Busy bee

HopefulCatlover:  I have no idea why teaching is not prestigious. It’s important, it’s challenging, and it’s in high demand. It frustrates me that the teachers in my life don’t get as much recognition for what they do versus others because I really think they deserve it just as much if not more. I think you are brave for taking this step and that you should go with your heart. πŸ™‚

Post # 24
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533 posts
Busy bee

1. Teaching is fabulous, but the I think that the administrative and other duties are not. I know you have experience teaching classes and volunteering, but if you haven’t already, please check out this major aspect of teaching as well.

2. If you do decide to teach, have you considered combining your love of science and teaching and being a science teacher? If you think you might miss the prestige, what about a science professor?

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