(Closed) Rough day. I need some comforting words… Teacher bees, look here.

posted 9 years ago in Emotional
Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’m nearly a primary school teacher – in the last year of my degree. Both of my parents are teachers and they have left jobs where their philosophy on classroom management was totally incompatible with that of the school administration.

Like others have said, you went into the profession for a reason and if teaching as a whole is still what you enjoy, it’s just this job that is frustrating you, it might be worth looking elsewhere rather than considering a career change.

Post # 18
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I agree with those PP who say look at moving to another school. I’m a high school English teacher in my 12th year of teaching. I spent my first 4 years at a school where I loved the students and teachers, but hated the administration. There way of doing things (make up work policies, discipline, support for staff, etc) was just AWFUL. After 4 years, I switched to another high school in the district and could not be happier. I have great staff, great students, and an admin that matches with me.

If you still like teaching, just not your school’s admin, please try out another school for a year or two before fully leaving the profession.

Post # 19
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@alotlikelove:  My first year teaching was MISERABLE. I hated my supervisor, and I had a VERY difficult group of students (though I loved them… there were MANY with learning disabilities, behavior problems, etc). I changed schools and I was SO happy. I still feel as though it took me 3-4 years to be a really GOOD teacher, though. After that amount of time, I actually felt confident in my abilities, and I knew how to handle most situations. Actually, the only good thing that first AWFUL supervisor ever told me was “It takes at least 3 years to become a teacher.”

I think you should hang in there. Teaching is HARD and takes a lot of training/experience. You’re expected to be perfect on day one, and it just isn’t possible. It’ll get better though.

Post # 21
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@alotlikelove:  I would love to be able to tell you to listen to your mom, but I think she is wrong.  As a teacher, and as a child of two teachers, I can tell you that most people say it takes at least three years of teaching to really get it — and you’re always learning.  You do not become numb — you learn how to do your job better.

Stick with it if you love teaching…and vent often!  

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@alotlikelove:  I taught in the school system for 2 years.  First year I liked it ok enough – subbed most of the year.  I had a replacement position at the same school the second year and it was hell on earth.  Looking back now I have no idea how I managed to finish the year.  I used my sick days as mental health days and would cry every Saturday night because the weekend was half over.  I was miserable and that’s no way to live.

 

My advice is the same that one of the profs in my Education degree said – if you don’t like teaching get out in the first five years.  Get out while you’re still young and can do something else.  I still use my Education degree and am in charge of school programs at a local museum.  And I completely love it.  All the perks of the kids and none of the discipline crap.  I just get to teach them about history in a fun way.

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