Post # 17
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
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
@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 # 20
Thank you for all the responses! I knew I could count on you bees to give comforting words. To answer some of your questions:
I’m a high school English teacher. I do not have a mentor but I do consider two other English teachers who work very closely with me as my mentors. They are amazing and I can go to them for anything. I do think there are a handful of students who would be sad to see me leave… but with technology readily available, I know I could keep in touch with them and “guide them through life” even if I wasn’t a teacher at their school anymore. I know I’m learning and that it is not going to be perfect. It is just that exact situation (what I felt like was an unfair observation) that makes me wonder if it is worth it. I feel like I work by tail off (like a teacher does) and yet I am being judged about my teaching by someone who hasn’t been a teacher in years and who is so far removed from the reality of a real classroom in this generation. Then there are the situations where I spend so much time planning a lesson only to be greeted by the same groans and whining that happen on a daily basis. I know I need to be positive. It’s just difficult sometimes. I do like what I do but what I said in a previous thread – I want to LOVE what I do. Right now, that’s just not the case because of many outside reasons beyond my control. So what now? I’m still fairly young, says the older adults around me. I can decide to do something else and still make a difference. I have so many options, especially without kids yet. There are just so many things to think about that I don’t know where to start. I have been applying to other school districts but nothing with that yet. My Fiance and I also just started renting a house that we love and so he really wants me to stick it out for at least another year before moving us again. Oh, the dilemmas…
Thanks again for the responses so far. I appreciate them so much! I will keep you guys posted…
Post # 21
@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
@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.