Ok... so I HATE teaching, what ELSE can I do with this teaching degree?

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  1. heyyou65

    heyyou65 New Member

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    I just graduated with my Masters with no teaching experience and started my first teaching job 3 weeks ago. So far this first year is turning out to be AWFUL! I HATE working 12 hr days, never-ending work and never being caught up, bringing work home and feeling like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. I am so discouraged and I am really having doubts if I can keep this pace up. The other teachers are somewhat helpful, and tell me that it will get better, but I do not feel like that.

    I am seriously considering quitting and wondering what other people have done for a career utilizing their education.

    Any advise?
     
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  3. MissFrizzle

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    It does get easier- belive it or not. My advice is to give it a good year and see if you enjoy it. You will be the only person to honestly answer that, and there is nothing wrong with feeling like you are on the wrong path.

    You can work for non profit agencies, but the pay is lower. Do you have any interest in special education?
     
  4. Electron

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    I guess you did it online or part-time, then, because:

    .. 12 hour days are like happy vacation time compared to the amount of work I had to put in to get my MS! ;)
     
  5. basswife

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    I had a horrible first year (2006-07). I wasn't rehired, but was able to get a job in a different district at a different grade level. It went MUCH better and I was rehired. I am one of those that thought, "I'm going to be one of the 50% who leaves the teaching field within 5 yrs." I honestly felt like I had Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome this past year (because of the past Principal). I can say that with time and experience it has gotten better.
    I thought about becoming a Child Life Specialist, but that would also entail me to observe under another CLS in a situation similiar to student teaching. I don't have the time to devote to that at the moment. A lady I know works for the state doing early intervention work. She works 2 days a week, travels, and still makes better money than she did teaching. Those might be some options for you.

    Good luck and hang in there!
     
  6. mmswm

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    Hang in there. Teaching is HARD (though I don't think I need to tell you that). You will settle into a routine after a while and it will get easier. Next year will be even better, if you stick with it, since you'll already have lesson plans worked out, have worked out some of the kinks in your behavior management plans, figured out an organizational system that works for you and learned to deal with the mountain of paperwork you have piling up.

    Many first year teachers feel exactly how you do right now. Give yourself some time to adjust. An analogy I gave on another thread is this: A first year teacher is a lot like a new, first time mother. Everything's new and all the books you read while you were pregnant did very little to clue you in to the actual demands of a newborn. They baby doesn't sleep much and isn't on any kind of real schedule and you begin to wonder if it's possible to stay up for three months straight. After a few months, something happens. You figure out this motherhood gig and find a schedule that works for you (baby, housekeeping, cooking, job, ect.). The first year of teaching is a lot like that. Your degree work prepared you to an extent, but the reality is MUCH harder than the books let on. You're exausted, the kids aren't behaving, and you can't seem to dig your way out of all that paper. Soon enough, you start to figure out a plan that works for YOU. The kids behave better, that pile of paper gets a lot smaller, and you're tired, but not exausted.

    Another thing to consider is that every grade level is different. Sometimes moving grade levels, even if it's just one grade, makes an enormous difference in your satisfaction level.

    If you give it an honest effort and you still feel this way at the end of the year (or even in Feb.) then by all means look for another job.
     
  7. RainStorm

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    Three weeks isn't really enough time to make a decision. Give it a chance. After you settle in, you may find that you like it more than you thought.
     
  8. allisonbeth

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    I remember reading a study re. fist year teachers (it was focused on how mentors could help their new teacher). It talked about how, from the start of school until Thanksgiving break the new teacher tends to be overwhelmed and may feel like a failure and plan to quit. From Thanksgiving to Christmas many feel like they should hold out until the end of the year before quitting but they are still not convinced they could ever be an effective teacher. After Christmas the majority feel like things get better and they have the ability to be a good teacher.
    Keep your chin up...many of us have felt like quitting in thoe first few months.
     
  9. BioAngel

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    You could always try going into the business of designing textbooks, supplies for schools, etc. Tutoring may also be a good idea for you--- perhaps you'd prefer a different kind of challenge working with kids one-on-one.

    I'm a new teacher too and I think it takes alot longer than 3 weeks to decide if you can make it or not. As new teachers we have SOOOO much to learn--- it'll take awhile before we actually get the hang of our schedules, students, and faculty.

    I'd say honestly give it one school year and then decide. No the workload won't go down--- unless you don't have in place at this time some kind of management system to use, you'll still have to put in a good deal of work, and bring work home. But you're also in an amazing profession and I'm sure there are alot of educators who would have loved to get your position.
     
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    I agree with the others who have said that three weeks isn't enough time to really evaluate teaching. Give it until the end of the year if you can.

    Did you not have any student teaching or practicum experience?
     
  11. LMath85

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    The first year is always the hardest. My friend told me she cried almost everyday her first year because she was so overwhelmed... she was tired and almost left a few times ; however she stuck it out and 33 yrs later she just retired. She said her teaching days were the best days of her life.

    I wouldn't turn in the towel after only 3 weeks.
     
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    My first day of teaching ever....after dealing with an angelic-faced she-devil of an eighth grader... I walked into the principal's office, sat down, and said, "I've made the biggest mistake of my life. I quit."

    He said, "Whoa, whoa, whoa...let's talk this over!"

    The joke for the next three years (before I moved on to my next district) was..."Well, McKenna, you are doing better than your first day."

    Relax...it DOES get better.

    After this year, if you still don't like it...perhaps a textbook company. Reps, curriculum testers and researchers, or workshop leaders (where you deal with teachers only).
     
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    The 2nd year is so much better than the first (think most of your curriculum is planned!), the 3rd better than the 2nd and so on. I'd say give it some time. The planning gets so much easier. If you actually enjoy the TEACHING then you should stay:hugs:
     
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    I felt the same way my first year. I accepted a position as a resource teacher my first year in a very small district. I was not certified special ed. and the director knew this. She provided me no support and the teachers were awful to me. Within the first nine weeks I was ready to quit. My principal got wind of this and called me into her office. We discussed the problems and she provided me with a mentor that could actually help me and said that if I stayed she would give me a regular classroom the next year. I made it through. And with the help of the mentor it go better. So just keep trying. The first year is always hard. Education classes do not properly prepare you for what you will experience in a classroom. Seek the help of other more experienced teachers. They can help and know exactly how you feel.
    Good Luck:)
     
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    Well I can't really say much because I haven't even had my first year of teaching...I'm trying to get there! But I can definitely say you should wait longer until you make your final decision, if not waiting out the whole first year...at least give it a few months. Good luck with it. :)
     
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    3weeks is a very short amount of time. You should finish the year out and then decide on what you would like to do. It will get better. By you not having any experience also affects you. But, just hang in there. It takes some getting used to.
     
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    Last year was my first year teaching and when we came back from Christmas break, I posted on here that I hated my job. Many wise individuals advised me to stick it out until the end of the year and then make a decison.
    I took their advice and stayed. I did try to get hired at a different district over the summer, thinking that perhaps that was the problem, but had no luck. So, I'm back at the school I hated last year and hate it even more this year. I have no idea if it's the job I hate or the district. So, three weeks or two years how do know?
     
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    I Hate Teaching too!

    This has to be the worst job in the whole world. I have been teaching for 8 years. I hate the kids. Rude, defiant, disrespectful, pigs...you name it and we have it at our school. Dumb students =
    dumb parents. I love my content but I dread everyday I have to wake up and go to school. I dream of finding something I would be happy doing. I can't leave...I am a single mom supporting two kids with no other support. Dead end job. Our district is the worst, no supplies, no money, no support. The only reason I got into teaching is the judge looked at me and said get a job and here I am.... miserable. I feel for any first year teacher...my first day on the job a kid smashed another kid and blood was everywhere....great parents great kids. I say fine the parents for every kid that gets out of line. Make the parents pay for their crappy kids that they think we can help. OMG!
     
  19. tgpii

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    Give it some time. If that don't work try other jobs, like DCFS, children's publishers, children's shows ect. My first teaching job was at a private daycare and I was the only male on staff.
     
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    Been there, felt the same exact way...It gets better, but it does take time!
    So I agree with the advice given to you: wait until the end of the school year! Teaching is the kind of job that demands a lot from you in the beginning, but as you organize your time better and gain experience working with kids, it becomes easier.
     
  21. timsterino

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    You can tell me where you work because I need a job. :) j/k

    If you can not make it through the year, which I hope you can, I think the best bet would be for you to go back to school and study something else.

    You need to give your kids a chance to settle into having you as their teacher. It takes time and the kids can sense you are new. Just have some patience and I am sure it will get better.
     
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