Would you do it again?

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  1. Go Blue!

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    No, I would not choose teaching again.

    The best thing about teaching for me is my salary and benefits considering I only work 200 days per year.
    And, this is only because I lucked out and got a job in a very well-paying district.
     
  2. waterfall

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    Ditto. I love teaching. I have thought about going back to school for something else, and truly can't imagine anything else that I really want to do. However, it absolutely terrifies me that I have 30+ years left and it only seems to be getting worse by the minute. I can't imagine anyone my age sticking it out for 35 years in public schools anymore. My little district is pretty protected from all the "crazies" right now, but I'm not kidding when I say surrounding districts are "falling" left and right- districts that used to be recognized as some of the best and highest performing in the country, absolutely crumbled in less than one year in some cases. I keep up with what's going on in these districts because I want to be aware of what's really happening out there.

    I am insanely jealous of those that got to "just teach" for all those years and are now retiring. Both of my parents are teachers who absolutely love the profession, and they have even been encouraging me to start looking at my options. My mom's latest "lecture" is that I need to improve my Spanish so I could become an interpreter if necessary. She says she literally can't picture anyone staying in education for an entire career anymore.
     
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    This. It gives me daytime nightmares to think about having to do this job for another 24 years just so I can get my full pension. The kids' behavior is crazy and only getting crazier (at least where I teach).
     
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    I would still choose education. I can't imagine doing anything other than teaching. Trust me, I've tried! I would, however, insist on majoring in English instead of Secondary Education.

    I do honestly wish I could go back and let my 18-year-old self know how HARD it is going to be. I was very naive coming out of college. I'm generally a pretty naive person. I listened to my dad tell me about his days working as a school safety officer. He talked about how it only took getting your foot in the door, etc. Once you landed your first job you could stay there the next 30 years! It was a different time.

    I also thought, because I was the first in my family to graduate and my grandfather so highly valued education, that graduating summa cum laude meant something. I thought that if I was the hardest working student, I would be the first one hired out of the gates. For all my academic accomplishments, nobody in the real-world seems to care much. I've learned over the last year, being an unemployed college grad, just how much of a millennial I am. I felt "entitled" because I equated graduating from college with automatically getting a teaching job. I mean, if I wanted to be a substitute or a paraprofessional I wouldn't have gone to school. I didn't think "teachers" actually filled those jobs.

    Boy, if I could go back and say: it's not going to be that easy. You might be the first in your family to graduate, but you're still going to have to start at the bottom (pay your dues, as my grandmother says) and work your way up. I don't think I would feel so discouraged now if the rose colored glasses had came off earlier.

    I hope that helps.:)
     
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    If I had to do it all again tomorrow just to keep doing what I'm doing I'd do it in a heartbeat. I absolutely love what I do.
     
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    All of this. I don't know how I'll make it another 24 years or so... I doubt I will. I'm so passionate about education, but I really don't think I have it in me.
     
  7. Darkhorse

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    There is not a week that goes by where I don't wish that I had chosen a different profession. If I could go back and talk to myself in college when I decided on education as a major I would do everything in my power to talk myself out of it. I even have a 5 year plan to get out of teaching forever. The pension is not a big enough carrot to keep me in for another 25 years.

    The direction schools are heading, the bureaucracy, the stupid tests and "data driven instruction" that force you to teach certain ways that are not in the students' best interests are all too much for me. Not to mention the salary where I am making less now than I did 4 years ago and almost qualifies me for government assistance.

    With that said I love my job. I had a great class, an amazing team and a fabulous admin this past year and I think it was the most I have ever enjoyed teaching. Teaching strikes a passion in me and I really enjoy working with kids. I will miss it when I get to the point that I can quit.
     
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    I wouldn't change my mind, but this is the ONLY profession I ever wanted! If you are wavering at all, then strongly consider your choices. This job is NOT easy, while it is fun (most of the time)...it's not what people THINK it is. Know the issues in education right now...like REALLY research them and ask yourself if you can accept those things. And lastly, you need to be highly adaptable and accepting of change because that's about the only thing in education that stays the same is the fact that it is constantly changing!
     
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    The state I am in no longer grants tenure. As we would say down south, "Ain't no way I'd go into a profession that would leave your job security up to the mercy of another person!":eek:

    I have loved my job and am so glad I did it. It is truly my passion, but it has changed drastically in the twenty one years I have been teaching.
     
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    It depends...

    Would I do it all over again, if I was to start out as a new teacher in 2014? No. In my province there are not really any jobs for new teachers, nor does it appear that will change any time soon. By this I don't mean there are very few jobs, but I mean there are quite literally NONE, as we're actually losing students faster than teachers are retiring. Every now and then a specialty teacher can get their foot in, but I don't have any desire to teach those.

    If I was sent back to the year 2008 (or even 2002 when I started my degree) and had to make a choice, I would do it again in a heartbeat.
     
  11. readingrules12

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    Yes, I would for sure become a teacher if I had to do it all again.

    What I would say to you is that most of the rewards you will get in teaching are the things that you will do that other teachers don't. Also to remember that other adults won't thank you for teaching outside the box.

    Teaching is great for the difference you make with children, but if you expect gratitude and everyone to love you...forget about it.
     
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    I don't need gratitude and love from everyone, but it would be nice if the powers-that-be would tone down their "everything would be peachy if those darn TEACHERS were better and if those darn TEACHERS would just stop demanding reasonable pay and the benefits that they agreed to when they signed their contracts!" talk.
     
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    My 18 year old self was largely influenced by my father and he felt that woman should either be secretaries, nurses or teachers. I chose teaching & haven't regretted it.

    What I do regret, to some degree, are the years I spent working in day care. I remind myself though, I did it while my kids were young & were in day care themselves. I was with them. So, in that respect those years were totally worth it.

    I will say that my interests have changed over the years & so has what I have taught. If I was younger I'd go back to school & become a school psychologist.
     
  14. Aussiegirl

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    Teaching is a second career for me and I went in (I thought) with my eyes open. I love what I do - I hate the constant testing, analyzing, etc. that others here have mentioned.

    In general, the kids are very different from those I had when I started 8 years ago. They are more needy, less able/willing to think on their own, feel more entitled, and have less respect for themselves and others. Not all kids are like this, but more and more are and it makes teaching more challenging.

    More parents complain about us "giving" their kids poor grades. I've taken to scanning instructions and the work their child did so they can see just exactly why their child earned what the did. So far, in each of these cases, the parents have backed down. More parents seem (in my area) to be in a haze - they don't know what their children do or ignore it (my son never lies). I'm amazed at how many parents ask us how they should handle their child! Politicians are also making the job that much harder. I don't want to sound jaded, but I am up front with my practicum students about what they are facing. I think teaching today takes a very different type of person than it did years ago. Dedication is and always has been a major part of the teaching personality. Being abused by parents/students/and the system is new. Facing utter disrespect by the community is new. The poor pay has always been there, but the utter disdain we face when we ask for better pay is new.

    I disagree with those that say we only work 200 days a year. Even if we never open a book, plan or do PD over the summer, how many hours a week do we put during those 200 days? I work year round - I just work on my own schedule during the summer.

    I say enter the profession at your own risk. Don't become comfortable. Have a plan B just in case... I have found it to be the hardest job I have ever loved.
     

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