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Old 08-26-2008, 09:07 PM
heyyou65 heyyou65 is offline
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Ok... so I HATE teaching, what ELSE can I do with this teaching degree?

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?

Old 08-26-2008, 09:18 PM
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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?
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Old 08-26-2008, 09:34 PM
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Originally Posted by heyyou65 View Post
I just graduated with my Masters
I guess you did it online or part-time, then, because:

I HATE working 12 hr days
.. 12 hour days are like happy vacation time compared to the amount of work I had to put in to get my MS!
Old 08-26-2008, 10:11 PM
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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!
Old 08-26-2008, 10:23 PM
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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.
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Old 08-26-2008, 10:26 PM
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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.
Old 08-27-2008, 05:06 AM
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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.
Old 08-27-2008, 05:31 AM
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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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Old 08-27-2008, 07:54 AM
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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?
Old 08-27-2008, 09:07 AM
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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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