Have ypu ever *seriously* considered quitting teaching?

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  1. Pisces_Fish

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    Like most of us, I've had more than a handful of days where I thought my job choice was a mistake, and I wondered just what on earth I got myself into.

    I've had students with behaviors that had me crying in the bathroom on my planning...parents who made me red with rage...piles of grading that made me sick...meetings I thought would never end...deadlines looming much too close...admins who forgot what it's like to be in the classroom...a room full of kids with blank stares...

    But not once, not even for a moment, has it ever crossed my mind to quit. I love that our jobs are never boring (who has time?), we have such an opportunity to make a difference, kids who love us, and a job that matters and is meaningful...even when my electricity gets shut off because I'm so broke :lol:

    Who knows what the future holds, I may end up a statistic. But at the end of the day I can't imagine quitting, at least not for now.

    What about you?
     
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    No! And I've already cried once this week. :haha:
     
  4. Muttling

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    Nope. I remember what the business side of the engineering world was like and my worst day of teaching is like an average day of project management in environmental cleanup.


    If they'd just let me do the technical side of the business and not the business side, I would have never left it but you have to take the good with the bad and that bad was a LOT worse than the bad sides of teaching.
     
  5. Aliceacc

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    NOt ever.

    eta: a disclaimer: I did take 5 years off to raise my kids. I would have taken longer had we been able to afford it-- it would have been nice to be home until Kira was in Kindergarten.

    But I didn't leave because of teaching; I left because I needed to be home. I always knew that the career I would return to would be teaching. And I was fortunate enough to be able to return to the school I left in 2000.
     
  6. silverspoon65

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    Yes. A lot more recently, too.
     
  7. Securis

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    Teaching, no. Never for a minute. Higher powers have me on course. Now, formal educational settings, yes.
     
  8. Proud2BATeacher

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    Teaching...no. Teaching at my school...yes.
     
  9. silverspoon65

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    Yeah, maybe that is more what I wanted to say.
     
  10. MrsC

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    This.

    I've considered leaving my school during the last week, but don't really think I could.
     
  11. Em_Catz

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    yes. in five years i considered it twice -- there was October of my first year teaching it took everything in me not to just turn off the overhead and walk out the building and resign by calling the P on my cellphone.

    i had only had three months of training so i had no idea how to manage kids. i remember i was teaching math and i look out into the kids and they were all talking, playing, drawing pictures, napping and whatever. I shut my eyes and I honestly wanted to start crying I was so frustrated.

    the second time was when we lost our P and got an entirely new administration. the new P got rid of 50% of the staff and brought in his own people who treated us that were left over very badly.

    the new P also used to talk down to the teachers like we were children and he would let his people get away with murder and us original people were always being scrunitinized.

    he also let the VP run things and she was the type of woman who liked to pit people against each other and be the queen bee. she loved to gossip with teachers about other teachers.

    if i hadn't been able to transfer i would have quit.
     
  12. TamiJ

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    I have never thought about quitting. I really love it.
     
  13. czacza

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    One word: No.
     
  14. ku_alum

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    In 6 years, I have left my job one time saying, "I hate my job," but that was more of a pity-me moment. By the time I got home, I was fine, and resolved to make tomorrow better.

    It has NEVER occurred to me to quit.
     
  15. Miss84

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    Same with me.
     
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    Not seriously, but like all, I've had moments of "what am I doing here?" My biggest struggle is catching myself taking it personally when students don't seem to even care. For example, I'll be grading papers and it "feels" like the class has done very poorly. When done, and I find that the class average is not actually all that bad. I realize that I allowed myself to focus too much on the poor performers and let their low grades/effort generalize that of the whole class. This is something I struggle with in all kinds of situations.
     
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    No. I love it, I love my kids. Not that there haven't been "I'm going to strangle you all" moments, but still.
     
  18. TeacherApr

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    yes and no to this. I know if I continue teaching down here, I will hate teaching altogether so, I need to get out.....as in yesterday so I won't hate teaching.

    I've been seriously considering other options as far as working goes though also.
     
  19. Mrs. R.

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    There have been two years where I researched options of things I could do other than teach. Both times were related to the administration of my district and not my work with the kids. This year I am considering it again. My stress level is higher than it has ever been and I am mom-of-a-new-born-baby tired. I sometimes wonder if all of the stress is worth it. Then I walk into my classroom and start talking with my amazing kids and I realize that I'm meant to be a teacher and wouldn't be happy doing anything else.
     
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    My student teaching experience was horrible. I (now, looking back) believe that there must have been something going on in my CT's life that I didn't know about. But, the worse she treated me, the worse I taught, and I was trapped in a terrible situation. She tried to fail me at the end of the semester. Thankfully, you can't just tell the university that a ST should fail if you never brought up concerns in the first place.

    After a semester of driving to and from school in tears every single day, I was looking for jobs in early intervention instead of schools. I thought that without a recommendation from my CT, I didn't have a shot at a teaching job, and had begun to believe that maybe I really was a bad teacher.

    Thankfully, a wonderful team at a wonderful school took a chance on me, and I know that I am absolutely in the right place doing the right thing!
     
  21. Ms. I

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    I'll be honest. I've always wanted a career working w/ kids (pediatrician, child psychologist), but I never actually wanted to be a teacher, yet I got into the field. But I've started to switch gears to SLP, which can also work w/ kids depending on the work setting.

    I MUCH prefer working w/ kids on a one-on-one basis rather than a whole class of 30. That's why I was a resource specialist briefly (which is a small group method).
     
  22. Momma C

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    Nope--never thought of quitting. I would be telling a fib if I said I had not gotten discouraged at times, but that happens in all you do (it's called LIFE). I enjoy my school, students, administration, co-workers, etc. Now if the little elves would just come in while I'm at school and clean my house!!
     
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    Ditto!!! :thumb:
     
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    I've considered it seriously twice, because of the sheer frustration of trying to deal with the administration and some really nasty co-workers. But when I got back into the classroom, and closed my door and had the opportunity to work with the kids, I thanked my lucky stars that I am a teacher...
     
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    Hmm, tough question. I do not want to quit, I like where I am, and I'm happy with my assignment. BUT, I cannot see myself in this position until I retire.

    The thing that bugs me about teaching the most is there is really no room for advancement. A third grade teacher is not higher up than a second grade teacher. High school is not advanced above elementary. I feel like I need to be able to have levels to work up to. Administration is not very appealing to me at the moment, so that really leaves not many choices.

    But, having said all that, I don't really know what else I would do. Especially here. And, I'm not ashamed to admit, I like not having to work weekends, or holidays, or as much in the summer. This fact alone is what keeps me from looking around for greener pastures.

    And, I don't think it makes you a bad teacher to admit this either. Yep, there are some of us who knew from birth that teaching was the end-all be-all, and others who evolved into a career, and who may evolve out. Just because I have other goals for my life doesn't mean I don't give 110% to the job I have now.

    ETA: I work in a very small school, one teacher per grade level, so we don't have "leads" or "department chairs" or what-have-you. I am my own "department chair".
     
  26. stephenpe

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    25 years ago I quit for about 2 months. Then I went back to subbing in another county. I quickly realized it was my calling.
    Then I saw the movie Teachers with Nicke Nolte. I knew for sure
    it was my destiny. Never looked back. Best job in the world.
    The reason I originally quit was becaue I lost my mind some.
    Just turned 30, we had our first child and I had changed schools.
     
  27. catnfiddle

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    I was genetically engineered to teach. The closest I got to quitting was when I dropped out of the education department at my college, but I completed my certification at another school when I was mature enough to do it. I'm hoping to stay at the school where I currently am until I retire, but I may work toward taking more of a leadership role in middle administration.
     
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    Yep, I know exactly what you mean. I'm good at my job. I have great relationships with my kids. I know my curriculum upside down and backwards. I have rapport with my administrators-ok, most of the time ;)-and I like all that.

    But I enjoy - and crave, I suppose - the ability to change. I am both awed and horrified by teachers who have been teaching in the same classroom for 30+ years. Well, maybe horrified is a bit harsh, but something like that. I just can't see myself doing that. But plenty of people are perfectly comfortable with that.

    I just know I'll need something else in my life before I'm ready to be done working.

    But I'm still a darn good teacher, right now.
     
  29. Brendan

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    Only a few times, when I felt that the kids weren't the priority of our current administration or of my department. However, we have a new principal now who is there for the teachers and knows what needs to be done. He expects dedication and accepts nothing less.
     
  30. TeacherApr

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    That is how I feel too....
     
  31. MrsC

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    This is my current struggle.

    I certainly couldn't see myself doing the same thing day in and day out for 30 (or even 3) years. I've taught a vareity of grade levels and my move to Special Ed a few years ago certainly shook things up. I've thought about pursuing a Curriculum Consultant role, but that's probably not for me--I thrive on my relationship with my students and would miss that connection too much to not be tied to a school.
     
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    I thought the same thing 6 and a half years ago when I made the move to Department Chair of the Social Studies Department for my district (MS/HS mostly, however I do help out the Elementary School teachers with their curriculum planning in Social Studies). I still serve in that capacity now in addition to being the Assistant Principal for Academics and Teaching. I love designing new curriculum working with teachers, mentoring new teachers, but I am and always will be at heart a TEACHER, and I love the 150 minutes I spend each day teaching Western Civilization I and and AP Euro.
     
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    Brendan, if I could do that type of role and still be doing some teaching, it would be perfect for me. Unfortunately, in my board, the curriculum consultants are all centralized in offices and their role is primarily training for teachers. Some may have no contact with students what-so-ever. That definitely isn't for me.
     
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    No. I've wanted to leave schools before and have thought about moving into community college. Especially now. I'm moving to another district which I've heard is fantastic. And it's just in the nick of time. My current district is getting harder and harder to be a part of...especially when the decisions they make has a direct negative impact on students.
     
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    Yes, and I did in fact turn in my letter of resignation. My first teaching assignment was in a tough urban school, and I took over for a teacher who had been shot in a drug cross fire. I was the fifth teacher to take over in that room, and was just out of college.

    The director of human resources sent me a letter stating that she would not accept my letter of resignation. She insisted that I try using the district's available resources first: seek help from the principal, get in touch with the counselors provided specifically for teachers, get involved in the mentor program (which was in place at that time but which had not been offered to me).

    At first I was resistant to these suggestions. How dare this person who did not know me tell me that she was not accepting my resignation, and that I needed to do these other things first before she would consider it!

    Then I gave it some thought, and realized that I had been too hasty. The fact that this human resources director actually cared about me as a person really impressed me. At that point, I had been out of the classroom for a month, and had a little better perspective.

    I decided to give it another try, and thanks to this kind, insightful soul who was in charge of human resources, I came back to teaching with a new attitude.

    It turned out to be the best thing I ever did, career-wise. I understand now that I am exactly where I am supposed to be, and best of all, I enjoy my job every day.
     
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    I am in my third year of teaching, and just this year I began questioning if this was the placement for me. I am having a lot of difficulty determining why I am having these thoughts and feelings. I can't tell if I would have had them this year anyways, or if it is just a particular child that is making me feel out of control in my own classroom.
     
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    Knowing what I know now I may have gone for the nursing route after 20 years teaching for a better salary and benefits. And two retirements. When my niece started at the same salary that took me 18 years and a masters degree to reach with her two year nursing degree I suddenly realized that maybe I could enjoy working with people in that capacity.
     
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    I've pursued many interests in my life: I've traveled, raised two awesome kids, worked in business: sales, advertising, customer service, got my graduate degree, taught a variety of grades PreK-3, designed and taught a grad class, tutor... I take art classes, paint, decorate, garden, hike, cook, read, exercise. I have a great family, an awesome marriage, and good friends. I have a fulfilling work and personal life.

    I've worked as a professional educator in quite a few settings. Several were challenging and like ALL jobs, came with their frustrations as well as their joys. Every job along the way has been a learning experience...not once did I consider leaving this profession- it's my passion. I fulfilled my contract in every teaching job I've held...even the ones in which by December I knew I would be pursuing other positions for the next school year- I stayed and 'hit it out of the ballpark' every day of my contract....I've cried, laughed, made mistakes in this profession but I have also experienced professional highs, enjoyed true collaboration with other professionals, have challenged and changed and reinforced my ways of thinking about what is meaningful in classrooms (and life).

    Could I do other things? Of course. I'm highly educated, very intelligent and quite marketable (in quite a few fields). Could I make more money elsewhere? You betcha. Can I imagine some other job that I would LOVE going to more every day (I don't even call it 'going to work', I call it 'going to school')? No.... The day that I'm no longer passionate, reflective and making a difference for my 'kids' (that's another thing- they are my 'kids', not just students), when it's not fulfilling for me or the kids...that's the day I need to be done. If you are there, please consider pursuing other options. Students deserve more.

    Sad that you are in this place. Not too long ago you envisioned this position as the 'right fit' for you...You talked of pursung your grad degree and of bringing your future children to work with you...you saw this school as a 'family'...don't let a few bad months burn you out...find joy in every day-in whatever it is that you choose to do....it's just sad when what was a passion becomes what feels like a 'trap'...hope things get better for you.:angel:
     
  39. DrivingPigeon

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    Nope!

    Last year there were a few days where I wondered if I would teach until retirement, or if I would eventually choose a different (but probably related) career path.

    I can honestly say I'm VERY happy with my job. I feel like teaching is a perfect fit for me. When I'm not at work, I wish I was, which I think is weird and rare.
     
  40. Mr D

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    I have never seriously considered leaving teaching forever, but after resigning from a position in which I had less than an ideal experience with administration, I wasn't sure I even wanted to teach the following year. However, I did find a position in a different school (and district) and had a better year.

    While I do plan on pursuing teaching certification and positions in other areas, I can't imagine not teaching in some capacity.
     
  41. Starista

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    Tricky question!

    Would I ever quit mid-year: No. However, if I had some health issue, etc. that prevented me from giving 100% to my students than I'd like take medical leave. It's not a "never say never" answer for me. :) .

    Have I ever considered a different career path: Yes, but always related to education. In college I gave tours of a Navy Yard and my favorite groups were the children summer camp groups.

    Would I like to be able to take the next 5 or so years off to stay home with my son: Yes.

    :hugs:
     

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