Looking to get out (kind of). Any advice would be wonderful.

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  1. S Dubb

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    I'll try and keep this brief, because I could type on for a long time if I really wanted to.

    I have wanted to be a teacher since I was in elementary school. It's been the only thing I've ever wanted to do. For the first five years, I truly enjoyed my job. Within the past one or two, however, I have become disheartened with many aspects of where education is headed in this country. It's not the "five-year burnout," I can assure you. I won't go into detail here because, quite frankly, it's not the place for me to rant about my gripes, and I'm not looking to get into that discussion :). The bottom line is that I need to get out of the classroom for my own sanity. I'm just unhappy. Period.

    I'd really like to stay in education in some way, shape, or form, but I know I just can't do it in the classroom anymore. I really enjoy creating activities, games, and worksheets for my students, and many coworkers have told me how professional (in an elementary sense) my documents look.

    I think ideally I'd like to work for a textbook company making supplemental materials to go along with their texts. I was just wondering if anybody knows if jobs like this even exist, and if so, how one might go about getting their foot in that door?

    Thanks for reading.
     
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  3. readingrules12

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    What about giving Teacher Pay Teachers a try? You have low risk and you can see how marketable your items are. If it doesn't seem to working after a month or two, then you can always get something more 9 to 5.
     
  4. Mr. Radiohead

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    Look up the websites of education publishers-

    Mcgraw, Harcourt, Hughton Mifflin, Pearson, Scholastic, etc. They should all have job postings on their websites. You will probably have to be persistent in checking and willing to relocate depending on where you live.

    You could just start out looking for a county level job or even district level curriculum job.

    Good luck.
     
  5. Aliceacc

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    I've done lots of freelance education writing.. it's a great way to get your feet wet as you explore the option.

    A great place to start is http://educationwriting.blogspot.com/

    or

    www.shmoop.com

    or lots of the other education websites. Most of them have a 'write for us' link.

    You could also, in the meantime, work on self publishing a workbook-- I'm not sure exactly how that might work, but I bet an internet search would turn up something.
     
  6. Go Blue!

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    I got my Master's in Curriculum Development and I interned as a curriculum writer/director for a school district in Michigan. Part of this job included helping to choose new social studies curriculum (textbooks/workbooks) as well as choosing - and in some cases designing - supplemental resources. I also had to deal with budgets and aligning curriculum resources with the state test MI was giving at the time. I really enjoyed this and wish I had gone this route instead of classroom teaching.

    That being said, from what I saw in grad school (2007-2008), this is not a large market in regards to employees and it can be hard to get into. Also, most of these people simply write/edit textbooks so it depends on exactly what interests you. More importantly, these textbook companies are not the best paying which was the deal breaker for me.

    If you can get a job as a curriculum director/writer for a school district, you may have more responsibilities you will enjoy.
     
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    I was wondering if you have considered the curriculum director route, but I know jobs are scarce. We do not have one and the only way we would ever hire one was if he/she could be shared across multiple districts. While every teacher sees the need and importance of a curriculum director, the interest seems to stop there. :(
     
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    Would you consider something at the university level?? Perhaps in admissions?
     
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    Have you considered administration or counseling? I was getting burned out in the classroom as well and am now working as a diagnostician so I'm still in education, I do have interaction with students, but I'm not in the classroom all day/every day.
     
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    I've considered that. One problem though is that I'll find things on TPT that I like, and I'll recreate them to fit the exact needs of my students (and my own design needs). I have so many documents that I've tweaked from elsewhere even before TPT was a thing that I'm not sure what I have that's 100% mine and what I've altered. I wouldn't dream of putting anything on there that I've taken from someone else and modified. Pretty sure that's against the terms anyway.

    I did that a few years ago when I was just toying with the idea and didn't have much luck. No reason to not try it again though. Thanks.

    That's a very interesting idea. What "education websites" are you referring to? Textbook companies? Resource websites (like ReadWriteThink)?

    I've toyed with the idea of curriculum design, but I don't know if I'd need to go back to school for that. I have a master's degree in education. Not sure if that would be enough.

    My friend works in a district with two curriculum directors, and as far as I know they only work in that particular district. I'm not sure about the one that works in mine. I didn't ever consider that he would work in others, too.

    Not really my thing, no. Thanks for the idea though.

    I don't think I could handle the hours and stress of an administrator. Also, I'd have to go back to school for an administrator's license, and at this point in my life I'm not looking to go back. Thanks for the thought though.
     
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    May I ask, what you do as a diagnostician and how you become qualified for it? It sounds like something I would love to do.

    I went back to school to become a Reading Specialist. My dream job would be creating all of the cute & wonderful things I see on pinterest and selling them.
     
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    kpa~I evaluate students to see whether or not they qualify for special education services and re-evaluate students already receiving services to see whether or not they still qualify. Then coordinate the annual meetings for those students. I already had my master's so I just had to go back and get a diagnostician certification. I think though that Michigan this type of job is done by the LSSP?
     
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    I had to look up LSSP. We just call them the school psychologist. Usually the special ed director or somebody at the building level schedules the meeting.
     
  14. smalltowngal

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    The school psychologists here in TX mainly just deal with autism assessments.
     
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    Our school psychologists will evaluate for learning disabilities, cognitive impairments, emotional impairments and I don't know what all else.

    No interest in going back to school. Maybe if I was 20 years younger.
     
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    My friend used to teach. She now works in an old people's home as activities director and loves it - for the most part. Last month, an lady lost control of her bladder, and she found vomit on her bingo sheets too.
     

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