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

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  1. heyyou65

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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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    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! ;)
     
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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!
     
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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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    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?
     
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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.
     
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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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    I'd give anything to be in your shoes. After subbing for three yerars and one year as an AIS Tecaher I still don't have a fulltime pozition. It will get better.
     
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    heyyou65 (& other who say they HATE teaching), let me ask you this. Was teaching ever your passion? Is this something you've been wanting to do for a LONG time or since you were a child?

    It isn't for me, yet I hold an MA in Special Ed & 2 teaching credentials. I knew I always wanted a career working w/ kids, but NOT teaching! I've now started school again to work towards being a speech-language pathologist because it's something that interested me since I graduated from HS & I think I'd enjoy that better.

    I was an RSP teacher for a year & wasn't rehired. It think you should at least give it a year, maybe 2 & see how you really feel. The 1st year wasn't particularly difficult for me in my opinion, but then again, my 1st yr was pretty unusual. Something uncommon happened at the beginning of the yr & at the end, I was on jury duty for the last 2 mos of school, which I was happy about!

    I personally don't want to teach sepcial ed & I never wanted to teach general ed.
     
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    I'm sorry you hate it so much. However, I agree with everyone else, I would stick it out for at least the year. Try to remember why you wanted to teach and remind yourself of that everyday. Try to find a positive everyday as well, even if it's just the smallest sign from one child.

    If, at the end of the year, you still hate it, maybe you could try working for a tutoring agency, at least until you decide what you really want to do.
     
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    I'm almost in your boat. For me.... well, I always knew that the days would be long and the paperwork stack would be never-ending. But the kids aren't behaving, and I find myself "getting meaner" and enjoying work less. I would really like to get into Early Intervention, but I'm not sure where to start. I know it would probably require more training, which is a shame since I have a master's. I don't mind going back to school, but I feel like it's time to start paying off my loans and would probably like to start a family in the next few years.

    Working with children has been my passion, but I've had trouble maintaining the students' attention throughout my experience. I don't know how to better explain it than that. Raising my voice has a very short-term effect. Lowering my voice doesn't do anything. Removing disruptive students isn't really an option because this is childcare and we're lucky to have enough staff to deal with our own students. I don't feel like I'm "letting" the students misbehave, but I could spend all my energy trying to correct the behavior, re-direct, be entertaining, etc. and then some other teacher looks at them cross-eyed and they sit straight up and closed their mouths. My boss keeps telling me that I'm perfect (literally- oh my) and that things will get better, but I've been with these kids for months. There's been some turmoil with not having a consistent coteacher, but I'm not willing to blame the issues on that. In fact, one of the people who's been filling in just got hired a week or two ago, and they're already more compliant to her requests than mine. Anyway, I applaud you for being honest. Good luck!
     
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    I have the exact same attitude towards teaching as you. I can't stand it. The teaching of the students is one thing, and I can handle that. However, all the other stuff in addition I can't stand. Administrators telling you how you should be doing things, school-wide behavior plans that don't work, parent calls, paper work, the endless days, and on and on. People keep on telling me the same platitudes, "it gets better", "the first year is the toughest". The things about the job, I hate aren't going anywhere. Maybe parts of the job would be different in other districts, I don't know.

    Thankfully, there are numerous other careers out there for people with education degrees. Look into state and federal government jobs. I have been looking at becoming a parole officer. The only requirement is a 4 year degree. You can work in Human Resources departments of private companies. There are numerous opportunities out there. As for how long you should stay at your school, I don't know. I'm new too and I wanted to quit this whole last week. I may try to make it till Christmas. But I don't know. I have decided to use checkpoints and fall break is the next one. But I do not plan on sticking around for the year.
     
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    I am sorry to hear that there are those out there who do not enjoy teaching since I absolutely love teaching which I did not think I would in my younger days. As I was reading, I was thinking about what people say about marriage; the first year is the hardest. Of course, there are some marriages that do not survive the first year and there are some teachers who do not make it through the first year. My 1st class was 2nd grade which I loved then I went to 1st grade which I hated at the beginning. One of my friends who taught 1st grade told me to give it 9 weeks. Well, I stuck it out and now I absolutely love 1st grade. I don't want to teach any other grade. Maybe it is the grade that you are teaching. I hope that you could stick it out for the rest of the year before making your final decision.
     
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    I like teaching, love my school, and love the kids. I think I have ADD though b/c after only 3 years I am ready for something different and am looking into the library field.
     
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    DO not judge the profession in just three weeks. Teaching is hard,but the more experience you have the more it improves. Let the people in your school help you.Think about the positive moments,the children you are helping and the good you do in this job.
    I cried almost every day,with my first class,which was fifth grade with a register of 25 boys and 3 girls. I wanted to quit every day.Thanks to the help I received from a fellow teacher,I managed to survive.I am now in my twentieth year at the same school and the memories I have make me glad I stuck it out. Teaching isn't for everyone,but give it a chance before you decide if it is for you.
     
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    EEEK- how did this post come around again? Heyyou65, the OP, has only posted ONCE ever on August 26(!)- either s/he quit and never came back to AtoZ or got a grip or is buried under that pile of papers that seems insurmountable about this time of year (I started a fire in my fireplace last week with a few...) I don't know about you, but I just don't get it when someone asks for help and then doesn't come back or respond to the good advice which has been given...:eek:
     
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    Teaching Stinks.

    Yeah, I'm right there with ya. All those of you who said it would be better by the end of the year, you're wrong. This whole first year has sucked. Too much paperwork for the reward that comes with this job. Too many nights of not enough sleep. Too much work during off-work hours. I want a job that I can leave work at work every night. What can I do with my education degree that fits in that category? Probably nothing interesting.
     
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    At three weeks, you really don't have enough experience to know whether or not it's for you.

    Think of newlyweds, ready to divorce after only 3 weeks. Wouldn't you (under normal circumstances) suggest that they hang in there a little longer?

    Starting with your own class in the fall will make a world of difference!

    Give it at least one full school year before you decide it's not for you.
     
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    I would have to agree with Alice. A classroom is different when you start at the beginning of the year and you have had the whole year to make your class your own.
     
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    I laugh reading this thread--Don't get me wrong-- I feel your frustration. I laugh because I too experienced a horrific situation very similar to your own. Let me give you some background-- I am a teacher who has been in the education field for 24 years, so I've been there. At one point in my career I made the biggest mistake of my life signing on with a new district as an ESL teacher. The problems seemed to occur from the moment I accepted this new position.

    1. On the way out of district office where I had just turned in my application, my car was rear ended.

    2. After having signed my contract to work at an elementary school, I was told by director of ESL programing that (since I am a male) I would be teaching at the Middle School Level!

    3. Once my schedule of classes was worked out by the central office, other ESL teachers (behind my back and without my knowledge) HAD REWORKED MY SCHEDULE (thus giving me the most horrid classes that THEY themselves did not wish to teach!)

    4. The first day of school was quite a pleasure (sarcastic!)
    Two girls from different gangs got into a fistfight-- thereby knocking off my glasses! The punches were flying in every direction, with blood splattered everywhere.

    5. Two days later, a get a knock on the door from Assistant Principal. One of the new math teachers next door was locked out of her room. Assistant Principal asked if I had seen her keys. (I had not!)

    That afternoon I am called into his office, and once again asked whether I had seen any keys. Again I said NO! Then he remarked: "Keep an eye on those kids of yours-- everyone knows Mexicans steal." (I was dumbfounded at this racist remark, and told him so!) So now, I was placed on an improvement plan to work on my pacing-- he was gunning for me, and I knew it!

    Here I was-- former "Teacher of the Year" at the district I had left, and now I'm teaching in a grade level I did not choose, in a hostile environment of both students and staff, with racist administrators, and on an improvement plan to boot! Can it get any worse???

    Of course it can, and it DOES-- Read on!

    The Office for Civil Rights had mandated this district hire 11.5 new ESL teachers. I was one of those teachers. Little benounced to me at the time I was hired, the district was placed on probation for not providing adequate services to ESL students. Therefore OCR was looking very carefully at the discriminatory practices (such as placing my ESL classroom in the back end of the campus, adjacent to the retarded students).

    Office for Civil Rights went back to district office and ordered my classroom moved to a more central, integrated location. Now, this was the clincher- since we were ordered to be moved to a more central location on campus, the administration spitefully ordered all ESL teachers to teach IN THE BACK OF THE CAFETERIA KITCHEN!!!

    I HAD HAD ENOUGH! THIS WAS THE PROVERBIAL LAST STRAW!

    I went back to the head of ESL (the lady who hired me) and explained my frustration. Thankfully, she listened. I was moved to an elementary school during Christmas break, and never returned to that nightmare middle school again!

    Eventually I returned to my old district, and kissed the ground when I walked through the front door!

    The lesson I have here is:
    Don't be hasty in throwing in the towel too soon!

    NOT ALL TEACHING SITUATIONS ARE THE SAME! You have to be a little selfish and think of a way to get into the situation that works for you without quitting!

    YOU'VE GOT TO FIND THE RIGHT GARDEN TO GROW IN!

    I hope this helps!

    Scott Connuck
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    Nogales USD
     
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    Scott- what a nightmare! And I agree with you. Not every teaching situation will be the same. You have to find your niche!
     
  36. Liljag

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    You know, just because something is hard the first year doesn't mean it stinks or sucks.


    You can do alot with an education degree (such as work in a museum or start a business..degrees don't limit you) or always go back and try something else (heck I started out with a degree in programming , went back to school, and now am two months away from my early education degree..call that a career change :) ). I think that the ones who succeed in teaching are the ones who stick it out, regardless. It isn't meant to be an easy profession..if it was everyone would do it. If you consistantly focus on paperwork/how much time it takes then you will never ever like your job. Even if you change jobs/careers, having this attitude towards work won't make your life better. I think the trick to teaching is focusing more on the actuall teaching bit rather than all the paperwork that comes with it. I like teaching because, even though I made more money with computers, I am affecting a person's outlook on the world and themselves through teaching..not just working on a silly computer who has no reactions/feelings/intelligence. It blows my mind everytime I think about it. I find also that my attitude towards people around me is different then when I worked a desk job (such as, I am nicer..more willing to explain things). I don't care about the paperwork..it is worth the job I think. But this is just my opinion.
     
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