Re: Is there anyone who likes their teaching job?
As with all things in life there are many sides to every
subject. Many of us that entered Education, have never
really worked in another field so have no other options. I student taught in the middle '70's but only was hired full-
time ten years ago. I was able to work part-time while my
kids were little and I enjoyed being an active mother. Life
in the classrooms have changed about 90% from what I was
trained to do. Children have also "changed"--lack of
respect, rules at home, problem homes, etc. Students that
were once in special classroom or schools, are now in the
regular classroom. Often these students make teaching very
difficult not only for the teacher but the other students
suffer in what they are able to learn.
I'm at the age where my peers are able to retire as they are
finding teaching no longer enjoyable and fun as it once
was. It seems as if it is "All work and no play" these days
and I'm afraid it is not only making our kids into "great"
test takers but to finish the saying "makes Jack very dull
boy". They are stressed each day to perform to achieve
goals set to help them do better.
On the other hand the new crop of teachers are being trained
in a different way focusing on the data results, state
standards, etc. They seem to have a lot of energy...I'm not
sure how long that will last in the long run.
In my ten years, I've held 4 different positions, 2 I've
really enjoyed, the other 2 are over worked--each should be
2 positions but budget is limited in education and some wear
many hats. I'll move on when it is time and I feel the next
opportunity is right but for now I like my Admin., staff and
most of the student (often more as individuals than as a
group). Some days are more rewarding than others and I can
only try my best and hope that my students know more than
when they came to me.
If you have the opportunity to try teaching, do it. That is
the only way you'll know if you like it or not. Try a
second position if the first doesn't work out before giving
up and returning to your current area. Good luck we need
teachers that really enjoy their teaching and their students.
On 5/03/08, Allison wrote:
> I am now going back to school (at night) to
> finally teach.
> The only messages I seem to be hearing from teachers, on
> this board and others is how much they hate their job.
> So, please someone tell me that they like their job. I am
> really getting discourage at all the whiners and really
> rude people on this (and other) boards.
> Please don't make any rude comments, just plain honest
> answers. If you are upset by my posting, I am sorry.