Re: Advice on Quitting

    Holy cow! I just finished my 16th successful and successively
    miserable year teaching, and finally quit! Such anxiety, still
    have some, but I wish I had walked away years ago. I have a
    master's degree, and tons of money, time, care, love, tears, into
    this profession, but I think 16 years was 16 years too long. The
    workload just got heavier and heavier, the rewards less and less.
    If you are unhappy at this school, WALK AWAY...if you are unhappy
    at the next school...WALK AWAY from the profession completely.
    Don't keep trying to make it work. Just because you are good at
    your job, doesn't mean the job is right for you. There are other
    schools, and there are other occupations... It's just not worth
    it. Life is too short (cliche, I know.) It's a bad sign that you
    are thinking of breaking a contract so soon into the year, might be
    a sign that the new way schools do business isn't going to jive
    with your philosophy of education in general.

    On 8/11/10, Terry wrote:
    > So, it happens all the time? Teachers break contracts and move
    > to other districts?
    > Thank you so much for your time and advice.
    > Terry
    > On 8/11/10, My advice wrote:
    >> First, your union can give you a copy of the contract.
    >> However, for now, let's just assume you have to give 2 months
    >> notice. Your contract will lay out the details.
    >> Continue to work and look for a new position at the same
    >> time. It happens all the time so no one will view it as a
    >> big negative. Be careful when you get an interview to not
    >> focus on just the negative when you are asked why you would
    >> like to leave the position. It will be a big turn-off if all
    >> you do is complain. Know what you are going to say going in.
    >> When you get an offer, notify your administration in
    >> writing. Expect to have to stay the entire length your
    >> contract dictates from when you gave your notice. If it is
    >> less, so be it. It will be an awkward and difficult time
    >> period but there will be an end in sight.
    >> Good luck.
    >> On 8/11/10, Terry wrote:
    >>> Hello;
    >>> I need some advice and no spam or negative comments. I
    >>> have made a terrible mistake with the school where I am
    >>> working. I would like to continue to look for another job
    >>> while teaching, but am unsure at how teacher contracts work
    >>> and weather another school would even look at my
    >>> application knowing that I am under contract with another
    >>> district.
    >>> Please advise and, respectfully, no lectures. I know how
    >>> this must sound - just please help me.
    >>> Thank you,
    >>> Ctracy