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Anyone teaching beyond age 65?
Old 07-11-2008, 07:05 AM
 
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I've read messages from some pretty dedicated teachers, but wonder if anyone has returned from a second career to teaching full time after age 65?


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I have taught with a teacher who taught until she was 68 or 69. She was not a classroom teacher and was respected. I will have to teach until I'm 62 or 63. I still love teaching but hope I can make it! Are you planning on teaching after you're 65?
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I have been teaching 23 years and am 60 years old. I started late as I was a SAHM until my kids were older and then I went to college. I love what I do and wonder how much longer I will work. I don't want to retire yet and still feel I'm effective. My thoughts right now are that I will work until I see that I am no longer effective or don't want to get up and go to work in the morning. I can't imagine that!
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I will be 62 next year and started later as well. I have reached that point where I am not as happy to get up and go in. I have also been looking at the Websites some of the younger teachers have created and it makes me exhausted just to read them! I am a good teacher and generally have a lot of fun doing it but I think its about time to pass the torch.
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I am 61 and this will be my 40th year. I started three months after graduating and have worked in the same school all that time. I still get excited about starting the year, and I spend a lot of time on this site and others, looking for ideas. I still go to the teachers' store to get new things for my class. On the whole, I enjoy teaching, but parents and students have really changed, there's a lot more paperwork now, and I really get tired by the end of the day. Sometimes I feel like people think I'm a dinosaur, but I still get requests, and the school keeps offering me a contract (we have no tenure). I plan on working until I'm 65 ( my full retirement age), because our retirement is so little that I'd hardly make anything retiring early.


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I know how you feel. I've just retired after 38 and a half years of teaching and I KNOW that I will miss it. It was a great profession for me and I feel so lucky to have been able to do it... BUT I was more and more exhausted after giving my all each day. I had less and less energy for the rest of my life.

I'm planning a little volunteering at an inner city school. I'm also going to teach a college class, probably in January.

As I sell off my collection of books, I find that it's making me sad. I'll come across a favorite and realize that I won't be needing it.

I'll just see how it goes!
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Old 07-25-2008, 06:47 AM
 
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my old school secretary was 71!
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Old 07-25-2008, 09:37 AM
 
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a student teacher for the fall semester and she is 58. WOW!!! I only hope that when I am older(41 now) that I am able to have enough energy to continue to teach. Some older teachers can be an inspiration to those of us who are not the youngest teachers in the school anymore.
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