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confirmation: I made the right choice
Old 12-20-2018, 01:35 PM
 
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From time to time, I miss teaching. I was part of a team, and I remember the great projects we did. I guess it's like childbirth; we don't remember the pain. That's when I go to the Vent board. It reminds me of the struggles and frustrations that I had, and I am SO glad I retired when I did. My heart goes out to those teachers who are still in the trenches.


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I miss the good parts
Old 12-20-2018, 01:54 PM
 
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of teaching as well. However, I still remember the less desirable parts as well. Like you I miss my team and putting our five creative brains together to plan lessons. What fun!I also miss the actual act of teaching the children. But those tasks can't happen in isolation, so overall I very glad to be retired.
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Ditto here. I miss the kids, my team, other colleagues, creating projects, using new technology to teach, and teaching itself. I miss watching my kids learn and create. I donít miss meetings, paper work, state testing, and all the other garbage. I told my principal I would teach forever but for the things that took away the fun! Iím happily retired but there are some special days throughout the year I wish I was still teaching.
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Yesterday, I volunteered at a middle school teaching a Jr. Achievement. It was the last day before break. I was scheduled to teach five classes of 35+ students each. Ended up doing four. Had to work around two assemblies and a lock down drill.

By the end of the day, I remembered why I retired from teaching, and was very happy I had taught second grade. Hugs to all!! ~B
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I don't miss anything about teaching. Retirement is the best.

I, too, feel bad for teachers still in the trenches. It has turned into an exhausting career.


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Old 12-20-2018, 05:01 PM
 
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I was blindsided by how much I did not miss teaching the minute I retired.

This year I am volunteering in a friendís kinder room....and each time I remember why I retired. I do miss the people and most of the kids. I donít miss crazy parents and truly insane programs.
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Old 12-20-2018, 05:12 PM
 
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I don't miss teaching at all. I love being retired!
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Old 12-20-2018, 05:37 PM
 
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I agree. Whenever I miss teaching, a visit to the Vent board cures me!
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Old 12-20-2018, 05:54 PM
 
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Every once in a while I remember how much fun teaching COULD be, but then reality smacks me upside the head with all that wasn't fun. It definitely changed over the years and I really didn't like where it was heading/is still headed. Retired is right where I want to be!
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Opposite Feeling
Old 12-21-2018, 06:29 AM
 
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I have just the opposite feeling.

I loved teaching...even the awful parts that stressed me. As part of my goal, I worked to change those awful parts so they would not continue to be awful and those coming after me would not have to deal with the BS. Change never happened quickly, but in most cases things did change. Many times, I even expressed how awful certain things were, and sometimes I even ignored the crazy mandates, which only lasted a year or two anyway. I was lucky to have administrators who ignored my ignoring them because they believed as I did that the craziness would not last.

As far as oppositional parents, I always expressed my disappointment with them and gave them my heart-felt opinion. Over the 32 years of my career, a few went running to the principal, who backed me, but most considered my suggestions...a few even thanked me later for being honest. They knew I was stubborn enough to not change what I told them.

I missed my career calling so much that I jumped at an opportunity to be an interventionist. Seven years later, I am still working part time. Retirement is my second favorite job, but teaching was my calling.



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Old 12-22-2018, 10:23 AM
 
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Someone asked me if it is a bittersweet feeling knowing that retirement is soon. I said, ďNot at all. Iíll finally be able to sleep and I wonít need to worry about someone elseís kid. Iíll be able to enjoy my own family instead.Ē

On Friday we stayed after school for a bit commiserating and laughing in a teammates room. I thought, ď This is what keeps me going, this is what Iíll miss.Ē
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