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when to quit teaching???
Old 10-08-2008, 07:31 PM
 
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I've been going through an identity crisis lately because I really don't know if I'm meant to be a teacher. My whole life, I've only thought of myself teaching. I don't know if I'm just not as good at it as I thought I'd be or if I'm just in the wrong grade (have taught 3rd and K) or maybe even in the wrong school...
Either way, I'm just not happy. And life is too short to not be happy.

With all that being said, what else can I do with a Master's Degree in Elementary Education? Any thoughts?


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Same situation
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I could've written your post word for word. I also have a Master's in Elementary Education. I am anxious to hear everyone's thoughts.
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I am sorry to hear your bummed. But I think that it is wise to leave if you know you are unhappy. We all know the dangers of teachers in the profession who don't want to be there.
How much of a change are you looking for?
Some ideas..
Media Specialist - you would need to probably get another cert. though

Education Director for you church or other volunteer organization

Employee trainer.. when I was working for Target and subbing this was a job I strongly considered but ended up with my own classroom. They highly value education degrees!

Hope that helps a little
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I have pondered the same issue before and even looked into going back to school. My problem was the school that I was stuck at the past three years. I am at a new school this year with a great principal and students, complete opposite of my old school. I ended up resigning and had four months off, so I had the time to recooperate after that ordeal. It may be that your school is not the right place for you.
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try middle school. It really isn't as scary as everyone tell you. You will laugh every day. They get a more mature sense of humor, you get a longer, consistent prep period, and it is fun.


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Old 10-08-2008, 09:04 PM
 
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i am going to resign as soon as i find another job. i love my students so much but working conditions are not so good. also i think i am no longer called to teach.
i am looking into nannying, or preschool at a daycare center. but i am open to other ideas too.
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Ive been a sub for almost 3 years...
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and now I'm going back to school...hopefully next fall, to become a librarian. I realize now that's my true calling in life
 
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I am seriously considering
Old 10-09-2008, 08:44 AM
 
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The middle school idea. I've heard it's much easier and you have that guaranteed planning every day! I don't think discipline issues are put up with as much either.
 
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I feel you
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I was where you are last year. I was in a not going anywhere school with an administration that was ridiculous (as in the principle and vice principle having an affair WHILE the principle's wife is dying of cancer) I relocated to a new state and got a great job. I am still thinking I would like to be a librarian, I believe it is my calling also. But I am happy here doing what I am doing for now. Sometimes you need to start over to realize what you REALLY want in life.
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Identity Crisis Here Too!
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I've always had dreams of a bright future and different ways that I could make a difference, and teaching was the one profession that I always saw as my future. Now that I am doing it, I feel defeated on a daily basis. I try so so hard to always have a positive attitude and put in 110%, but it is very tiring. Sometimes, there aren't enough hours in the day to even get everything done that I need to for the next day, then my Supervisor tells me she'd like me to be in charge of arranging a fundraiser, or my principal tells me he's stopping in. It's tough.

It may not be you, sweetie. The profession seems to be alot different now than it was even 25 years ago. I'm not sure of other jobs you can do, but definitely, absolutely EXPLORE your options. I am doing the same. You have a job right now and can still give it your all, but search for other things in the meantime. The beauty in not knowing what else you might like is that you could try ANYTHING! Once you possibly get another job, even if you don't like it, you can try to find another one! I'm not sure what I'm going to try for yet either, but there is fun in knowing that there are other possibilities out there


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