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Old 11-22-2010, 03:45 PM
 
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I'm at the point where I just want to throw in the towel and change professions. HELP!


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I hear you! I'm hoping they will settle
Old 11-22-2010, 04:07 PM
 
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down after Thanksgiving break but I doubt that will happen until after Christmas. I have been teaching for 11 years and I too have had enough and would love to find another profession! But what? I keep searching and wondering. Hang in there. Maybe the upcoming break will help you to refuel!
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Everyone feels this way at some point.
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Try to focus on the positive aspects of your career. Remember those kids who make it all worthwhile. However, if you continue to feel this way or still feel this way at the end of the year, go for it! Make a list of 10 other careers you think you would enjoy more and research what you would need to do to work in those fields so you are aware of what you would be getting into if you did switch. Life is too short and the kids' needs too great to continue teaching if you do not truly enjoy it most of the time. Good luck with whatever you decide.
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Feel the same way
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I've definitely looked into different careers, but the economy and starting over in another field is really discouraging. The only other thing I can do is maybe go to middle school or high school teaching. My friends tell me that teaching there is a WHOLE LOT better because they treat you like an adult and not like a child like the way they treat us in elementary school. The only thing is that I would have to take a test and pay the $200 fee to take it.

How many of you think this is worth it? I'm ready for a change myself!
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Old 11-22-2010, 09:42 PM
 
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Learn, if a test and $200 is all it would take, I say go for it! I was considering going into counseling, but that would require at least a PhD and I'm just not ready to make that kind of commitment. Education is definitely a calling and not for the weak at heart


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I, too, have reached my breaking point. I'm currently working on a Master's in School Counseling, and I will be done in Summer 2011. I am looking forward to the possibility of transferring to potential counseling jobs within my current district. Soooo excited!! You should definitely look into another career option that suits you. I know that I love working with children, but teaching has become too much for me to handle so I looked into being a counselor and a media specialist. I absolutely LOVE counseling!!! I still get the opportunity to spend time with my little darlings without all the extra teacher related fluff. However, counseling does bring about its own issues, but so far they are NOTHING compared to what I dealt with in the classroom.

Good Luck to you!!!
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Learn, be sure you think about this before you jump into middle or high school. It depends on the district, the principal, etc. I teach middle school and in my building we have a saying: "It takes a special kind of crazy to love middle school!" Believe me, you have to have a heart not only for teaching, but for the insanity of hormones, cliques, and drama drama drama. Do not take this move lightly!
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I know that is why I asked for...
Old 11-29-2010, 11:17 PM
 
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opinions on this board. I am not taking it lightly at all. I can't seem to decide, so I gather I leave all this decision making in God's hands!

Thanks for all the advice.
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