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Can an older teacher get hired? Should she want to?
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I graduated from college with an elementary education degree 32 years ago. Since that time, I have taught four years (3 right after college and 1 twenty years later, after raising my 7 children). It's been 7 years since being downsized (at a private school) and since then I have worked a series of part-time jobs, only the last year as a substitute teacher.

I may be able to get a job (I tend to interview well) but am nervous about working full-time again. Most of the teachers I know seem completely overwhelmed. I think fondly of my teaching days but worry that the expectations on teachers are so much greater now that it would consume my whole life. Anyone have any thoughts on this? Thank you.



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Sounds familiar! I graduated college about 25 yrs ago... I taught for two years before raising a family and then taught in private preschool for many years , then did other jobs. Recently returned to teach about 3 yrs ago.

The changes from back when I first taught till now are dramatic. Technology for oneó not my strong point..but in my opinion the work is overwhelming, and can be all consuming. I have been trying and struggling since coming back to balance this out but have not figured it out yet. Iím giving myself one more year and if I canít rein it in I will be finding a different job. I do feel that expectations are greater than what they used to be, more teaching to the test and more observations from administrators with almost unreachable standards.
Whatever you decide, all the best to you!
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Is there a reason you don't want to work at a private school again? I know the pressures there are way less than a public school. I know the pay isn't the same, nor the benefits, but it may be worth your sanity.

You're right that many teachers are overwhelmed nowadays. It really depends on the school as to whether there's more/less pressure. If you have a good team, it tends to help take some of the workload off since you share lessons, ideas, etc... If the school supplies a mentor, that also helps since you won't be familiar with the specifics to that school or public schools lately. Those are things to consider when you're interviewing.

You do have the benefit of having teaching experience, so that will take some of the "unknowns" away. I think that's partly what stresses out fresh, young teachers. They come from college with limited experiences.

There's no way to know unless you try it. If you get into it and it's just not for you, maybe you can go back to a private school the following year (although I wouldn't mention that at an interview. ).
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to teaching after an 11-year hiatus. I will admit that it was a bit like starting over again, but it didn't take long to get back in the groove. If you were an effective teacher in the past, you can definitely be one again. I say go for it! I certainly don't regret returning to the classroom - although things have changed in education since I begin back in the 80s!
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Thank you!
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I appreciate the advice. It's nice to know that others have faced the same things I am facing. I especially appreciate the encouragement. If an opportunity presents itself, I will go for it!
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