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Can anyone provide encouragement for me to keep teaching? It's my third year of teaching and I'm to the point that I'm not sure I want to keep teaching, or even could if I wanted to. How do you wind down after those really bad days at school?

Apr 24, 2017 1:31pm

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  • Behavior / Celebrating Teachers / Class Culture / New Teachers
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    • Apr 26, 2017 11:32am

      I wind down by taking a true break after school and doing anything that ISN'T related to teaching :-) Snack, take a walk, watch a funny show, read, etc. Whatever it is that works for you. That being said, third year is typically when you start to feel you are in your groove. I don't know if you've spent all 3 years in the same place, so maybe that's part of the issue b/c moving around can be really unsettling. Are you in the right school and grade level for you? There are lots of educational opportunities out there (and liking what you do and where can often mean a salary decrease is worth it... just keep that in mind). And next year is always another year! :-)

      • May 12, 2018 7:42am

        It could be that you went into the field of education with a lot of hope and a lot of dreams. The field is so huge! Classroom teaching is an Art and a Science in my opinion. It is not for everyone. Luckily there are so many jobs to support teachers. You may be cut out for one of them. I worked in the perfect job for me my last nine years in the profession of education. I was called an Early Childhood Liaison. Check into all the related jobs in your area. The Administrator course work prepares you for many jobs not just to be a Principal. Best Wishes for Happiness and Joy! Ann Stern

        • May 12, 2018 8:25pm

          Hello Kristine.
          It sounds as though you are really struggling with teaching, which is understandable, given all that is asked of us as teachers. For me, when I am struggling, I think back to what made me want to teach - students. Even when I am tired and frustrated, I still enjoy working with them. As challenging as our job is, the rewards, for me, outweigh the challenges. If you are feeling as though that is not the case, then I would say take a break from school - maybe an hour after school as someone else suggested or a week or two after the year ends and evaluate how you are feeling.
          I always find time for myself when I have tough days. I run or work out or walk my dog. I also have a family that distracts me. I also try to focus on one positive thing every day, even if it is just as simple as whether or not I made a student smile or laugh. If I did that, I believe I have made a difference.
          As others have said, we all also have tough years, for whatever reason. Sometimes life interferes with our teaching. Sometimes the group of students can be more challenging. Sometimes other professional expectations get in the way of what many of us love to do, which is just working with students.
          I hope all these posts help give you some food for thought, and I wish you the best of luck. If teaching is your passion, your calling, stick with it!

          • May 13, 2018 9:07am

            Kristene, I will tell you like I tell my students. PUSH - Persevere and push past the obstacles, Understand why you went into this field and keep learning new and inventive ways to make teaching a JOY for you. Strategize and make sure you have a plan for every day not just in your lessons, but in your presentation and your own personal life, and last but not least always have HOPE because at the end of the day there is always something good that happened. Think on those things, then look forward to another day.