Teachers/Educators Thread • Page 8

Discussion in 'General Forum' started by Matt Metzler, Mar 31, 2016.

  1. WasEmoRocknowImjustold

    Not newbie, I think

    When you're a teacher, you are an entertainer, a lesson planner, a grader, a social worker, a disciplinarian, a parent, always to blame when something goes wrong and unnoticed when things go right. If that sounds good, go for it. And underpaid.

    I love being a teacher, but it's exhausting too.
  2. Philll


    Coming very close to applying to do a Primary Education degree...

    Those of you in the thread with families/young children of your own, how do you find the work/life balance? *very Scott Aukerman voice*
  3. popdisaster00

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    My program is blended between onsite and online and I am only taking 1 class right now haha
  4. Philll


    I just realised I was very unclear, I was aiming that question more at those working as teachers already!
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  5. popdisaster00

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    oh, got it
  6. Philll


    Sorry, not meaning to poo-poo your response to me! Similarly the course I'm looking at is very light when it comes to attending classes and whatnot, so the next three years wouldn't be an issue with family. And conveniently both my kids will have started school by the time I actually get in the classroom myself so that probably works itself out quite nicely.
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  7. popdisaster00

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    That’s basically my goal as well. My son will be in 1st grade and my daughter will be about 3 when I start (hopefully) teaching full time
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  8. jmitch0906


    Definitely something I have had to learn since I started teaching. My rule of thumb is to leave work at work 95% of the time. So I try to get grading, lesson planning, copies, etc. all done during my conference period or before or after school. I work at a Title 1 school where the majority of kids on free/reduced lunch.

    When I first started working here it was very difficult to leave work at work, whether it be the grading, or just taking home some of the stress/frustration from work. It has been something I've had to conscientiously work on and I'm lucky to have a s/o that understands and has been patient with. Over time I have learned that while you should be passionate as a teacher, you must have your "me" time as well.

    Not the best at summarizing but can definitely try to answer some questions if you have any
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  9. Philll


    Really helpful, thanks. It is all the marking/planning time that I'm most apprehensive about, I don't want it completely taking over my life. I guess it's all about developing ways to manage it all.
  10. Kiana

    You look like bad news, I gotta have you Prestigious

    When I taught I legit couldn't imagine coming home to kids like I was DONE. But all of my coworkers assured me that your own kids are better lol. I think as long as u don't take everything home it's ok. You will get overwhelmed and overworked because the workload will be impossible and it may cross your mind, but imo it's best to set those boundaries early cause if u show you'll work for free people will push and push more and then you'll resent taking time from your own family.

    It sucks cause I'm of the mind that employers need to see the workload is impossible but there's always another person desperate to work who will do it for free sooooo it's fine like I'm not bitter or anything! !!!!
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  11. jmitch0906


    Absolutely. As Kiana said below, one thing I was victim of and see new teachers be a victim of is being over excited or overly passionate about the job. I don't mean that you shouldn't be passionate about the job because you absolutely must but I have seen administration take advantage of new teachers that will over extend themselves, whether it be covering for absent teachers, taking on bigger class sizes, etc.

    Throughout high school and college and early jobs I found it relatively easy to manage stress, whether it be by finding hobbies, meditation, reading, etc. but when I first started teaching it was very difficult to manage the stress. I loved the job and was so happy to be teaching and thought that constantly fretting over my students and workload was just part of it. But I was very close to being burnt out. And through a little help from therapy and a few close people around me, I've learned to manage work vs home life much more efficiently. It is definitely a struggle because as a teacher you must take a lot of responsibility on yourself to make your classroom better, you will very rarely get constant help or handouts from admins or other teachers.
  12. JimmyIymmiJ Nov 29, 2018
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    Music, a steady riot in my soul. Prestigious

    I taught at a high poverty school for a lot of years, and it definitely took its toll on me. There are very rewarding moments, but it is also very difficult to find balance because it just weighs on you emotionally. It is possible to to find some balance, but it takes time and being able to departmentalize your life.

    I switched schools last year, mainly because middle school hours weren’t conducive to my family time with two kids now (I went to a K-8 which had earlier hours), but also because I was a bit burnt out after a decade+ in that environment. It has been much easier to find balance at my new school because I don’t have the same emotional baggage coming home. I don’t feel like I’m making as big of a difference in the lives of my students now because most of them have support at home, but I also feel like I am a better husband, father, and man in general. I almost feel selfish saying that, but it’s definitely true.
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