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Re: Thinking about leaving the profession
I agree that I have been doing this for over 10 years and I feel DONE!! Kids are not caring as much and the TEA guideliness on academics is going to a place I'm not prepared to fight.
I have a Master in Education (Admin) but I tried that and it was WORSE!! I came back quickly. What else could I do with my life?
Well, Yellowboarders, I'm in the same position many other posters have found themselves in. I'm just not sure this profession is right for me anymore.
There's obviously a confluence of factors (it's never only one thing), but the biggest driver (among others) is time. I'm just not sure I want to do the gauntlet of contests/travel/football/sectionals, etc. anymore. I'm only getting older and I haven't really had time for anyone I care about this season.
Even if it means being a pencil pusher or something, I'm fantasizing about a 40 hour work week and what that feels like.
Yes, I still love my students. That's my biggest hangup. Like with most of you, I think they're absolutely the best part of the job. I would be heartbroken to leave them, but I'm just not sure I can sustain this over a career.
My main question is - what are the avenues? I read every post like this that comes up and people start talking about realty and insurance. I desperately don't want to do either.
Everyone also says the skills we've garnered as teachers, as organizers for large groups, are marketable. Is there somewhere particular I should be exploring that my experience could at least get me in the door?
Sorry for the long post. Just feeling at a loss right now. Thanks for taking the time to read this.