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Batya, I even spoke with an elementary school teacher . She said her job was stressful . She had to deal with other elementary school teachers who were mean and condescending, parents and unsupportive administrators. So it made think of what you were trying to tell me . Thanks for trying to give me tips to the best you can .

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Day care helper. If you can not deal with the academics, why pursue it? Volunteer someplace that deals with children and decide what you can actually do with your training.

I was an educator for several years. I should warn you about walking into this field that I wish I was given:   I had a dual certification, and one of them was in Special Education with a Master's de

I would follow Snny's suggestion about substitute teaching. That way, you can see if you even really like the classroom environment. If you have a bachelor's degree, you can sub. I also recommend yo

Batya, I even spoke with an elementary school teacher . She said her job was stressful . She had to deal with other elementary school teachers who were mean and condescending, parents and unsupportive administrators. So it made think of what you were trying to tell me . Thanks for trying to give me tips to the best you can .

 

My sister-in-law is a 2nd grade teacher. She likes her students but she says parents are more challenging. Then there’s of course and less preparation ,endless marking etc.

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Batya, I even spoke with an elementary school teacher . She said her job was stressful . She had to deal with other elementary school teachers who were mean and condescending, parents and unsupportive administrators. So it made think of what you were trying to tell me . Thanks for trying to give me tips to the best you can .

 

Of course it's a stressful job. Most professions involve a level of stress but if it's outweighed by the positives it's all good.

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My job is stressful but it has so many rewarding aspects to it.

 

You aren't going to find a job where you're in a constant state of bliss. There will always be some bad days. But if ultimately you find reward in what you're doing, going to work will be a good challenge instead of a source of dread.

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My job is stressful but it has so many rewarding aspects to it.

 

You aren't going to find a job where you're in a constant state of bliss. There will always be some bad days. But if ultimately you find reward in what you're doing, going to work will be a good challenge instead of a source of dread.

What kind of job do you do ?

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What kind of job do you do ?

 

I don't want to get too specific, but I am a production manager for a large retail warehouse. It has nothing to do with education lol. But I did attend 3 years of college (university) to be a special education teacher. After student teaching a couple of classes I realized it was not for me. I love kids and love playing with them but that's not the same as teaching in a structured environment. So I'd rather play with my niece and nephews and my cousins' kids to get my "fun with kids" fix.

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I don't want to get too specific, but I am a production manager for a large retail warehouse. It has nothing to do with education lol. But I did attend 3 years of college (university) to be a special education teacher. After student teaching a couple of classes I realized it was not for me. I love kids and love playing with them but that's not the same as teaching in a structured environment. So I'd rather play with my niece and nephews and my cousins' kids to get my "fun with kids" fix.

That’s okay . Atleast you tried . I applaud you for it . I’m simply in the exploration phase . You are correct about every job will have its good days and bad ones too . Sometimes my days are okay , good or bad . Atleast you get to babysit your nieces and nephews . I appreciate you , batya and others for trying to tell me the realities of teaching .

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That’s okay . Atleast you tried . I applaud you for it . I’m simply in the exploration phase . You are correct about every job will have its good days and bad ones too . Sometimes my days are okay , good or bad . Atleast you get to babysit your nieces and nephews . I appreciate you , batya and others for trying to tell me the realities of teaching .

 

I'm glad I could help some! Also consider whether you're interested in the academics because often you have to get a grad degree eventually to make more $ as a teacher.

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I could never be a teacher of young kids - not because of the kids, but because of the parents. The parents think their little angel walks on water and is actually a terror and who falsely think their child is extremely gifted and smarter than any other kid in the world, or the parents that push their kids too much. But that's just me. When i was in the performing arts, i hated plays that had kids in them - stage parents were the worst. Not as bad when its a 3rd grade ballet recital but really bad with an 'adult" play or musical with 1-4 kids in it.

 

Parents do get crazy over their kids and there's no telling them that they're being irrational. It puts teachers in a tough place, for sure.

 

Also consider whether you're interested in the academics because often you have to get a grad degree eventually to make more $ as a teacher.

 

Also check into the collective bargaining situation in your area. When I looked into that teaching job years ago, I went over the pay structure with the local union rep. You could actually get paid for having a Master's degree without completing a Master's degree program--any Master's degree, too, not just in education. You just had to have a certain number of credits completed in the program.

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Parents do get crazy over their kids and there's no telling them that they're being irrational. It puts teachers in a tough place, for sure.

 

 

 

Also check into the collective bargaining situation in your area. When I looked into that teaching job years ago, I went over the pay structure with the local union rep. You could actually get paid for having a Master's degree without completing a Master's degree program--any Master's degree, too, not just in education. You just had to have a certain number of credits completed in the program.

 

Yes, some parents do just like some people get like that about their pets or even about spouses/partners who it's clear are not "angels". I've had to be in nearly dangerous situations or -more inconvenient -eat outside in uncomfortable weather because the pet's needs -to be off leash, to not be alone in a home for a few hours at lunch time - was more important. It's ok -I get it -but it's absolutely not just parents. I just think parents get targeted more because more often they need other people to interact with their kids in a highly personal way like at school or activities etc.

 

My default is "it's my kid's fault" so when I stick up for him in a teacher situation it's rare but I'll do it and be Mama Bear if needed. I did that when he was 9 months old, whining/crying in line at Trader Joes - because -guess what, infants cry - and the crying/fussing lasted longer because the cashier was incompetent and I needed a manager. She said "well I had to put up with your crying kid!" whereupon I was given a bouquet of flowers by the manager (because I then burst into sleep deprived tears) and -hmmmmm - the next time I went she was working in the back, time after that - nowhere to be seen. I guess there was no telling her she was irrational to vent about a crying baby who was no angel of course -but doing what babies do and I was doing what parents do -getting shopping done even though I had to bring my baby along.

 

I did that when he was 10 years old to defend his choices to a teacher who didn't follow through on her promise to get him the needed paperwork for him to apply to be a crossing guard instead labeling him as "not interested" in being a crossing guard. I did not let that slide and let her know that plus that perhaps letting another crossing guard make offensive comments to my son wasn't exactly consistent with her stated goals for the program.

 

I was treated very poorly as a teacher by certain parents, by certain administration types, etc and treated wonderfully by others. It depends so much on the school, the school system, etc.

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On 4/15/2020 at 5:32 AM, Wiseman2 said:

Day care helper. If you can not deal with the academics, why pursue it? Volunteer someplace that deals with children and decide what you can actually do with your training.

That’s a good suggestion .. day care helper is what I also want to look into . Right now I can’t volunteer due to the pandemic .

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On 4/15/2020 at 8:02 AM, Snny said:

I was an educator for several years. I should warn you about walking into this field that I wish I was given:

 

I had a dual certification, and one of them was in Special Education with a Master's degree. After grad school, I jumped ship into the mental health field because I was given a better offer. I find working for a mental health agency/advocacy program much more rewarding, better pay and benefits, less job politics, and less people to deal with (mind you, I taught a class with 150 students). I absolutely love my clients and the families I have served. The difference I make for them is 10x rewarding than I was doing as a teacher on the front lines. I do not miss lesson planning or grading working every weekend.

 

Teaching is one of the most underrated and unappreciated job fields. It is challenging work of which not everyone is cut out for. It takes a special calling to stay in the field, which is why teachers are the real superheroes. Statistics have shown that 50% of teachers burn out of the field within the first 5 years of teaching and it is not a secured job field. Some states offer tenure that require you to work on temporary contracts that last for one school year, and then you are at the disposal of a district whether to axe you or keep you. I will be honest that I have not been recommended to continue my contract from four different school systems for multiple reasons: from economical staff cutting to not playing the job political game right.

 

So if you are looking for a secured job or a "better paying" position, teaching is not it. The pensions are even crap now (my undergraduate program straight up lied to me about that). The only thing I made was a difference and good medical benefits. The kids made me love teaching (though I had some difficult students and parents too). Everyday was a new day with them. But that's it... the job politics, unsupportive admins, and the amount of work I had to put in even though I was off the clock was not worth the cost of my mental health.

 

Also with a pandemic going on, I would rethink this career path. Schools have shut down until further notice and everyone is working from home with distance learning. Unless this lifts quickly, I don't see school systems hiring new teachers anytime soon.

 

 

 

If you still feel strongly about teaching, wait for the pandemic to be over. Then apply to be a substitute teacher. Some districts will take people with only associates degrees while others require those with bachelor degrees (you have to ask their HR department). Don't volunteer because that's giving you a superficial viewpoint when you have kids who are HAPPY to be at those sporting events, plays, school dances, etc. Substitute teaching... even an Instructional Assistant for a special education classroom will give you the raw experience to see what it takes to be a teacher and how it is to live as one.

Good tips .. what you suggested was good . I’m hoping to be a teachers aide or receptionist at a school 🏫 

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