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Anyone left teaching then started to miss it...?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by cleggy1611, Mar 2, 2016.

  1. cleggy1611

    cleggy1611 New commenter

    I left teaching about a year ago. I was dht for about 7 years in a primary school. My new work colleagues keep asking me if I would ever go back to teaching. A year ago I said no straight away. Now I look back and do miss some parts if it quite a lot. Then I have a reality check and consider the many things that I don't miss.

    Anyone else been in a similar situation or actually gone back?

    I'm not seriously considering it, just curious!
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  2. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    Although I am nearly 70 i miss teaching..but its unlikely I would go back.I did supply and now they only want supply willing to take on full time positions....Not me in the present climate.
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  3. Burndenpark

    Burndenpark Star commenter

    Miss it?

    Still have those dreams with every (literally) nightmare kid I ever taught?

    See the shiiiiii-rubbish my wife puts up with and think - never again!
  4. delnon

    delnon Lead commenter

    I miss the actual teaching. I always enjoyed that 'wow' moment when a student suddenly understood something for the first time. :)

    But I wouldn't go back. The utter toshology which began with Baker became completely intolerable. :mad:
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  5. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

    I agree with most of the above
    You miss some of it all of the time
    Some of it part of the time
    And a lot of it not at all
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  6. cleggy1611

    cleggy1611 New commenter

    I've posted on primary offering help with planning for Goodnight, Mr Tom and just remembered how much I loved teaching it...
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  7. indusant

    indusant Senior commenter

    I occasionally miss the actual 'teaching' bit. That is the interaction with the kids and helping them develop in a subject that I love.

    I do not miss the constant feelings of dread and the politics, observations, scrutiny, data, triple marking, dealing with bad behaviour coupled with ineffectual management, not having any life outside of work and all the other associated garbage that teachers have to put up with. Not one little bit.
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  8. xena-warrior

    xena-warrior Star commenter

    HAHAHAHHAHA! Yeh we all miss teaching.
    I'm sure many of us would like to go back to teaching.
    ScotSEN, racroesus, coffeekid and 5 others like this.
  9. Alf58

    Alf58 Established commenter

    I agree with most of the above. I loved working with the young people. I hated the data obsession, performance management, accountability measures and government generated tosh. I hated not being able to teach properly because I had become someone who's only function was to generate good exam results. I hated the way the young people were mere statistics as far as SLT were concerned. I was annoyed by the contempt with which teachers are regarded by the public. Since leaving teaching I have never been happier and would never go back.
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  10. lexus300

    lexus300 Star commenter

    I miss teaching as it was prior to OfSTED. Would I go back now? NO WAY.
  11. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    What you all secretly miss is SLT second guessing you...

    ... Ofsted checking on you...

    ... learning walks...

    ... biased observations...

    ... Performance related pay hoops that kept moving...

    ... rude pupils with unsupportive weak parents...

    ... marking long into the night...

    Come back fools, come back and share the pain!

    [this post was brought to you by Wilshaw/Gibb... the name you can trust]
  12. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter


    Not at all.
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  13. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    Don't miss the staff or the children( although I do have some great memories of having worked with both ) both. Do miss the 'cerebral bits ' I must admit - having something to address and finding a solution.
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  14. Caligraphy

    Caligraphy Occasional commenter

    Do I miss being literally told to eff off on a regular basis by the kids?
    Do I miss metaphorically being told to eff off on a regular basis by vile, vicious and aggressive members of SLT??? That will be a no.
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  15. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    I miss none of it. I'm well over it.
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  16. Motherofchikkins

    Motherofchikkins Star commenter

    i miss some of the kids occasionally. I don't miss most of them most of the time.
    I miss the concerts. Don't miss endless assemblies, endless marking, endless planning, the ignoring of what i did well, and the constant picking up of things that didn't go so well. The lack of recognition for the endless after hours rehearsals and planning that went into the musical, and fundraising concerts.
    Most definitely don't miss the foul, vile, horrible, abusive little b@zt@rds that were the year 8's
    I still have nightmare about some of them. Don't miss the bullying deputy head.

    i think overall, that would be a 'no' from me then :D
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  17. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

    Miss the colleagues that were very supportive and those I had a laugh with
    Miss the lightbulb moments from some children
    Miss being able to sort something out when a child was upset or in a state
    Miss the "Miss, I like your dress/shoes etc"
    Miss seeing that boy that no one could teach to read, going to do a mechanics course and completing it
    Miss the parents that were appreciative
    Miss delivering a lesson that enthused the children
    Miss the problem solving
    Miss the fun

    Don't miss the bureaucracy
    Don't miss the vile Head, C of G and Finance director
    Don't miss Ofsted
    Don't miss the planning
    Don't miss the data
    Don't miss being sworn at, strangled or wrestled to the floor
    Don't miss Ofsted
    Don't miss the endless planning, no weekends or evenings
    Don't miss the form filling

    Nah, don't miss teaching as it is now.
  18. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Reading through the above, I wonder whether ANY of TES's posters are teachers.

    Me? Yes, I am filling a couple of days each week teaching after retirement. And enjoying it. My terms, though.
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  19. Caligraphy

    Caligraphy Occasional commenter

    Of course I'm a teacher. I've just taken control over my career and am working now to impart a life skill that really will make a difference to anyone who wants to learn it. I am a teacher, but will no longer allow myself to be defined by that title.
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  20. HelenREMfan

    HelenREMfan Star commenter


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