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Are there any teachers happy in their jobs on here?

Discussion in 'Secondary' started by br0wnsugar, Oct 19, 2015.

  1. Twinkle_toes

    Twinkle_toes New commenter

    I can honestly say i love my job!
    I work in the most supportive school, and as SENCO i feel respected and listened too.
    Don't get me wrong its tough and there isn't enough time to do everything, but having worked in 4 other schools - the right environment makes all the difference.
  2. cmn374

    cmn374 New commenter

    I think 'happy' is an overused word. I am content with my job (except when teaching year 8 set 4 session 5 on Thursdays) & sometimes really enjoy it.
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  3. euanholden86

    euanholden86 New commenter

    Some may call me naive, green, or hopelessly inexperienced. Many of those statements may be valid, since I am currently in my PGCE year in a school centred training programme.

    However I've had a fantastic few months. I've been a nuclear engineer for the past 10 years who is now training as a maths teacher. And maths has a reputation for putting people off teaching.

    But I've had some wonderful responses from some pupils (albeit some less wonderful responses from the characters). Such as:

    - Sir, you're cheating. You're using the calculator in your head (an amazing opportunity to embed the fact that we all have "calculators in our heads").

    - Sir, are you going to be our science teacher? (I was helping out with the after school science club. We were making mentos-soda fountains and I was explaining the Venturi Effect, when the pupils had only previously seen me as a maths teacher).

    - Sir, I'm not good at maths. But it's OK because I do well in creative writing. This presented another opportunity; I explained to the pupil that most of the writers for The Simpsons and The Big Bang Theory have advanced degrees in maths and/or science. But also that I had been tutoring a mature student to retrospectively obtain their GCSE in maths at the age of 25 because it was a pre-requisite to renewing their contract with a large television production company. Subsequently she proactively asked me some questions regarding what she could do to ensure she isn't in the same situation. Sometimes the kids are just fantastic.
  4. Googler

    Googler New commenter

  5. eeisaman

    eeisaman New commenter

    I have become happier in the profession over the years as I have progressively directed more of my attention and efforts to building productive teacher student relationships.
  6. ToK-tastic

    ToK-tastic New commenter

    Loving working in a small(ish), private, international school in Bangkok. None of the bureaucracy, initiatives and politics of UK State Education (I worked in UK state sector for 12 yrs). Our students are eager to learn, honest, positive, polite, cooperative and impeccably behaved, and there are a maximum of 18 students per class. Our school is very well funded, we teach the curriculum we want to teach, in a way that we want to teach it. If the students and parents don't like what we do they will go to another school. So, we test our skills as educators in an open free market.
    I go to work smiling, and I leave work smiling (and that rarely happened when I worked in the UK State Sector). The sun is shining in Bangkok today, and it's 34C (again).
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  7. za_zeeshan33

    za_zeeshan33 New commenter

  8. Vicki197

    Vicki197 New commenter

    This makes me so sad. Kids can tell when you're not happy in your job and they'll feed off it.

    I am in my 5th year of teaching at a really supportive school - wellbeing is taken seriously and there have been several steps taken over the years to reduce workload as much as possible and mechanisms put in place for us to feed back to a member of SLT on a weekly basis about what's going well and what isn't! I appreciate how lucky I am and I know not all schools are like this but this is a job you need to do for the love of it and positivity breeds positivity. Too many young teachers (or aspiring teachers) are put off by those who are always on the negative then we wonder why there's a recruitment crisis...
  9. agathamorse

    agathamorse Senior commenter

    I'm very happy in my new school. It appreciates older, experienced teachers, treats us like professionals and doesn't make unreasonable work demands that leave you with a non-existent work life balance.

    However, this type of school is becoming rarer. I've worked in academies where every part of every day was directed and scrutinized. Where mock Ofsteds were a monthly thing. With staff meetings before and after school every day. With 25 minutes for lunch and a break duty every day.

    The fact is there are so many unhappy teachers as life in a LOT of schools is miserable.

    I've been teaching since 1995. I and many us older teachers remember how teaching used to be. We remember when work-life balance wasn't an issue. We remember how it felt to be treated as professionals. This is why we're unhappy with life in most schools today.

    I'm lucky. I know that. But I know so many of our colleagues aren't.

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