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Are there any teachers happy in their jobs on here?

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

  1. sparkleghirl

    sparkleghirl Star commenter

    For most of my career I have been happy in my job and recent moves have been necessary only because of a change of location. But right now I'm in a hellish place and for the first time in years, dread going to school.

    Only until Christmas though. :/
  2. sophrysyne

    sophrysyne New commenter

    I'm recently retired and glad, but I loved my teaching. Good school, great colleagues, good supportive leaders. Not without problems on occasion but really enjoyed it overall. But I wouldn't want to start over again.
  3. itdoesnthurttosmile

    itdoesnthurttosmile Occasional commenter

    Yes. I have been lucky. I've only had one head who I didn't get on with.Reading all the horror stories on here makes me appreciate my job.
  4. JosieWhitehead

    JosieWhitehead Star commenter

    I'm a retired teacher and now a children's poet, but I taught for 30 years in Further Education and I loved every single minute of my work because I helped young people into full-time work. I wanted to teach from the first day I ever set foot in school myself and I never ever changed my mind. Now I skype into classrooms because I'm a visiting poet, and I meet children worldwide. I'm never so happy as when I'm with them and helping them and I never look back with regret at my chosen career.
    DeviousDevil likes this.
  5. international_muso

    international_muso New commenter

    Yes! I started at a new school in September. I’m now in a school that values everything I am doing, I feel appreciated. After 11 years I’m now in the fourth school of my career, one thing I’ve learned along the way is that it’s not always teaching that is the problem, you can just end up in the wrong school for you.

    WOMANONAMISSION50 New commenter

    I am super happy in my job infact everyday I still wake up wth enthusiasm and gusto to see my students an devery night I think of new or improved ways to reach them... let us face it : there is NO PERFECT WORK PLACE each has its fair share of challenges
  7. Weald56

    Weald56 Established commenter

    I'm happier now than ever before.

    I am, of course, retired!
    Jamvic, drek and leverarch1970 like this.
  8. baitranger

    baitranger Established commenter

    Before1992 I was reasonably happy working at an FE college under "silver book" terms/conditions. 14 weeks a year paid holiday with a 21 hour maximum teaching week, with remission for tutorial time and sometimes other duties. I can remember the 10 week summer holiday and having very little to do in June. Student conduct was generally excellent ( with some exceptions) and I can recall no class observations at all for many years. Exam results were scrutinised. I rarely took work home and did all of my marking at work. There were no learning walks, no lesson gradings and redundancies were quite unusual.
    Those were the days, as they say.
  9. tb9605

    tb9605 Established commenter

    Very happy at the moment. I moved abroad and took on a promotion. Lovely school, extremely supportive leadership who are very appreciative, great students... but still lots of do and room for improvement, so stops me getting bored. However, I now rarely feel like I need to work at home - whereas back in the UK I was doing at least 2 hours every evening plus weekends. The grass really is greener it seems.
    mas_o_menos and Lara mfl 05 like this.
  10. ChrisJButler

    ChrisJButler New commenter

  11. superseb

    superseb New commenter

    YES independent sector lots of 6th form teaching
  12. Janettap

    Janettap New commenter

    I did the same as wasn't need for full-time and was happy to do three days at 0.6 at the same school so didn't have the problem of getting to know the staff. I ended up doing using a lot of my free time on marking, data input etc. and attending training, open evenings that I'm sure I didn't really need to attend but due to the complicated hours of pay, I wasn't really sure on how much time was directed to part-time working. I am now working 30 hours as a TA at the school as my post was no longer needed (many of the hours went to non-specialists). The students are well behaved, polite and enjoy learning. I also get to spend some of my time supporting students in the subject I am qualified in,(much to the relief of the non-specialist teachers) so I am very lucky in this respect. Now I have time to do what I want and no weekend working. I do miss teaching whole classes though but with 21-22 classes, the paperwork and marking was over-whelming.
  13. laura_schofield1996

    laura_schofield1996 New commenter

    Does anyone feel that their gender has had an effect on their happiness in teaching? Either way, if you feel gender has or hasn't had an effect on your teaching career please complete my dissertation survey. I'm investigating the relationship between gender, the pay gap, career progression and gender roles.
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  14. philippkirsch

    philippkirsch New commenter

    Enjoying all these comments. Thanks.
  15. ed717

    ed717 New commenter

    Very happy at the moment, been teaching in SL 2 years now and hoping to extend my contract further. Sadly don't think I will ever return to teach in the UK - although I was very happy in my school during my PGCE, my NQT year was a completely different story!
  16. hs9981

    hs9981 Established commenter

    Ground breaking.
  17. aparajita_act

    aparajita_act New commenter

    Yes ofcourse, thanks to e-learning, life seemed fun while teaching. The play to learn tools can de-stress the mind to bring that young innocent teen in tune.
  18. mucsics_f_laszlo

    mucsics_f_laszlo New commenter

    I have been teaching undergraduates for 20 years at a small campus [This comment/section has been removed for breaching our Community Guidelines/Terms and conditions]. The whole period seemed to be a challenging struggle as Analysis is by far not the most favourite course of the students.
    A year ago I started developing a math website including different media resources e.g. animations, (funny) test, videos. The latter ones are available on Youtube... they seem to be quite popular among my students and what is more important the grades my students get are becoming better and better. This lets me expound: I am a happy teacher.
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 31, 2018
  19. snitzelvonkrumm

    snitzelvonkrumm Occasional commenter

    I have loved every school dearly.
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  20. nighttrace

    nighttrace New commenter

    4 years in a non selective state sector and 4 years in the independent (both secondary ) .Thoroughly enjoyed both.

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