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Do you dread going to school/work?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by stopwatch, Nov 20, 2019.


How much do you dread getting up and going to work?

  1. Rarely ever (0-20% of the time)

    18 vote(s)
  2. Sometimes (21-40% of the time)

    8 vote(s)
  3. 'Half and half' (41-60% of the time

    8 vote(s)
  4. More often than not (61-80% of the time)

    16 vote(s)
  5. Almost always (81-100% of the time)

    18 vote(s)
  1. stopwatch

    stopwatch Lead commenter

    I retired about 18 months ago and now my main 'job' is invigilating exams at the local secondary school and the local university. I do about 12-14 weeks a year in total. I am currently doing 2 weeks of Year 11 Mocks.
    I woke up this morning and it occurred to me that, not only was my head clear of worry, but that I was actually looking forward to going in. The job is very straightforward and relatively easy. The pupils/students are well managed and well behaved (although at the school, the behaviour around the school is often rowdy and noisy - but that is no longer my problem).
    I thought back to when I used to teach. I never had a day where I wasn't worried/stressed/concerned about the day ahead. I always had at least one confrontation every day. I always had way too much admin to manage. I rarely slept well and I almost always dreaded going in to work. Don't get me wrong - I did my job well, maintained a professional approach and I got the job done. I was by no means a 'weak' or ineffective teacher.
    I wondered how typical this is for teachers today and to what level people dread going into work. By dread I would say not having a positive outlook to the day ahead, or the job in general.
    It would also be useful to hear from people who wake up to work positively every day and why this might be.
    moose2, butties, --Badger-- and 7 others like this.
  2. mothorchid

    mothorchid Star commenter

    I have answered based on my last seven years in school. Now I am not teaching, apart from a little supply, I like my job and enjoy getting up to go to work.
    So I'm not the person this was aimed at, really. :(
  3. TCSC47

    TCSC47 Star commenter

    When I was newly retired I would wake up in the morning in an utter panic because I couldn't think what I was going to do in my lessons for that day. It made me realise that I had been working on my teaching from the moment I actually woke up, perhaps even in my sleep. No way to carry on.

    And like SW, I was an effective teacher with a professional approach and actually enjoyed the basic job of teaching finding it quite fulfilling. But yes, I clearly did wake up with a dread of the difficulties I was going to have to face that day. Have you ever seen the opening scene of Four Weddings and a Funeral with the first thing out of bed copious use of the F word? It was often like that.

    Apologies - plenty of Four Weddings and a Funeral utube clips but couldn't find the one I'm referring to.
  4. Weald56

    Weald56 Established commenter

    Mostly not, but in one job, definitely a couple of days a week.
  5. stopwatch

    stopwatch Lead commenter

    A little addendum - if, like me you are in a different situation/job than when you were teaching, perhaps answer the poll as it was when you were teaching - I have just changed mine to reflect that. Thanks
  6. CheeseMongler

    CheeseMongler Lead commenter

    Hmm, dread... not sure I would use this to describe it, but that may be because I am still teaching and so am partly in denial of how it affects me.
    Whoa, so I can't even discount the days where I'm just neutral and indifferent... I'm 100% dread then.
  7. stopwatch

    stopwatch Lead commenter

    That's dreadful!!:eek:;)
  8. BertieBassett2

    BertieBassett2 Star commenter

    I've voted based on my last permanent job of seven years ago.
    Jamvic likes this.
  9. CheeseMongler

    CheeseMongler Lead commenter

    Ahh, it's not that bad;
    I plan for the worst and expect things to turn to ****.​
    I genuinely cannot think of the last day that I got up and felt positive about what would happen in the day ahead but that doesn't mean that I've hated every second of the day when I look back.
    TCSC47 likes this.
  10. Jolly_Roger15

    Jolly_Roger15 Star commenter

    In my last few years of teaching, I dreaded each day in school, and not because of the students! I worried that I was going to be on some member of the SLT's target list for the day.
  11. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    I wouldn't say there was ever much "dread" because if I find a work situation intolerable, I walk. I did nine years' supply, seven of them in a school not unrelated to Hades. It was hard, dispiriting and gave one little hope for the futures of many pupils, but on the other hand, I went in, did my best to impose some sort of control (actual learning was an occasional bonus), grabbed a large pile of money on the way out and forgot all about it.
    My last teaching job became intolerable because of the behaviour of the HT towards the subject in general and the HoD in particular. I was able to walk out because we'd finished paying the mortgage and my husband had a decent job. I never returned to teaching. If I'd had to have stayed there, I think I'd probably have ended up taking time off with WRS.

    I retired in September. Every morning I awaken is a joy of expectation. Sorry to rub it in.
  12. TCSC47

    TCSC47 Star commenter

    This is fine if you are happy to let things happen to you rather than attempt to drive things and get involved with your journey in the education profession. If you have ideas you want to put into practice and want to feel you have created something important, we need to suffer the ****. And that is my point, -- why should we suffer the **** because we want to push forward and do what we think is right?
  13. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Last post... towards the end... very much so yes.

    New place... no. Don't dread it.

    ... though I do worry more than I once did...
  14. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    I feel confident that any further attempt "drive forward" my subject, department or career would have resulted in the then newly-invented "capability". As it was, losing me, the last qualified subject specialist, gave him the opportunity to close down Technology on the grounds that the results, presided over by an ever-changing team of resentful non-specialists and supply, were falling; and to bin the expensive and in immediate need of reburbishment tech rooms and convert them into classrooms.

    You gotta know when to hold, know when to fold.
    TCSC47 likes this.
  15. Jamvic

    Jamvic Star commenter

    When I first started my school day began at 9.15am with registration group until 9.30am when the first lesson of the day started. I would get up around 7am and arrive in school about 8.30am-8.45am, make a coffee, check my pigeon hole for messages and the cover board on the way to my classroom (and it was MY classroom, no moving around to 3-5 different rooms throughout the day. So I could prepare everything for my lessons before leaving the day before). Then my day would start.

    Reasonable wake up time and a calm start to the day.

    As the years went on the school day slowly moved to a 9am start, then 8.45am then 8.30am. This is also when morning whole staff, department and pastoral meetings first began to happen and email, SIMs, checking/responding became a necessary morning job.

    The last time I worked as a classroom teacher (with no TLR) the first lesson started at 8.30am with a 8.10am morning staff meeting (based nowhere near my department btw!). It was no longer possible to pre-arrange things for lessons the day before (books/equipment etc) because I now had to move around to teach in different rooms throughout most days.

    I was getting up at 5am so that I could get to school by 6.30am. This was because before going to the morning meeting at 8.10am I now needed to check/respond to emails (an average of 15-20 per morning, including parental emails which school policy said MUST be answered same day) update the daily behaviour log for my form group, get all books & resources to the correct rooms for the day and try to do some marking to keep on top of the requirements. This was before starting the working day.

    Unreasonable wake up time and a far from a calm start to the day.

    Some mornings, if traffic had been bad and I had to do some unplanned for extra task in response to a morning management email etc. I’d find myself shattered by the time the first lesson began. I’m not a natural born morning person and it did get to where I simply dreaded the alarm going off.
  16. Flowersinspring

    Flowersinspring Lead commenter

    That's just utterly horrible.
  17. Jamvic

    Jamvic Star commenter

    Not really, just some of the many changes brought in slowly over a period of many years that cumulatively left many teachers dreading going into work each morning, as asked about in the OP.
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  18. Jamvic

    Jamvic Star commenter

    Unless you mean the actual post itself is utterly horrible, in which case, yeah probably :D
  19. Jude Fawley

    Jude Fawley Star commenter

    I just go in, do the work and come home. It's bearable if I am able to get through the day without seeing anyone. I can get in the car, drive to work, get out of the car while the street is deserted, go into the house I'm working on, close the door, have a ciggie and a cup of tea break around the back where no one can see me, get back to work and then get back in the car and get home. It's great now it's winter and it's dark going in and coming home.

    If I do see anyone and have to talk to them it puts me off for a few days so I stay home until I feel like going out again.

    If it wasn't for the rent I have to pay I'd be back on the dole like a shot. Then I wouldn't leave the house or just twice a fortnight like I used to do: once to sign on and once to go to the supermarket in the middle of the night.

    Only a few more years and I'm retired. The state pension is paid by direct credit and I can get the shopping delivered so I won't need to go out at all.
    --Badger-- likes this.
  20. stopwatch

    stopwatch Lead commenter

    If this is really how you feel and how you live, it sounds like you are clinically depressed. It looks like you are not a teacher - is that correct?

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