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idoes anyone else find teaching so lonely?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by san38, Jan 19, 2012.

  1. I have felt it this year. My new boss has favourites who all hang onto his every word and I get ignored in the corner. I may as well not exist. But I am not alone at home, which is lucky.
     
  2. LOL. She's raeally put her Size 9s in it now...
     
  3. whapbapboogy

    whapbapboogy New commenter

    I agree with the girl from mars- if it doesn't get better and you really have tried, look for another school. As I'm sure you know, they vary massively- and you might become really happy in your next school.
    Before that, though:
    What about any social things going on- put your feelers out- there have to be some teachers who go down the pub now and then, or who do sport together/go on theatre trips?
    Get involved in anything like that that other colleagues do for the kids- school productions, or offer to referee netball- with a bit of reading up on the rules, you'll be golddust to most PE departments.
    If no staff at your staff seem to do anything social, send an email round to everyone asking who fancies meeting down the local pub for half an hour on Friday night. Be brave- you're a teacher- you can brave anything.
     
  4. san38

    san38 New commenter

    Thanks again everyone - especially thegirlfrommars -wish I worked at your school too! I think some people may socialise but they are the young teachers - and I (unfortunately!) am not one of those. The older ones tend to be understandably rushing back to kids/dogs etc.. It's a shame - some people do try hard to organise things but no-one goes. I think that part of the issue is that in my area teaching is a relatively well paid job and people travel for miles - the only other peson in my dept lives over 40 miles away and some live 40miles in the other direction, so chances of getting together are limited. The people here are lovely - I think it is the ethos of the school - too 'outstanding' to waste time chatting! Lots of pressure on people to give up lunchtimes to do enrichment, come in in the hoidays to do revision etc..
    I feel you may be right and it is time to move on. Difficult question to bing up in interview 'how many times would you say you get to the pub together' lol. Thanks everyone.
     
  5. bizent

    bizent Star commenter

    They <u>are</u> very different to offices with banter and chat etc., <u>but</u> we are, primarily, at school to pursue the needs and learning of the students. They are the important ones.
    Indeed they are but surely you don't think that we should all go to school, teach, mark, plan, meeting, go home, work, plan, mark, eat on the run and not have any sort of social aspect to the day? Or are you of the similar thinking to the SLT at my school where break and lunch are for THEM to have some time out and for you to be working yourself into the ground?
     
  6. bizent

    bizent Star commenter

    <u>THIS </u>is a really good point, I have my OH and my stepkids at home and that makes all the difference - they don't care about what i've done at work they want to play Mario Kart!!
     

  7. Sorry, but I prefer to socialise with people that I like and/or respect.
     

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