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In your 50s and still teaching?

Discussion in 'Secondary' started by br0wnsugar, Jun 8, 2020.

  1. br0wnsugar

    br0wnsugar Occasional commenter

    What motivates you?
  2. needabreak

    needabreak Star commenter

    Sharing knowledge and learning from others, meeting different people, getting to find out something about their personalities, interests, values and culture, structure to the days and of course it pays bills.

    What motivates you?
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  3. CarrieV

    CarrieV Lead commenter

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    ACOYEAR8 Star commenter

    Teaching keeps me young at heart. I love the buzz of talking to students, discovering new ways of getting information across, problem solving, it's addictive.
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  5. phatsals

    phatsals Senior commenter

    Managed it until 56 and a half. Then I found myself sitting in the carpark, not wanting to go in. That was it. The End.
  6. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    For me it was the mixing with youngsters, who have such a naively positive take on life and certainly keeps one on one's toes and 'young'.
    And yes watching their personalities develop , knowing that one may have a hand in how they turn out in the future.
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  7. BenjaminBoxer

    BenjaminBoxer New commenter

    It motivates me that I am doing something useful in society. The challenges keep me (reasonably) sharp.
    The real issue is not being in one's fifties but that schools do not value older teachers. Unions will tell you that older teachers who've got good results for over a decade, as they become expensive, are over represented in capability actions. Heads - perhaps understandably given budget constraints - ruthlessly seek out NQTs. Younger teachers forget that they'll get to 50+ someday. Whatever you do, don't give up a good permanent post as you get older as it is nearly impossible to get back on the scale you left at. Keep going though! How many jobs can change the lives of young people in the way teaching can?
  8. br0wnsugar

    br0wnsugar Occasional commenter

    Most of what you've outlined - also supporting colleagues, teaching generations of students from the same families, the relationships with colleagues who care BUT once on UPS you're a target at some schools..that can be demotivating especially when you are overlooked in favour of younger and more malleable models.
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  9. br0wnsugar

    br0wnsugar Occasional commenter

    This made me laugh!! Thank you. Short and directly sweet.;)
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  10. br0wnsugar

    br0wnsugar Occasional commenter

    Yes, I did/still do in the main but I am also mindful of the age difference between not only the new staff but also year 7s - so young and have a perspective and interests I am far distant from.
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  11. br0wnsugar

    br0wnsugar Occasional commenter

    I think that's what's happened to me. I have lost the passion so I started this thread to see what others felt. What the current teaching from home has shown me that going back into the classroom is NOT what I want anymore.
    Last edited: Jun 9, 2020
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  12. br0wnsugar

    br0wnsugar Occasional commenter

    I agree. Teaching is wonderful. However, if the passion has gone, due to a number of factors, then I don't think staying just because 'you won't find another job with the same pay' is a good enough reason to stay. I have considered moving on/having a break from main stream for at least 4 years and right now is the time to move on..regardless of pay. Okay I have no major outgoings and grown up children fending for themselves. However, I also think quality of life is important. I think you've nailed it. It isn't the age as such but it is how you are treated when you get to an age and pay stage that schools look more closely at. And most definitely undervalued for what you have contributed and how you can help be more of an asset but I guess, there are a number of insecure middle and senior leaders out there. This, perhaps is the real issue.
  13. needabreak

    needabreak Star commenter

    Indeed, can't argue with that. It's so transparent and common you'd think the HT's would be embarrassed to follow the same process that we all know about.
  14. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    In my late 40s, I felt the stress of teaching, coupled with changes at work resulting from an amalgamation with another school.
    Then life threatening illness came along, with a year to reflect on life, values and all the rest of it.
    When I recovered, I realised that teaching was "what I did".
    After the joy of recovery and a real welcome back, came the slow realisation that Phlogiston wasn't the science teacher they wanted any more.
    That was a bit of a soul searching moment. It turned out there were several other science teachers they didn't want either.
    After a bit of sniffing around, I took a not quite full time post with a charity, working with kids who have slipped through the cracks. All sorts of special needs and learning difficulties, but 5 years on, they (management and children) still like me, and I still enjoy the challenges of working with kids who can't hack mainstream.
    I'm now no longer in my 50s. I don't have any plans for retirement. Working from home during lockdown is oddly unsettling, especially as most of my social life has stopped.
    For someone with ASD traits, I quite like working with people.
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  15. catslovelycats

    catslovelycats New commenter

    My pension needs
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  16. petitebabe

    petitebabe New commenter


    Enjoyed reading your post ……. well you know what I mean. Very similar to myself...… Early 50's etc. Hate this lockdown, etc
  17. donrickles

    donrickles New commenter

    I also have ASD traits, but suit teaching, although at times some people misunderstand me as quirky etc. I was UPS3 top TLR when the sycophants came hunting with their lies and underhand tactics. l left with a payout mid 40 took time to reflect and now do Supply.
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  18. donrickles

    donrickles New commenter

    Your lucky to have a pension some of us have lost that perk.
  19. donrickles

    donrickles New commenter

    This job can seriously damage your health. Leaving perm can seriously damage your bank balance.
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  20. donrickles

    donrickles New commenter

    Personally I love the wonderful opportunities that teaching presents for you !
    and wave at them as they pass by.

    I enjoy the social interaction with some of the characters.

    I enjoy playing buzz word bingo with younger SLT.

    What I miss is a decent dinner hour where you can leave school and have a beer.
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