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The problems of being an ex-teacher

Discussion in 'Personal' started by monicabilongame, Oct 25, 2015.

  1. monicabilongame

    monicabilongame Star commenter

    1. Owning enough colouring pencils, rulers, pens, glue sticks, rubbers & sharpeners etc., for a whole class that you bought because your department 'had no budget left' and which you took with you when you left because, after all, you bought them out of your own money.

    2. Finding textbooks you took home to do planning from, and forgot you had until several months after you left, and realising it would be too embarrassing to have to drop them into your old school now (not least because they've probably changed exam boards now).

    3. Owning other books that you only bought because they related directly to school - eg. behaviour management / subject interest - and wondering if the charity shop can use them because all the teachers you know already have them.

    4. Browsing in shops and thinking 'oh, I could use that for'.... and then realising you can't because you don't work there any more - and feeling a bit cheated out of some creative resource-making fun.

    5. Finding you explain everything to people in at least three different ways, and then realising that their eyes are glazing over not because they don't get it but because they got it the first time and are too polite to tell you to shut up.

    6. Buying an academic diary even though you don't need one any more, because it still fits in with your concept of the structure of the year.

    7. Having to pay for your own photocopying now, instead of sneaking in the odd sheet in between department jobs.

    8. That weird feeling you get when you meet an ex-colleague and know that in their minds, you are now 'other', and no longer a part of their insular school existence and finding there's nothing much to talk about any more.
    cosmosinfrance, lizziescat and nomad like this.
  2. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    Being accosted, whenever you go out, by a parent whose child you once taught but whose name you don't remember, saying 1) "You're looking well" 2) "How's retirement treating you?" 3) "Do you know what x (their child who it now appears is pushing 30 or 40) is doing now?"
    monicabilongame likes this.
  3. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    Realising that you can't drive to anywhere on time between 08:30 and 09:15 because of all the bloody school run traffic that you missed when you were teaching because you got into work early.

    Realising that you can't drive to anywhere on time between 15:00 and 16:00 because of all the bloody school run traffic that you missed when you were teaching because you left work late.

    Ex-ICT teacher problem - not having air-conditioning when it gets too hot in your office at home.

    Ex-supply teacher problem - struggling to remember which school the ex-pupil who says 'hello' in the street was from, never mind their name.

    An overwhelming and insufferable sense of smugness when you take a holiday in what used to be term time.

    A realisation that in some foreign parts the sun still shines and it's still warm in September and even October. Talk about the undiscovered country.

    Running out of printer paper, pens and pencils at home because you no longer have a school stock cupboard.

    Still wanting to hurl things at Michael Gove even though you're not a teacher any more and he's no longer an Education Secretary.
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  4. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

    Still wanting to hurl things at Michael Gove even though you're not a teacher any more and he's no longer an Education Secretary.[/QUOTE]

    Oh yes!

    And Nicola Morgan and Nick Gibb
    ilovesooty and monicabilongame like this.
  5. maurice-r

    maurice-r Established commenter

    I retired seven years ago and have had no such problems whatsoever.
  6. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    I ran out of scrap paper recently for the first time in decades, the last piece I used had an agenda for a 2008 department meeting on the back. Had to buy a pack of plain paper from Tesco! In doing so I worked out that my frugality and hoarding of paper that has only been used on one side only has saved me maybe £10 or £20 in the last 30 years or so.
  7. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    Well, I never! What a saving. I reckon the drinks are on you.
  8. monicabilongame

    monicabilongame Star commenter

    What to do with a 'verbal feedback given' stamp in green?
  9. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    Send it to one of your old SMT with a set of instructions on its placement.
    monicabilongame likes this.
  10. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    Carry it in your pocket and stamp anyone you talk to.
  11. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    I stamped "Excellent - House Point" on my last tax return.
    Noja, Ladykaza, ilovesooty and 6 others like this.
  12. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    The very definition of "too much time on his hands".
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  13. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    On a slightly less jovial note, one of the problems I've had with being an ex-teacher is that I now work in a different province of my local council's vast empire. It is obvious to me that they're trying to change this department's mode of working in much the same way that they changed the majority of high schools to academies over the last 5 or 6 years. I'm seeing all the same tactics, hearing all the same bogus promises of 'staff consultation', seeing reform-friendly people being appointed to influential positions with meaningless titles, going to tedious meetings where people optimistically write suggestions on little postcards that I know will all be binned, I'm having to watch powerpoints, read endless management speak blurb in corporate newsletters, fill in survey forms, and I just want to scream 'AAARGH DEJA VU!' at the top of my voice. The one thing I'm certain will happen is this department will not be kept running as it was before, regardless of what the survey forms tell them. I remember how 'The Student Voice' was constantly quoted at us as justification for making changes that only our leaders wanted. Oh and guess what? They've just introduced performance management and personal targets.

    But what the hell, it's only a part-time job which I don't do for the pay, I have a pension and other means of making a living, and when the ******** starts rising to waist height I can leave any time I like. I just feel sorry for those who are in it full-time.
    lizziescat and monicabilongame like this.
  14. xena-warrior

    xena-warrior Star commenter

    I can't think of any problems apart from the sheer drop in salary. Anything remotely teachery I took back to school and "exchanged" it for reams of A4. I've never run out since. Lesson plans, SoW - all left behind, help yourself. Anything else lurking round the house - shredded.
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  15. Dragonlady30

    Dragonlady30 Star commenter

    I miss nt having a second bedroom as it contains a number of curver boxes of 'stuff'. One lot represents 37 years at one school, and two much smaller lots represent one year at a 6th form college and another is the result of one year at a secondary school. I have a bit of 'on supply' stuff too. I'm now working in a shop and am on 3 months trial If all is well, I've promised OH that I will dispose of everything.
    Does anyone want a huge selection of CGP English books? :D
    lanokia likes this.
  16. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Just chuck it. Load of rubbish! ;)

    Yes, the salary. @xena-warrior has that right.

    Nothing else.

    Cost/benefit analysis. When the joy I derived from working with the students was outweighed by the impatience at having to put up with the stream of bull then it was 'make a sharp exit'.Grexit.
  17. marymoocow

    marymoocow Star commenter

    After 2 years I am now down to my last bag of teacher stuff. I've gradually whittled it down. This last lot of good stuff is going to a friend in a charity preschool. I could have donated lots to my old school, but given the way they treated me and that most of the resources I used were bought by me, they can stuff it. Anyway by me taking away the resources and leaving them with practically nothing, they had to finally spend money on it, so I did the kids and the new teacher a favour. I actually enjoyed going around souvenir shops this year for myself rather than to buy things for school.
    I miss the decent felt tips, but then I don't have a need for them any more.
    I miss being able to raid the dressing up box for fancy dress.
    I love feeling 'normal.' and having 'normal' grown up conversations, that don't revolve around work.
    I love having friends that aren't teachers again and going out to socialise.
    I love the breaks away in term time with my OH, going on my 3rd next week this year.
    I love arriving and leaving work on time and leaving work at the door. (Took a while to get used to that, especially as I had staff shooing me out of the door if I even stayed 5 mins over)
    Problems with being an ex teacher......Nah!
  18. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

    Still have a shelf full of text books - just in case. Binned masses of past papers and worksheets a few weeks ago, and was quite horrified at the hours and hours of my life wasted on creating them.
    After having renewed my DBS in the summer, I've decided I really don't want to do any more supply. We'll see...
  19. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

    I might be able to live up to my username :)
  20. xena-warrior

    xena-warrior Star commenter

    More chance of that than me living up to mine!
    Dunteachin likes this.

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