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"What makes your Job so Stressful"

Discussion in 'Education news' started by ridleyrumpus, Jan 2, 2019.

  1. drek

    drek Lead commenter

    A 2 week period over which one has to mark 600 or more questions, input the marks on a departmental data spreadsheet, then input the rendered progress grades on the school portal system.
    During this period, the usual after school meetings are not cancelled, the book marking checks remain on the calendar, learning/climate walks still go on and non urgent emails seem to increase exponentially.
    Yes teachers with difficult groups teaching 23 hours a week can manage and have done for years and years.......it's the weeks after that which are difficult to get through. Exhausted teachers and rudeness personified students are a disastrous combination and stress wise it ain't no walk in the park.
    Year after year.....we do it..... and in the last few years have done whilst being patronized, judged and told how much better we could be if we did this that and the other on top.....or else lose our jobs.
    That has been very very stressful.
    It feels good that everyone is finally open about all this, but I ache for all those who were driven out on their psychological knees by all the twits (with an a) in the system.
  2. schoolsout4summer

    schoolsout4summer Star commenter

    What makes my job so stressful?
    It used to be other teachers trying to show everyone how clever/great/hardworking etc they were, compared to everyone else.
    Now? A lack of Day2day Supply work.
    agathamorse, drek and thin_ice like this.
  3. thin_ice

    thin_ice New commenter

    Very true. There are some nasty characters out there.

    The “I’m outstanding” bunch.

    Like the ones on here who pretend to be rebels. Yawn.
    agathamorse, ridleyrumpus and drek like this.
  4. mishelli1990

    mishelli1990 New commenter

    What makes my job so stressful?

    the lack of onus on students for their own behaviour and outcomes,
    the pressure on teachers to achieve targets and grades, with no consideration taken for the students input to THEIR grades,
    observations and drop ins,
    work load
    micromanagement from SLT

    I could go on and on, but I am sure it is all things people are used to and also fed up of.

    Until the system changes and the attitudes of entitled students and target driven SLT changes, I think the system is well and truly broken and is extremely worrying for the future of education and the future generations. And teachers will continue to feel the burden day in and day out.
    agathamorse likes this.
  5. mistermanager

    mistermanager New commenter

    Agree with all these. Nowadays students are quite open and brazen in terms of vocalising their expectation that they should be 'entertained'. 'Sir this is dull... when can we do what we want?' Errr this is a course of learning... haha!! And trust me I have tried everything, including wearing a clown costume (actually!)
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  6. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter


    The two wide-eyed NQTs hired to replace me have now both left. One has gone into law. The other has quit teaching to start a well being crafts and arts company! And others quitting both within and outside old department. You really could not make it up. Job should have come with a health warning.
  7. kikoetgarcia

    kikoetgarcia New commenter

    For responsibility. I work in a lab. My job is to do some Genomics data analysis, so I am sooo busy. I always feel stressed. Nowadays, I'm busy with the project: genotyping by sequencing, and I will be glad if you can give me some advice.
  8. yodaami2

    yodaami2 Lead commenter

    On top of all said previously ;
    Not being able to do stuff that most of the people I know can do because it's on a school day. Watch nativity plays, go to your child's reward assembly, attend a funeral, etc without having to ask and run the risk of being told no. We should be given say 3-5 days unpaid if necessary that we can take any time with say a months notice, no questions asked.
    Those days have passed in the main for me. But I've seen teaching and support staff crying over refusals.
    A relative who teaches in the US has paid duvet days, she can just phone in the day before and say she's catching up with marking or whatever. She's had at least 2 this year, not sure how many she gets.
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  9. davidgreams

    davidgreams New commenter

    The worst part is the knowledge that the slightest slip up could cost huge numbers of people their lives.

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