Six years of study. Three and a half years in the classroom. Too much money spent on class supplies, books and countless other things. And I’m
walking running away.
On the first day of my undergraduate degree I vividly remember the unit chair’s first address. He started with the statistics. The statistics that said more than half of us would drop out before the end of the degree and that of those who made it, almost half would walk away from the profession in the first five years.
I remember being shocked and also telling anyone who would listen that I would not be a statistic.
Oh, to be young.
So as my days left in the classroom dwindle and the last day of my teaching career approaches, here are the 17 reasons why I am leaving teaching:
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1. I am desperate to leave school. I am 26 years old and I have spent too long only eating when school bells tell me to.
2. Too many parents see me as a glorified babysitter. I worked bloody hard for my degrees.
3. The fear of nits consumes me. Don’t even get me started on gastro.
4. Kids, no matter how beautiful, will talk over you when they are in a big group and I can only sit ‘waiting’ so many times a day.
5. I became a teacher to do just that, teach, but it is so much more and the emphasis is placed on all the wrong things.
6. There are only so many times that I can explain the difference between ‘there, their and they’re’. Part of me is dead.