So You Don't Want to Teach Anymore? Here Are 7 Guesses Why (2023)

Today marks exactly one year without teaching.To acknowledgethe occasion, let metake you behind the scenes of my blog and share the number one phrase — BY FAR — that brings people to my site:

I don’t want to teach anymore.

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The proof. These phrases crop up every single time my “Top Searches” are refreshed.

A plethora of versions abound.Done being a teacher. Don’t want to teach. I can’t teach anymore.People punch these thingsinto Google, and Google sends them here, because algorithms are strange, enigmatic beasts that I will never fully understand. These stressed-to-the-max, ready-to-quiteducators keep finding their way to my blog, and it’s sort of weird becauseI’ve never written a post about that.

It’s time. It’s time to write a post about that.

In the twelve years I was a high school English teacher, I watched people leave the profession in droves. Some abandoned shipbefore they even boarded: a couplecolleaguesin my graduating class completed their student teaching, collected their college diploma, and promptly went back to school for an entirely different degree. Some hung in there for a handful of years before eventually succumbing to cynicism and fatigue. Aprecious few retired with a full career in their rearview —but, like Nancie Atwell, even they might advise the potential teachersof today to choose something else. The climate is different. The culture is different. The system is breaking, and educators are scattering to avoid the inevitable crushing debris when it all comes crumbling down.

I hope you will join the conversation.

I did not choose to leave— which means that maybe I didn’t have the cojones my Google searchersdo, to look around and take stock of my situation and say, I’m done. To make my own decision. I let fate and a cross-country movemake it for me, and there are a lot of incredible things about teaching that I really miss.

Actually, there are only two: my colleagues, and my kids.

They are the incredible things.

But everything else? I won’t go into detail about the budget cuts or the massive class sizesor the average salary, as that’s allbeen discussed ad nauseam. I’m not going to talk about the bone-deep exhaustion that comes frombeing onstage all day, or the drowning sensation that follows you home on nights and weekends when you have hundreds of papers to grade.

These are the otherthings — the stuffyou might only understandif you havea key to the teachers’ lounge.

1. You are an “authority figure” with no real authority.

A friend once told me, “You have no idea what it’s like to have a real job — something with deadlines and adults breathing down your neck. You get to be your own boss.” The sheer ignorance of herdeclaration has stuck with me for years, and still needles me — mostly because that line of thinkingis an extremelycommonmisconception.

When weclose ourdoor each day and stride to the front of the classroom, it’s easy to fall prey to the illusion that we are in charge. It’syour name on thatdoor, after all, so you must be the boss.

Reality check: you are not the boss.

Parents are the boss of you. The administration is the boss of you. Common Core is the boss of you. The students can sense it, which occasionallyleads to comments like, “Myparents pay your salary, you know.” Truth. And because of that truth, there is often immense pressureto compromise your integrity: to pass a child whohas not demonstrated mastery, to allow an extension on a paperyou assigned two months ago, to give less homework or different projectsor more lenient grades, because sometimes you are expected toavoidrockingthe boat.

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2. Your day does not resemble that of a typical white-collar professional.

Despite my aforementioned friend’s ignorance, I’ll give her this:sometimes you arepainfully aware that your “real job” does seemsuspiciously different from other “real jobs” whichrequire a college degree.

Here are the things your friends cando at work:

1. Pee
2. Get coffee
3. Spend fifteenminutes chatting leisurely with a colleague
4. Go out to lunch
5. Complete paperwork and other job-related tasks during the actual work day
6. Sit down occasionally

I’m pretty sure the real reason summer break exists is because the School Gods counted up all the secondsyoudon’t get to use the bathroom and handed them back to youin one big chunk. Twenty-five-minute lunches are not conducive to nice, relaxing meals beyond the building’swalls,and you can only relieve yourselfduring passing time — which, unfortunately, is the only opportunity all the OTHERteachers haveto take care of business.

Because you know what else is the boss of you? The bell schedule.

3. Everyone thinks they know how to do your job. EVERYONE.

Adding to the sting of your not-in-charge-ness, manypeople who ARE in charge have literally never taught a day in their lives— anda lotof them arepretty sure they know how to do it better than you.

Mostpeoplehave lights in their home, but that doesn’t make themelectricians. My husbanddoesn’t know how tomanage a restaurant just because we’vegone out to eat. Can I profess to be an expert on successful lawyering because I watch Law & Order: SVU once a week?

Surely, teaching is different, though, right? At some point, just about everyone has satin a classroom. Wewere students, after all. We watched our teachers — some we loved, some not so much — and because ofthat lengthy, multi-year observation we assume we know what they do for a living, because we sat in a classroom for years and years and years, and we watched them, andthatmustbe enough research.Six, seven, eight hours a day, ever since preschool, everyone has seen this job, so everyone is allowed to have an opinion.

But even brand new teachers can tell: the view looks a whole lot different from behind the podium. So when yourhigh, high, highest-ups are committees of people who only know what it’s like to be a student, it feels akin toa team of accountantstrying to wire a building.

You know what’s probably going to happen? That sucker’s going up in flames.

4. You wanted to foster imagination, not slaughter it.

For a while now, teachers have been battling anincreasing pressure to “teach to the test.” Despite our banshee-esque warning cries, this situation is not improving. Courses with “real-world” value(home economics, for example, or shop class) are dying a not-so-gradual death, as there is no “Foods & Nutrition” section on the SAT. Art and music programs are still in grave danger— and, in some districts, have already been slashed to ribbons.

An elementary school teacher I know — who is a part of one of the wealthiest, most reputable districts in her state — attended a recent meeting where staff members wereinstructed to “drastically limit or entirely eliminate” story time. “It’s not differentiated enough,” they were told, “and therefore is a waste of valuable class time.” THE KIDS ARE IN THIRDGRADE. They deserve to gather around a rocking chair and feed their imaginations. They deserve the magic of a captivatingstory. Theydeserve to learn that you can read for pleasure instead of strictlyfor information.

“Core” high school classes aren’t immune to the damage, either. Elsewhere, in an entirely different part of the country, a ninth-grade teacher-friend of mine was askedto abandon anyeducationalmath gamesand “make more of an effort to spoon-feed, please.”English teachers look onhelplessly as more and more works of fiction areplucked from the curriculum and replaced by fact-driven nonfiction. Even though we’re sometimes invited to join curriculum committees (as I did) under the guise that we might have a say, it’s ultimately just a ruse: we have only as much freedom as our national and state standards allow. At the moment, there is a relentless push toward FACTS. DATA. STATISTICS.

That doesn’t leave very much room for make-believe.

But here’s the thing:discussions about fictionlead to rich discussions about life, whichdrivessomething much more important than the growth of a student — it guides the growth of a human being.

5. The technology obsessionis making you CRAZY.

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Our beloved works of fiction aren’t just getting elbowed aside by facts and figures. They’re also beingtrounced by the frenetic crush of technology. “The children must learn ALL THE TECH!” everyone shouts, flailing their arms and stampeding toward the nearest Apple store. “It is the way of the future!”

Then why are some big-shot technology CEOssending their kids to computer-free Waldorf Schools? There’s an app — er, areason — for that.

This one is tricky. OF COURSE, as teachers, our job isto adapt to the changing times. But I might argue that our job is also to challenge our students withsomething new— and, to this generation, technology is not new. In fact, it is all they know. Our kidsdon’t needmore of it — most of them have been swiping and zooming and smartphone-ing since they were toddlers — and they continue to do itright in the middle of your (probably fact-driven) lecture about some (probably nonfiction) book, by the way. It’s incredibly frustrating whenall that glorious innovation serves as more of a distraction than a learning tool.

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I’m not trying to get all Yeah, well, back in MY day…on you. But, um, back in my day — look, even a decade ago — it felt a little simpler to practice using something TRULY innovative: our brains. Thatability is disappearing, in large part because technology has eliminated the need to wonder.

One of my favorite lessons to teach involved a set of four philosophical questions. I typed them up and distributed them to my sophomores, who were allowed to work in groups.

2006: The studentswondered about the answers, pondered the possibilities together, bounced ideas back and forth.

2015: The students said, “I’ll Google it.”

“No,” I said. “This is a Google-less assignment. You need to THINK.” They stared at me, agape, and in a mild state of panic.

They grumbled, but then they put the technology away, and they turned to their peers,and they wondered.

Though we teachers tend to stick together, Ialso have a group of friends and family with a wide rangeof careers— they run the gamut from successful marketers to mechanicalengineers to human resource managers. All of them have interviewed prospective employees for over a decade, and all of them nowhave a similarcomplaint: it’s becoming close toimpossibleto find candidates they actually want to hire.

The three C’s peoplesuddenly seem to be missing? Curiosity, creativity, and communication skills.

Technology is wonderful — nay, necessary — for a plethora ofthings, but it’s killing those beautiful C’s. And as a teacher, youdon’t just witnessthedeath, you are expectedto assist in themurder. Because of standardized expectations, youmustincorporate more and more tech, even when all you want to do is take a hammer to anything with a screen.

6. All the entitlement and the trophies and the apathy and whatever.

The air inside your classroom walls is probably thick with the stench of“It’s not my fault, it’s yourfault,” and it sure seems likethe smell is coming from the students.

Ironically, this is nottheir fault.

Like cigarette smoke, it gets carried in from home, rising from their backpacks, woven through the threads of their clothes and the fibers of their upbringing. Their whole lives, they have received copious awards and accolades just for playing — NOT for excelling — so it’s no wonder kids have come to expect an A “because I tried.” But sometimes a D paper is just a D, which doesn’t necessarily mean that Johnny has an evil teacher. It means that Johnny might have actually earned a D this time. It means he might not have written a perfect paper. It means he needs to stop waiting until THE VERY LAST SECONDto startan essay he’s known about for three weeks.

But Johnny doesn’t know it means all that, because what he hearsat the dinner table is that his parents areUNBELIEVABLY ANGRY that his teacher had the nerve —the nerve!— to give their baby a D. (Brace yourself for the irate phone call in the morning.)

Of course, for every helicopter parent, there is a devastatingly absentee parent, as well as an equal number who areso remarkablysupportive that you wonder if they’re even real. They are warm and generous and responsible. You tell them at conferences, You are REALLY doing something right,and you mean it.

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I hope I will be that kind of parent.

I became a mothera few years ago, and I must shamefully admit I get it now. My children ARE special. My children DO try. I do not EVER want them to feel like they are anything less than the most important people in the world. When my daughter’s preschool notetells me she was not a good listener that day, I feel frustrated and helpless and a little bit sure the teacher is just being too demanding.When sheran her first Toddler Turkey Trot lastNovember,the people in charge asked if I wanted to buy her a medal. “Um, obviously,” I said. “She willobviously, absolutelyget a medal.” Without hesitation, I forked over my money and contributed to the Trophy Generation Fund.

As a parent, I understand.

But as a teacher, this is what you wish you couldsay:Stopmaking excuses for your kids. STOP IT. Teach them to earn things, not demand things. Hold them to a higher standard. Challenge them.That way, when I try to challenge them, they’ll know weboth expect it.

They’ll know weare on the same team.

Left to their own devices, the kids will be the first to tell you: Yeah, I totally forgot about that assignment. I didn’t really try my best. I just didn’t feel like finishing the reading. Whoops — sorry, Ms. B!They’ll cringe at you with raised eyebrows and endearing self-awareness. They nod emphatically when you analyze the apropos theme of “Harrison Bergeron,” and they laugh uproariously when you pull a pretend trophy from your deskand give it a quick shine as soon as they catch themselves in the act of whining.

They know. Deep down, they know exactly what’s going on. They are smarter than that, and they are capable of more failures — and consequently, more successes — than the world is allowing them to experience.

7. There is no reliable way to assess who is ACTUALLY good at this.

If you’re a teacher worth your salt, this might be the most troublingof the bunch.

In order for peopleto really know how well you’redoing your job, they have to watch you do it. But when there is only one administrator forevery thirty-plus teachers, adequate observation time is often a physical impossibility. Even if an administrator’s ONLY JOB was to sit in classroom after classroom, there would still be too few hours in the day — and principals and assistant principals are responsible for a lot more than staff assessments. Between the scheduling and standardized-test-organizing and discipline issues andparent phone calls and endlesson- and off-campus meetings, sometimes even a ten-minute walk-through is an achievement.

Not to mention the embarrassing issue of content area expertise: how can an administrator with a history degreeassess whether or not a physics teacher is delivering accurate information? How can an assistant principal with a sciencebackgroundcritique an English teacher’s lessons about sentence structure?

Depending upon your stateand your years of experience, you might be observed anywhere from oncea month to once every couple of years.Who knows what magic is happening in your classroom all those other days? So in the meantime, lawmakers and district higher-ups are scrambling to figure out a way to fill in the blanks.

A popularbright idea is to examine students’ test scores. In theory, this should work — but in practice, you’ve got to be kidding. Students are not products tumblingoffa cookie-cutterassembly line. They arehuman beings, and there are thirty-five of them per class period, and they are influenced by FAR more than yesterday’svocabulary lesson. You are not in charge of how well they slept, or the breakup that happened last week, or iftheir family has enough money for breakfast— but all of those things affect test scores. So do IEPs, 504 plans, and whether or not you are teaching an AP or Honors class filled with students who mightperform well with or without your help.

As more and more districts begin to adopt this nonsensical practice, who will teach the kids who are struggling? Which educatorswill potentially sacrifice their own careers to guidethe students who work hard for a D+? Some of thevery best teachers do that now, withonly intrinsic motivation working to retain them.

Another method isto placethe burden of proof upon the teacher. Each year, there isadifferent set of goals to accomplish — some you set yourself, and some that have almost nothingto do with your specific classroom environment — and it is up to you to prove you’ve met them.

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So instead of spending your prep hour — or your Sunday night — creating abrilliant lesson plan or grading the ten dozenessays you just collected, you mustspend that time figuring out how to meet arbitrary goals and initiatives that will become irrelevant andobsolete by the following school year. After that, you must waste utilize class time implementing said goals and initiatives, and then you must spend more prep timeand Sunday nights writing reports toprovehow well you implemented them. That, combined with your students’ test scores, shall determine whether or not you are an effective educator.

Can I pleasejust talk aboutOf Mice and Meninstead? Can we spend that time learning why some words on a page just madeuscry a little bit? That’s the important stuff. That’s what matters. Those are the things that teach us who we are.

Here are the other things that matter: Helping a group ofstudents work through a disagreement civilly. Keeping everyone calm when someone vomits on the floor. Watching the shyest student in your class, the one whonever ever spokeback in September,volunteer to read a part inThe Crucible — and he’s hilarious, and he does itwith an accent, and he makes two new friends because he finally let himself be vulnerable.

Your job is so much more than test scores, meaninglessgoals, and cyclical initiatives. It is tying shoelaces and distributing Band-Aids. It is listeningto a parent cry about her crumbling marriage. It is showing teenagers how to debate thoughtfully, how to think critically, how to disagree respectfully. It is hearing from studentsten years after graduation, because they just thought you should know it was your Spanishclass that made them want to study abroad, your passion for sciencethat ledto a major in biochemistry, your quiet encouragement during their dark daysthat convinced them to keep coming to school in the first place.

Where does that fall on the “Highly Effective” checklist? How can you documentthat kind of delayed impact? It certainly can’t be measured by A’s and E’s, or even by weekly walk-throughs. It’s no wonderyou’re getting frustrated.

It’s no wonder you don’t want to do this anymore.

But if these are the reasons you might leave, here is the reason you might stay: the kids, man.The kids. After a year without them, you might miss their unbridled school spirit during Homecoming Week, their contagious sense of humor, the way they draw pictures for youand wave joyous hellosin the hallways. You might miss their ability to make you forget about therough start to your morning, or the looks of awe on theircaptivatedfaces when they finally learn something that matters.

If it weren’t for them, instead of Googling “I don’t want to teach anymore,” you might already be gone.






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Why do teachers not want to teach anymore? ›

A whopping 44% of teachers leave the field after five years or fewer. Most teachers cite a lack of support for both students and themselves, low pay, and poor working conditions that can affect their mental and physical health, as their reasons for exiting this career.

Why do people not want to teach? ›

Lack of Respect

Teaching can sometimes feel like a thankless job, especially when dealing with difficult students or family members. In addition to dealing with difficult students or family members, some teachers also feel micromanaged by administrators.

How do I know its time to leave teaching? ›

9 Signs Leaving Teaching is the Right Choice
  • Sunday Scaries. ...
  • Life Out of Balance. ...
  • Taking Stress Home. ...
  • Low-Self Esteem. ...
  • It's Not Meant to Be. ...
  • Leaving Teaching because the Spark is Gone.
  • Career Quicksand. ...
  • Leaving Teaching because you've become a Negative Nelly.

What should I do if I don't want to be a teacher anymore? ›

Guidance Counselor

If you don't want to work in a classroom anymore but love working with and helping students, a guidance counselor might be a great fit for you. But guidance counselors don't just work at schools. There are also positions for them in adult career centers, companies, charities, and even government.

Why do teachers lose their passion to teach? ›

Studies point to a number of factors that can lead to teacher burnout, including lack of support, student behavior problems, lack of adequate training for the demands of the job, and plain old boredom. I would also add the inability to find work/life balance.

Why so many teachers are quitting? ›

Many of the predominant challenges teachers face, including safety concerns, low salaries, funding deficits and declining mental health, are not new issues — but the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has intensified existing problems within the profession.

What are 3 disadvantages of being a teacher? ›

6 cons of being a teacher
  • Breaks without pay. Although some districts may follow a year-round schedule, most districts use a schedule that provides students and teachers with summers off for breaks. ...
  • Budgetary challenges. ...
  • Professional development days. ...
  • Varied learning styles. ...
  • Workload. ...
  • Student performance evaluation.
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What makes a poor teacher? ›

Having great communication skills and professionalism is essential to being a good teacher. A lack of skills and experience in this area can lead to poor teacher performance and less student engagement. Teachers who don't challenge their students do a massive disservice to their pupils.

Why is failure the biggest teacher? ›

It teaches us about ourselves.

When we fail, we learn things about ourselves that we would never have known otherwise. We learn what we're good at, and what we need to work on. This self-knowledge is invaluable, and it can help us to be our best selves.

What do teachers do when they stop teaching? ›

  • Educational sales representative.
  • Realtor.
  • Educational consultant.
  • Grant writer.
  • Standardized test developer.
  • Human resources (HR) manager.
  • Learning specialist.
  • Curriculum developer.

What do most teachers do when they leave teaching? ›

For example, if you're an English teacher, the transition to a freelance writer could be a logical career move.
  • Childcare Worker. ...
  • Sales Representative. ...
  • Financial Advisor. ...
  • Freelance Writer. ...
  • Corporate Trainer. ...
  • Tour Guide. ...
  • Human Resource Specialist. ...
  • Digital Marketer.
May 5, 2022

How long does the average teacher last? ›

Years of teaching experience and grade level taughtTotalSuburban
Average number of years14.314.0
Years of teaching experience
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What career can a teacher switch to? ›

Here are several career options for former teachers to consider:
  • Occupational therapist assistant. National average salary: $418 per week. ...
  • Life skills trainer. National average salary: $13.02 per hour. ...
  • Activities director. ...
  • Photographer. ...
  • Medical assistant. ...
  • Event planner. ...
  • Babysitter/Nanny. ...
  • Curator.
5 days ago

Can you walk out of a teaching job? ›

Once you are certain that you intend to resign from your current teaching position you will need to let your employer know as soon as you can. This will mean writing a notice of resignation in the form of a professional letter, stating the relevant dates and reason for leaving.

What can I do with a teaching degree but don t want to teach? ›

Detailed List of the 18 Best Jobs for Teachers Who Don't Want to Teach
  • Standardized Test Developer. Average Annual Salary: $82,000. ...
  • Educational Policy Analyst. Average Annual Salary: $63,000. ...
  • Career Counselor. ...
  • Human Resources Manager. ...
  • Guidance Counselor. ...
  • Academic Administrator. ...
  • Substance Abuse Counselor. ...
  • Prison Educator.
Aug 30, 2022

Is teaching a stressful job? ›

New research from the RAND Corporation finds teachers and principals report frequent job-related stress at twice the rate of the general population of working adults. “Educators continue to report relatively worse well-being than other working adults,” said Elizabeth D.

Why do teachers lose respect? ›

They still treat students like KIDS! They scold, shout for no/small reason! We all must agree that students are mature enough to take right decision about their career; they just require mentoring and valuable guidance. Over-pampering, forcing your views on them may results into losing your respect in their mind.

At what age do most teachers retire? ›

This means that someone who enters teaching before age 25 with a bachelor's and accumulates 30 or more years of service can usually retire sometime between age 55 and 60. In most states teachers are eligible for retirement without penalty once they turn 60 even with less than 30 years of service.

Why are teachers quitting 2023? ›

The priority now must be to keep teachers in the classroom, and that means addressing working conditions. Workload is consistently cited as one of the main reasons for teachers leaving early, but despite promises to address it there has been little progress on the issue.

What state has the highest teacher shortage? ›

For the 2022-2023 school year, Michigan had the most teacher shortages in math, science, world languages, health and physical fitness, art and music, language arts, English as a second language, special education, social studies and career and technical education, according to U.S. Department of Education data.

What are the 2 biggest challenges facing teachers today? ›

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  • Understanding the different learning challenges amongst students. ...
  • Student family problems & bullying. ...
  • Lack of funding. ...
  • Lack of effective communication. ...
  • Being encouraging and motivating under challenging times. ...
  • Disciplining students. ...
  • Endless paperwork & extended working hours.

What is the average teacher salary? ›

Find out what the average Teacher salary is

The average teacher salary in Ireland is € 37 538 per year or € 19.25 per hour. Entry-level positions start at € 30 000 per year, while most experienced workers make up to € 48 812 per year.

Do teachers really not make a lot of money? ›

In 2020, with 250,000 records available, we see the median total pay of full-time teachers was $91,067. Median total compensation – including benefits – was $119,422. These are facts, from actual data. But it's expensive to live in our state.

What are bad habits of teachers? ›

Talking a lot

Most teachers talk too much in the classroom. They want to explain things well, help energize others, enjoy communicating what they know, etc. Regardless of the reasons, teachers should bring down their TTT (Teacher Talking Time) and encourage their students to talk more.

How common are bad teachers? ›

But with experience, the district has determined that only about 1.5 percent of teachers are unsatisfactory, and another two or three percent receive a rating of “needs improvement.”

What is the hardest thing about becoming a teacher? ›

Many said they struggle with the emotional burden of teaching children going through difficulties at home. Other issues include having parents berate them for their child's bad grades, and constantly needing to teach to a standardized test.

Are failure teachers better than success? ›

It's a widely accepted truism that “failure is a better teacher than success.” We're all familiar with the inspiring tales of people who failed again and again but built upon the lessons learned from that failure to achieve their long-sought goal eventually.

Will the teacher shortage get worse? ›

News from EPI New report shows the national teacher shortage has only gotten worse since the pandemic. A new Economic Policy Institute report documents the size and scope of the long-standing teacher shortage in the United States, which has been exacerbated by the pandemic.

What kind of job can a former teacher get? ›

Here are our picks for the top 10 jobs for former teachers.
  • Education Administrator. Median Annual Salary (May 2021) ...
  • Training and Development Manager. ...
  • Education Consultant. ...
  • Postsecondary Education Administrator. ...
  • Museum Director. ...
  • Human Resources Manager. ...
  • Instructional Coordinator. ...
  • Education Policy Analyst.

What state treats teachers the best? ›

Overall ranking of best and worst states for teachers in 2022
RankStateOverall score
1New York3.80
4New Jersey4.77
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May 31, 2022

Where do teachers go after quitting? ›

Leadership roles in community service are often a good fit for people who've left the teaching profession. Many youth organizations and retirement communities have positions for people skilled at planning, coordinating, and leading fun recreational or educational activities.

Is it OK to quit teaching? ›

While teaching most certainly is an admirable career, there's nothing wrong with wanting a change. Many teachers enter the profession without the desire to move up into administration or other district roles. If that sounds like you, know that there are other options when you step outside of the school system.

What is the burnout rate for teachers? ›

In the United States, 44% of teachers in K-12 education said they very often or always feel burned out at work, while for college or university teachers, the figure was 35%. These are the top two occupations among 14 listed in the 2022 Gallup Poll on occupational burnout.

What are the signs of teacher burnout? ›

Some common signs of teacher burnout include:
  • Feeling stressed or irritable all the time.
  • Feeling tired.
  • Having sleep issues (sleeping too much or having insomnia from worry)
  • Feeling sad or overwhelmed when thinking about teaching.
  • Not enjoying teaching.
  • Gaining or losing weight.
  • Unexplained hair loss.
Sep 15, 2022

Do teachers live the longest? ›

An apple a day. Nationwide, Teachers have the longest average lifespan of any public employee, according to the Society of Actuaries. Men who teach live on average until nearly 88 years old, while women who teach live on average to be 90, according to a Society of Actuaries study.

What is the average age of a new teacher? ›

In both those states, more than 70 percent of teachers begin their careers by age 25, and more than 85 percent enter the profession at some point in their 20s. In contrast, states like California and New Mexico have very different patterns.

What other jobs can teachers do to make more money? ›

  • 31 Side Hustles for Teachers: How to Make Extra Money. table of contents. Tutoring. Online tutoring platforms for teachers. Get involved with after-school programs. Be a summer school teacher. Become a camp counselor. Coach sports teams. ...
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What kind of teacher is in high demand? ›

According California's reported statewide academic disciplines or subject matter areas most in need are: English/Drama/Humanities, History/Social Science, Math/Computer Education, Science, and Special Education.

How do I get out of teaching? ›

How to Transition Out of Teaching in 4 Steps
  1. Decide on a Timeline to Leave Teaching. It's one thing to say we're ready to leave the classroom. ...
  2. Make an Exit Plan (& Find Jobs for Teachers Who Leave Teaching) ...
  3. Process Your Feelings About Leaving Teaching. ...
  4. Boost Your Confidence.
Dec 3, 2021

What happens if you leave teaching without notice? ›

It is important to note that if you leave your school/college without giving the required notice period, this could be seen as a breach of contract, as well as having a detrimental impact on any reference provided by the school/college.

Can teachers be fired anytime? ›

Teacher Tenure

Most states protect teachers in public schools from arbitrary dismissal through tenure statutes. Under these tenure statutes, once a teacher has attained tenure, his or her contract renews automatically each year.

What happens if you quit teaching in the middle of the year? ›

If you have signed a contract to teach for a designated academic year, leaving mid-year could be considered a breach of contract, and technically, legal action could be taken. Your teaching license may be revoked or suspended.

How do you transition out of teaching? ›

6 New Careers For Teachers To Transition Into
  1. Instructional Design. If you like creating learning material that caters to the learner's specific needs, then this is a great career choice for you. ...
  2. Corporate Training. ...
  3. Business And Educational Consultancy. ...
  4. Human Resources. ...
  5. Editing And Copywriting. ...
  6. UX/LX Design.
Dec 3, 2022

Can you teach kids without a degree? ›

All states require teachers to have a license to teach in the public school systems. A bachelor's degree is also considered a minimum requirement for full-time teachers in K-12 schools across the country.

Can you teach a subject you don't have a degree in? ›

Yes, it's done all the time, if the institution will allow it. Usually, it requires you have a minor or a few classes in the field. In the U.S., vocational classes are often taught by people who lack a degree but have several years experience in the field and have a desire to teach.

What year do most teachers quit? ›

44% of teachers leave within the first five years in the profession. (That's well over a third of new teachers.) In general, newer teachers are 2 ½ times more likely to quit than those who are tenured. Regardless, an astounding 8% of teachers start over with a new career each year.

Why is teaching so hard right now? ›

Teaching is arguably more difficult now than it has ever been for a variety of reasons, including learner behavior, fast-changing technology, and poor compensation.

What jobs are teachers leaving to? ›

Below you'll find our recommendations of the 13 top professions for teachers leaving the classroom in 2023.
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Will teachers ever be replaced? ›

For all these reasons, it is unlikely that software or a robot will replace human teachers any time soon. It is even less likely if you consider that implementing robots in the classroom is not economically scalable, and does not bring major financial benefits.

Is there really a teacher shortage? ›

As the most populous state in the country, it's no surprise that California has the largest number of public school students in the nation. But the state is having a hard time keeping up. One study found 80 percent of California school districts reported a shortage of qualified teachers for the 2017-18 school year.

Why are so many teachers leaving 60 minutes? ›

In schools around the country, teachers say they're overwhelmed and overburdened. And because of the shabby treatment they feel they're receiving, they're quitting the profession. On 60 Minutes, current and former teachers have blamed an archaic education system for the crisis.

What is the most difficult thing as a teacher? ›

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  4. Lack of effective communication. ...
  5. Being encouraging and motivating under challenging times. ...
  6. Disciplining students. ...
  7. Endless paperwork & extended working hours.

How stressful is being a teacher? ›

Teachers and school leaders are more than twice as likely to be stressed as other working adults, according to a new survey. Educators were also more likely to suffer from burnout or depression than the general working population, and to admit that they are not coping well with job-related stress.

Do most teachers quit? ›

The survey found that 1 in 5 teachers say they will likely leave the profession in the next three years, including 1 in 7 who say they will definitely leave.

Can I just walk out of a teaching job? ›

Once you are certain that you intend to resign from your current teaching position you will need to let your employer know as soon as you can. This will mean writing a notice of resignation in the form of a professional letter, stating the relevant dates and reason for leaving.


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