Life, as i wish it were

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Life, as i wish it were

  1. 1. Life, as I wish it were<br />Or, my brief life as a teacher<br />
  2. 2. Learning is my passion, teaching my calling<br />I made a lot of money<br />I helped a lot of people<br />I ran, biked, read, taught Sunday School, had fun with the family<br />I make a lot less money<br />I don’t have time or energy to help others<br />See bullet point above<br />Before I was a Teacher<br />Since I’ve been a Teacher<br />
  3. 3. Continuing Theme<br />Lots of energy<br />Many goals<br />Super positive atti-tude<br />Felt free<br />Exhausted<br />Just get to the finish<br />Depressed, disil-lusioned, and deflated<br />Feel “straight-jacketed”<br />Before I became a Teacher<br />Since I’ve been a Teacher<br />
  4. 4. Long Ago<br />Teaching has changed since I went to school. <br />Teachers were respected<br />Teachers had absolute authority<br />Teachers seemed to enjoy what they did<br />School was a safe place<br />School was a warm place<br />School was a caring place<br />
  5. 5. Today’s school<br />Teachers are on edge all of the time.<br />Teachers get no respect<br />Teachers have very little authority<br />I’ve known very few teachers who enjoy what they do<br />School is not a safe place<br />School is not a warm place<br />School is not a caring place<br />
  6. 6. Today’s Teacher<br />According to the National Center for Educational Statistics:<br />Drop-out rates for teachers are higher than students<br />Quality teachers are most likely to leave<br />Have easier time finding employment<br />Make more money in private sector<br />
  7. 7. Is it me?<br />Maybe, but I’m not so sure.<br />Teaching in public school:<br />2nd most stressful job in U.S. (after air traffic controller)<br />25% leave profession after 3 years<br />50% leave profession by 5th year<br />
  8. 8. What’s next?<br />“Think I’ll pack it in and…buy a pick-up, take it down to LA. Find a place to call my own and try to fix up, start a brand-new day.” (Neil Young)<br />I honestly do not know<br />I’m not happy where I am<br />I don’t have much more time <br />I look forward to summer<br />I need to make decisions<br />I seek peace, from the One Who came to bring peace.<br />

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