What To Do When You Hate Teaching

September 3, 2012 Joel Wagner 1
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Disillusionment is common to most of us involved in the teaching profession. We all deal with it at one point or another. Here’s the general path many of us take:

  • You major in education because you want to change the world
  • You realize that in order to teach, you need a find a job
  • You go through disappointing interview after disappointing interview and are told if you had more experience, you would be perfect for the job
  • You get frustrated that the only way to get experience is to get the job they won’t give you because you don’t have experience
  • Some school district that was not your first choice offers you a chance…finally
  • You take the job because it

The Honeymoon Is Over: What Killed My First Teaching Job And 7 Tips For Getting Your Next Job

April 3, 2008 Joel Wagner 11
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As I have written before, I was terrible at classroom management. My first two years were miserable. I hated teaching. Then it happened. I absolutely believe that I would be the same teacher today that I was then if it had not happened! You see, I wasn’t fired but in a moment I lost my first teaching job.

What happened?

We had a friend of mine come in to work with the high school band and the two junior high bands. He is a retired band director and is an outstanding clinician.

He came and worked with all three bands. My band (the second junior high band) was bad. I knew that. I had kids who would talk back to ...

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