To teach and love it is akin to the Holy Grail for those that don’t.
A report by the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future reiterates what we’ve been discussing on This Teacher Speaks: the vast issues regarding teacher retention.
That’s right, we talk about teacher business, because when we air out our issues, then we can begin to create solutions to our problems.
Basically, the first year, the first three years, and the first five years are pivotal points in your career. Your feelings and attitudes regarding your job satisfaction and success will determine whether you keep teaching, or like a third of your colleagues, quit after 5 years.
In fact, about 5 out of 10 teachers who were in your teacher education class with you, won’t be teaching in 5 years.
I think this is scary. And I like to use this analogy: Rarely will you see lawyers, doctors, electricians, etc. invest thousands of dollars in their education and training and then simply walk away from their jobs. But teachers do…and we never started teaching for the riches, we started teaching to be change agents.
So what happens???
But don’t despair. There are ways to keep going and we’ll keep talking about the issues on This Teacher Speaks and exploring the ways to keeping teachers happy so they can keep teaching.