This is my fourth year in the teaching profession and I’ve noticed that many of my fellow beginning teachers, including myself, are not getting much satisfaction from our profession. In fact, a number of us are showing signs of burnout – Monday blues, depression, extreme fatigue, disillusionment, etc. I’ve been pondering over this for a long time… what has gone wrong? Does the problem lie with us individually? Or the system? Is there anything we can do about it? Is it possible to teach in a public school and find satisfaction in our teaching career?
All of us entered the teaching profession with big dreams and good intentions. We want to make a difference. We desire to be good teachers. Me too. However, the real world out there is not a bed of roses. Honestly speaking, I have seen my ideals shattered and there were days I cried myself to sleep because of work-related issues. Not to mention the nightmares that plagued my sleep!!
For your information, I’ll be on study LEAVE for two years on the pretext of doing my Masters. I’m doing it full-time to give myself a breather, i.e. to get away from school to regain my bearings. I’m still passionate about teaching and come what may, I think I’ll still be in the education field. After I’ve completed my Masters degree, I’ll be going back to school… for how long I have no idea, but I hope to at least fulfill my bond to the government (or rather the taxpayers).
I hope that by the time I re-enter the public school system, I will be more prepared. For that purpose, I hope that you can kindly do me a favour and help me by sending me your journals/blogs/reflections and also your advice for teachers-to-be and beginning teachers. I hope to analyze the common problems faced by teachers and somehow come up with ways to help teachers to remain sane and make teaching a more rewarding profession. If all goes well, I’d write an article on my “findings” and hopefully, we can make ourselves heard. So I really hope that you will take time to write to me. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teaching is indeed a very noble profession. Even if we can’t change the whole world, let us make a difference in the lives of the ones that come our way.
As long as there’s hope, let’s press on…. for our children’s sake.