I can't wait until I quit, I'm just waiting to get the right opportunity.
My issues were numerous; the last contact I had at a school I had been at for some four years was a nightmare - shocking behavioural management issues; management turning against me, and certain teachers in one of the departments making it very clear that I was not wanted. marking, writing reports, developing "individual learning plans" for the students who are falling behind, dealing with parents, managing some terrible behaviour issues, covering classes for the teachers who seem to call in sick whenever the pressure is on, supervising lunch and after school ...
Do not expect teachers to teach despite all of this because you think they have more humanity than most. It is the -* lack of discipline in students * and the violence * and the lack of support and gratitude from parents - which is driving teachers out of Queensland classrooms. Both were totally gutted and disillusioned by their teaching experiences.
I have two young friends who both trained as teachers. They both went back to uni to study nursing and now work as registered nurses.
I encourage people to quit - because why waste your life, working so hard for little pay in comparison, when the only thanks you get, is some student giving you the finger?
At staff meetings, I hear members of admin encouraging teachers to work harder, saying [email protected]# about teaching is one of the better paid jobs.
Watching what my wife has to endure in her job and several other teachers in our family, the amount of additional hoops they have to jump through for AITSL, TFEL and God knows what other ludicrous acronyms they can invent for benchmarking micromanagement on such a huge scale; it simply would not be endured in any other industry.
I saw many changes I did not think were necessary or in the best interests of students.
Her shared departmental accommodation was not secure. She said she closed the door, but the man easily broke through the door, overpowered her and tried to drag her into the bedroom."I kept screaming for him to let go, and finally was able to struggle him out the door and out on to the front lawn," the teacher said."I screamed for help and he let go and said: 'Okay, okay', and ran away."Wanting to call her parents but without a reliable phone in her house, the teacher ran to the school principal's house.
The principal advised the teacher to wait till she "settled down" the next day before calling her parents.
The Queensland opposition tabled her email in parliament on 15 April 2008. It was never connected during the ten weeks that the teacher was on the island.