I'm a high school math teacher who's a bit tired of teaching. I've only been teaching for two years though. It's so much more than I thought it would be. Meetings, handling classroom management, talking with parents, etc. Any advice on how I can make it a better experience? I have a degree in math. Are there any other job opportunities that come with that?

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Ask to try something different, I almost left teaching after 4 years of freshman Algebra. They let me try Alg 2, turns out I don't hate teenagers, I hate freshman. That was 2009, so...


I suppose the answer has a lot to do with what it is that you dislike about the gig. If it's the meetings and parent contacts, then you may be crap out of luck, because that stuff never goes away. Kind of like the IRS. It's a different story if you're dissatisfied in the classroom, however.

The real question is, do you like to teach? That isn't 100% clear from your post. If you dislike teaching, there is no class, grade level, or additional certification that will solve that. If you do, then you could try, as suggested, to gain an additional certification. Perhaps variety would break things up a bit. I'm not a math guy, but I've found that the more interactive you are with your classes, the more interesting they are to teach.

Do you incorporate any projects or ways that the kids produce a tangible result? Speaking from experience, the "old school" lecture/drill/test method is easy, but not exactly fulfilling. I've found that practical application of skills is more meaningful and more fun than just learning (or teaching) facts and figures. Anything that the kids can see as a "finished product" reinforces a sense of accomplishment beyond just receiving a grade.


Truly the real question!

Depending on the credentialing laws in your state, look at maybe getting a supplementary credential. I was having the same issue after two years and got a few supplementary credentials to give me more options of what to teach. For me it’s been nice to have a high school English credential, a special education credential, and an arts credential. I can move around when I need a change. I love all my students, but sometimes you just need something different.

These last two years have been the hardest that teachers have faced in the last 80 years. Getting burnt out in the first two--that's pretty normal, I would think. You may have noticed that teachers are leaving the profession by droves, because it has become so hard. I think that when COVID is finally over, things will normalize a bit.

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