5 Reasons Why Teachers Quit Teaching

Why Teachers Quit Teaching

Teaching comes with a life-long responsibility of learning, educating the children and continuing professional growth that’s why it’s not easy to blame others why they can’t last on this kind of job. Reasons why others have left the noblest profession vary according to their own experiences, their needs, and their environment. For now here are five of the most common reasons why teachers quit teaching and leave the teaching profession:

why teachers quit teaching

1. They became teachers by force or by an accident, not by choice.

Some teachers struggle to embrace their responsibilities because on the first place, teaching was not their first or personal choice. Reasons why they ended up educating the children inside the classroom may have resulted from different situations. Some of them may have been forced to take up Education courses because their parents or the ones who support their study believe that this course would provide them lifetime compensation and various benefits from the government.

On the other hand, there are still cases wherein a person who’s about to enter college ended up in Education because there are no available slot on the course where he wants to enroll or maybe it is the only course his money can afford. There are also instances where peer groups influence one’s own decision that’s why instead of choosing a degree he truly wants, he ends up taking Education just because his friends enrolled on the same course.

Teachers who have experienced the examples given above have the higher chances of quitting the teaching profession. However, there are lucky ones who also came through these experiences but later discover that teaching is their true calling.

2. They have a different passion.

Another reason why teachers quit teaching and choose another job is that they can’t see themselves doing their duties efficiently simply because they do not enjoy what they are practicing. It means teaching is not their passion.

In life, it is easier to achieve success if you like and if you are happy with what you are doing. For example, would you continue teaching your pupils even if you become an ineffective teacher because instead of reading lessons or preparing your materials, you are busy capturing scenes and places around your town for your love of photography? If that’s your case, then a good advice for you is to leave the teaching profession and take up photography lessons.

If you don’t have the passion for life-long learning, then teaching is not for you. I do not mean to discourage anybody, I’m just talking about reality, after all, this would prevent the learning of our pupils to be put at risk.

3. They found a different calling.

This one is a bit rare and less frequent to occur in our society but nevertheless, it still happens. There are teachers who have served for a couple of years or even for decades but later discover that they are living for a different purpose, that they are living because aside from educating the children, they are much more needed by other people. I’m talking about those teachers who leave the profession and became priests, nuns, NGO workers and missionaries and politicians.

4. They find the teaching salary insufficient.

They say you won’t get rich if you’re on the teaching profession, however, majority of us stay in this job because of its stability and future benefits. But there are teachers who don’t seem to be contented. They think that they are not well compensated of their salary which comes from the government. These teachers are those who have higher dreams, particularly to be wealthier than the typical educators. Or maybe they are the teachers who find the salary of a teacher insufficient to cover their family needs and expenses. Usually, these teachers opt to commit to other jobs which will provide them huge amount of money which they can’t get from teaching the young minds.

5. They are impatient.

Teachers should always be equipped with proper and desirable characteristics. One of these characteristics is patience. In our country, many aspiring teachers, especially those who do not possess an item in teaching, substitute teachers and volunteers sometimes lose hope and give up the teaching profession because they can’t bear to wait to be promoted for a position. This usually led them to decide whether to continue teaching or find another job where they won’t wait long just to get a position. And of course you know what happens next, they choose other job and leave the teaching profession.

Or another instance is that they’re having a hard time tolerating students’ misbehavior due to their impatience which later results into a decision of quitting teaching.

If you want to last on this kind profession, you need to have the love and concern for children or at least learn to deal with them.

10 Tips in Taking the LET Exam (Licensure Examination for Teachers)

tips in taking the LET exam

Every person who just graduated with a degree in education has a common goal – to pass the LET (Licensure Examination for Teachers). This exam is everyone’s stepping stone in crossing the threshold of being a fully-pledged professional teacher. But passing the LET is, of course, easier said than done. It requires a lot of hard work and dedication. But aside from these two things, there are still various factors to consider in preparing for this examination.

Today, i’ll be sharing 10 tips in taking the LET exam which will surely be helpful for everyone who’s going to take the said licensure examination. It’s quite a long post so please bear with me. I’m not an expert on giving advice and I’m not forcing you to follow these guidelines. These won’t guarantee you a 100% possibility of passing but reading these tips will be of great help. So here they are.

10 Tips in Taking the LET Exam

1. DETERMINE YOUR STRENGTH AND WEAKNESSES

You know yourself better than anyone else so I’m sure it won’t be hard for you to do. First, take a look at your Transcript of Records (TOR) or you can just assess yourself to realize what subjects you find yourself having trouble. For example, some of the Filipinos, including yours truly are not good in Math, what’s in for you? Take note also of your strong points. List down all of these subjects and proceed to tip number 2.

2. CREATE A TIME FRAME

After listing all your strengths and weaknesses, you can now assign a working schedule for each of them. Make it one at a time. I repeat “ONE AT A TIME”. I said that because having a cluttered schedule or “To do” list will result into information overload which, I tell you, is not good.

tips in taking the LET exam

So for example, if you’re not good in Math and Science, you may schedule a time for each of them. Let’s say you’ll have Math for the morning and Science in the afternoon or you may review Math on M-W-F and Science on T-Th. But of course devote also some of your time to review other subjects; you can do it for two weeks or a month and then move on with other ones. And for the subjects where you are good at, you may also set a schedule for them to further enhance the retention of knowledge.

3. REMEMBER THE “MUST REVIEW” CONCEPTS FROM PROFESSIONAL AND GENERAL EDUCATION SUBJECTS

For General Education, review the basic and general concepts of each subject. Remember that you have taken most of these concepts back in elementary and high school so there’s a great possibility that you have forgotten them already.

  • For Math: Fractions, Volumes, Percentage, Areas, and Elementary Algebra
  • For English: Figures of speech and the Subject and Verb Agreement.
  • For Filipino: Tayutay, Retorika, Pagbasa at Pagsulat
  • For Science: Biology, Physical Science and Earth Science.

 

That’s quite many to accomplish so again review each subject “ONE AT A TIME”

Meanwhile, for Professional Education, I advise you to focus on the major philosophies of education. There are few subjects which are frequently present on the actual examination, these are:

  • Educational Philisophies – The famous “isms” (Realism, Idealism, Pragmatism, and many more.)
  • Principles of Teaching
  • Facilitating and Learning
  • For Childhood Development, remember Freud (Psychosexual), Erikson (Psychosocial) and Gardner (Multiple Intelligence)

4. IMPROVE YOUR ANALYTICAL SKILLS

LET is all about common sense and analytical skills. Most of the questions are situational ones and will surely squeeze your brain out. To lessen the difficulty, the best technique you can use is the elimination method or just what I said, your common sense. I’ll discuss this further on the 10 Tips in taking the LET Exam Part II: On Examination Day – The BIG Day.

Tip: There are some observations which states that LET examinations nowadays contain a lot of SATA (Select All That Apply) questions. What you can do is to try to answer a handful of these questions to develop your analytical thinking skills.

5. DON’T PROCRASTINATE

Mañana habit somehow became an attachment to Filipino culture. So I’m not asking you to kick it off your lifestyle, instead I’m appealing to you that even for a month or two, try to avoid it. SELF-DISCIPLINE and FOCUS on your goal will be a defining factor for your success so learn how to control yourself to fight distractions while having your review.

tips in taking the LET exam

Tip: When reviewing, avoid places where there are beds or a couch, the tendency is that you will have a hard time controlling your sleepy head especially when you know there’s a comfortable bed just a few steps from you. And one more thing, STAY AWAY FROM FACEBOOK!

6. ENJOY THE REVIEW

There’s no greater feeling than enjoying what you are doing and if you do, chances are you will be able to remember and understand all the things you put in your mind.

7. TAKE SOME REST

You are not a robot and you are not Superman. If you’re the type of person who takes review religiously, then take some time to rest. At the end, you will realize that you should be physically healthy especially on examination day. You don’t want to take the exam feeling sluggish.

8. HAVE FAITH

Being physically fit before and during the examination day is not enough; you also need to feed your soul. You will feel good about yourself when you know that you have God on your back when you take the LET. Pray and thank God every time possible, He will not let you down.

9. HAVE PEACE OF MIND

Keep calm and relax.  A day or night before the big day, watch a movie, or have a healthy dinner with your friends, this will keep you out of the stresses you had in your review.

Here’s an optional tip. You may follow this one or not. Before the exam, do not try to bring any review material. But why? Here’s the thing, when you take your materials with you on or before the examination, there’s a possibility for you to get stressed. How? Okay let’s say you’re the “subusub sa pag-aaral” or the “last minute” type of person and you attempted to look at any of your reviewers hours before the exam and found terms or concepts which you didn’t know of, then it might bother you and cause you headache. Again, that would bring you no good. But as I said, this is optional and you may follow your own preferences.

10. JUST DO IT

Lastly, when you are already physically, spiritually, and mentally ready for the exam, which I mentioned on tips 7, 8, and 9 respectively, then it’s time that you DO IT. I mean pack all the things you need to bring for the exam and prepare yourself for the big day. Leave your gadgets including your cell phone as this is not allowed inside the examination room. Make sure you have checked your room assignment. Set your mind towards your goal – to pass the LET. Lastly, sleep early the night before the exam and as you wake up in the morning, thank and ask the Lord for His guidance.

Oh and I almost forgot, don’t forget to bring your Notice of Admission (NOA).

On Part 2 of my 10 Tips in Taking the LET Exam, I’ll be sharing some tips to consider during the examination. Good luck future teachers!

Effects of Bullying (Short and Long Term Effects)

effects of bullying

Bullying is a rapidly growing concern for parents, teachers and other authorities especially now where bullies are just a click away from reaching their victims with the use of internet – popularly known as cyber bullying. However, we should bear in mind that bullying chooses no one. Our children, once they go to school, carry the tendencies to be picked on by perpetrators, the bullies. Would you be able to stomach seeing your beloved child being bullied by others? Of course, I would assume, you don’t want that to happen, even in your imagination.

But even though our kids are neither the victims nor the bullies, we still have to better understand the effects of bullying. And when I say effects, I’m pertaining to both parties, the kids who bully and the victim. These kids (bullies) may have also suffered from the same traumatic experience earlier in their lives which contributed on their present behavior that’s why it would be crucial for every teacher and parent to consider this matter in handling such circumstances. To make it more comprehensive, let us list down the short and long term effects of bullying both for the bullied and the bullies.

effects of bullying
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Short term effects of bullying – Kids who are bullied

Physical effects – Victims may acquire bruises or hematoma, headaches and stomachaches from physical abuses of the bullies.

Psychological trauma – kids who are being bullied may refrain from going to school or other places without their parents or other love ones for the fear of encountering the bully/bullies. This may also lead to absenteeism.

Depression – the victims of bullying may manifest depression. Sadness among these children can be observed as well as withdrawal from activities they usually do such as playing with other children or even simple conversations with people around them.

Poor academic achievement – The victim has the tendency to perform badly in school causing his grades to drop especially if the issue between him and the bullies has something to do with “grades”.

Low self esteem – There are victims who may perceive themselves as useless. As a result of bullying, these children do not feel good about themselves and they may even feel that they let their parents down.

Difficulty in sleeping – Some children experience nightmares or tend to wake up screaming in cold sweat. In some cases, these victims also experience bed wetting.

Anger and bitterness – Children who are being bullied may feel bad about everything and may develop hatred towards the world.

Short term effects of bullying – The bully

Poor academic achievement – Yes, the bully may also perform deficiently at school or it can also be the reason behind his alarming behavior. If not dealt with proper interventions, bullies may also drop out of school.

Incapability to build peer relations – Bullies are often perceived as superiors thus most children especially their classmates, tend to avoid them.

Exposure to illegal activities – bullies may be involved on illegal activities or illegal substances.

Long term effects of bullying – Kids who are bullied

Chronic depression – the depression of the victim which was not cured in their childhood may persist until they grow up. Worst case scenario to happen is the tendency of the victim to commit suicide.

Addiction to illegal activities and substances – the victims of bullying, as they grow older may also be exposed to illegal activities and substances which may lead to addiction.

Behavioral changes – Victims may also turn himself into a bully when he grows older if hatred and bitterness continue to conquer his personality. The victims can be his wife or his children.

Long term effects of bullying – The bully

Conviction – the bully as he grows older may participate in crimes which may get him convicted.

Incapability to maintain relationships – Building a strong foundation for a long-term relationship would be a common problem for bullies as they grow older.

Addiction to illegal activities and substances – Like the victims, the bullies, especially those who have been exposed to these illegal activities and substances in their younger years, have greater chances of developing addiction.

Violence – even if the bully was able to have his own family, there is also a higher chance of him to become violent or abusive towards his wife and children.