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Lance Williams

Those two points are two that all future teachers should think about sometime before they begin teaching. They are two very difficult questions to answer, but important because as teachers we would like to be giving students we can and when we reach the point of being "over it" we should step down as adults and move on. The main reason behind being a teacher is to take the time and care to eduacte others about different fields of the world and when doing that job seems boring and we just do not have the passion for it anymore we should/must step down because the only people we are hurting are the students. As for the situation of the young child who was consistently missing school, we as teachers should be concerned about that, but there is most certainly a point where we say "if you are not willing to help yourself there is nothing more I can do"

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Those two points are two that all future teachers should think about sometime before they begin teaching. They are two very difficult questions to answer, but important because as teachers we would like to be giving students we can and when we reach the point of being "over it" we should step down as adults and move on. The main reason behind being a teacher is to take the time and care to eduacte others about different fields of the world and when doing that job seems boring and we just do not have the passion for it anymore we should/must step down because the only people we are hurting are the students. As for the situation of the young child who was consistently missing school, we as teachers should be concerned about that, but there is most certainly a point where we say "if you are not willing to help yourself there is nothing more I can do"

Raeanna Bauer


It’s interesting the ways in which you describe quitting. Regarding your first point, I don’t think that you have necessarily quit teaching. I agree when you say that when teachers burn out, it is definitely better for them to leave because I have had teachers like this and all they do is bring down the class, seem disinterested and don’t care for their student’s overall success over the year. Pursuing higher levels of education is not quitting in my mind. Sometimes teachers just need time for themselves, learning more in order to bring more to their students. I am planning on going back to school myself during my teaching in order to keep a sane brain as many previous educators have warned me about.

Regarding your second idea of quitting, it really is hard to draw the line when it comes to students. You want to try so hard to help your students succeed, but like you said it gets to the point when their caregivers don’t care, there isn’t much you can do for them. It’s something I hope I don’t have to deal with when I teach, but I know it will happen. It will probably be a very hard situation for me because I am the kind of person who enjoys seeing others succeed, so it will definitely be an interesting obstacle that hopefully works out for the better in my case.

I wish you luck in your studies!

Raeanna Bauer

Nicole Mikolajczak

As a future educator, your article really makes me wonder about the length of time it takes for a teacher to become “burned out”. In your case, you say that you needed an intellectual challenge but isn’t teaching doing just that? I guess it’s different for all people. Maybe it depends on the grade level you are teaching too. As for myself, I hope that it takes me a long time to become burned out by the system because otherwise all this schooling just seems like a waste of time, money and energy. I decided to go into high school because I think that it will keep me on my toes and interacting with interesting students on a regular basis. I have seen and had those teachers though that are burned out and need to leave because like you said, they are doing nothing for me or any of my fellow classmates. I also plan on coaching while teaching which I hope will also make my job more interesting and fun. Going back to school though can never really be seen as quitting. Life is full of endless twists and turns and it’s those changes that make our lives complete by reflecting on past and embracing the new.
As for “quitting” students, I think you can only do so much. I went to a public school near Chicago and seen many of my teachers struggle with the students who just wanted to be left alone. It is though the job of educators though to make sure that the student knows they are not writing them off and inform them that their options are open. It is their job to make the right decisions. In your case, I think you did all the right things but really, quitting was all you could do. As bad as you want to help, many times the fairy tale movie ending just doesn’t happen. I think all you can do is try your best to make a difference in these students’ lives and if they want the help, you can give it to them.

Alex Brenner

Mr. Fredrick,
Like many of your other comments, I also am an education major, still studying to become a teacher. I know I still have a ways to go, but your article got me thinking, especially the question "When do teachers quit?" I get the same impression as your friend that when you are burned out and not doing anyone any favors by sticking around, you will know it. Then once you've realized that as a teacher, you've quit working then its time to actually quit working. In your case, I feel that you haven't quit working, you've merely just taken a break; your coach put you on the bench to get a breather and then you'll go back out stronger in the second half.
The second question, is a more depressing, but I do feel that you were accurate in asking "When do we quit on a student?" because as disheartening as it may be, at some point, students will be out of your control, and you can't help them. Some students just can flat out no longer be helped by you, no matter what you do. In the instance of your case of the absentee student, there was nothing that you could have done to improve his attendance. Contrary to your opinion though, I don't think you quit on him. Every time that he came, you still helped him even knowing that he probably wouldn't show the next day. In that case, he quit on you. So in response to "When do you quit on a student?" the only answer I find suitable is that you can quit on a student, when you're going to quit on all of them by quitting the profession.

Alex

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I love that you wrote about "quitting" both teaching and students. This reminded me of a few times in the past when I tried to donate blood and it didn't work any of the three times. I asked my doctor what the problem was and he told me that my veins were in fact smaller than the needle the Red Cross uses to draw blood, and that although my intentions were good, "thanks, but not thanks."

I think that also applies to teaching. I'm in my third year in college studying to become an ELA teacher and have had multiple observation opportunities in the classroom through my methods classes and have already identified students who would get under my skin for the three hours I was in the class that day. I also work in a daycare with two year olds who I want to strangle every day, but I love them too much to stop coming to work.

I think it will be an obvious decision to "quit" teaching. I also think that once someone gets to the point where they want to "quit" a student, they should go ahead and pack their things. "Thanks, but no thanks."

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