I Want to Quit Teaching (Yesterday!)

Lots of teachers want to quit teaching.I want to quit teaching (Yesterday)

One of the people I remember from my first year of teaching was a shop teacher.   He was a pleasant man, but a bit crusty.  You may have one or two people in your building  like my former colleague.

He never specifically said I Want to Quit Teaching, but you could spot it if you read between the lines.

He was well-known for cracking jokes.  His favorite was: “This would be a great job if it wasn’t for the darned kids!”  Everyone would laugh, assuming he was just running through his usual repertoire of jokes.

One day, I had the opportunity to ask him about his darned kids joke.  Turns out it wasn’t a joke.

For him, he had had all he could stand of working with other people’s children.   He stayed because he believed he had invested too much time into teaching to quit and do something else.

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Every day, he came to a place he was no longer excited about.  He taught children he was no longer interested in.

After dealing with disinterested students who had no interest in his courses, it wasn’t fun anymore.  It just made him grumpy having to manage checked out kids with power tools.

A Little Background

He had other income.  He owned property in a nearby town that was a famous tourist destination.

He also took special orders from time to time for small cabinetry pieces.  He did lovely work.

He could have taken retirement.  It wouldn’t have been the full-boat retirement, but it would have been a good one.

What Was The Problem?

He was stuck. 

  • He was stuck with what society said he was supposed to do.
  • He was stuck thinking he needed to get in the maximum number of years before retiring
  • He was stuck thinking that he had no valuable, marketable skills.
  • He was stuck thinking he was too old to start something new.
  • He was stuck with the fear of launching out into the unfamiliar.

He knew teaching.

  • He knew the drudgery of spending 5 days out of 7, 10 months of the year in a place he wanted to be done with.
  • He knew the old tapes that constantly ran through his head, telling him what he “Ought” to have done.

Things Change

We all began our teaching careers with dreams and plans for a lifetime of service, but

  • Life changes
  • The educational system changes
  • We change
  • The service society expects from teachers changes

You don’t have to stay stuck in something that no longer fits.  You don’t have to stay in something that is slowly picking away at your confidence, joy, and enthusiasm.  Maybe even your health. Something that’s making you old before your time.

You Have Options My Colleague Didn’t HaveI Want to Quit Teaching (Yesterday)

Two decades ago, the world was a different place.  If he were around today, there are many things my colleague could do to change his path.

He had tremendously marketable skills that would serve him well today.

He had decades of experience teaching. 

  • Today, he could take that knowledge and create courses for new shop teachers, or students themselves.
  • You don’t have to stay in the classroom to make a difference.

He was great at working with wood.  Shoot, he already had a small, but growing list of happy customers who would have been thrilled to refer him to colleagues, friends and family.

He was successful at buying and renting homes.

  • He could create training videos, or create an e-book, or both, and market them through his own online site.

He could have done something completely unrelated to an online business.

He already had an excellent retirement income he could have drawn on immediately.  It would have provided him lots of options.

Fear held him back.

What About You?

If you’re reading this, maybe you don’t want to continue on with something you already know.

Maybe you want to shift gears completely.

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The first thing to do is run the numbers.  See where you’re really sitting financially.

Is it possible to make adjustments to your monthly expenditures?  If you are serious about leaving teaching, or any other job behind, what are you willing to do to make it happen?

What is it you’d like to change about your life?   What do you long to be doing?

Don’t let others dictate this for you.

  • Only you know what you really go through on a daily basis.
  • Only you know what it will take to have the life you want.

Don’t say you don’t know.

  • If you sit quietly and listen to yourself, you know.
  • It may require making unpleasant choices, but deep down you know what needs to be done.


Create an exit plan.  Start getting things in order.

  • Are you going to need to bring in more money to pay down bills?
  • Do you need something that will easily mesh with your current job situation?

One option that can be very workable is proofreading.

There are lots of folks out there offering training, but take a look at Caitlin Pyle’s Proofread Anywhere.

She has an amazing background, and understands what it takes to make the changes needed to get the life you want.

Why Proofreading?

With proofreading, you can be through your training and picking up clients in a few  weeks time.

You can expand your client base until you’ve built a full-time income.  You also have the option of limiting the size of your client base and only work a few hours a week.  It’s your business, you decide.

It’s completely possible to find your first clients even before you’ve finished.

You’ll want to finish though, because you don’t just learn proofreading techniques with Proofread Anywhere.  You learn everything you need to know about running your own successful business.

One area that most online courses don’t teach is the part where you actually go out into the real world and apply what you’ve learned.

However, Caitlin’s 40+ lesson course is spread across eight modules, and FOUR of those modules are dedicated to either finding proofreading work or managing a freelance business!

Does the idea of working from literally anywhere appeal to you? Do you want more out of life… and know you can get it with the right skill set?

Caitlin has taught thousands of men and women how to make a living with their proofreading skills. If you love words, details, and red pens, (what teacher doesn’t love red pens?) then you will want to check this out. It’s jam-packed with relevant info that you need to know before diving into this world!

This link above will take you to the sign-in for a 76-minute video workshop that gives you a great overview of the course.

This workshop is primarily for people who can say yes to one of the following…

  • Are you always catching typos and misplaced commas?
  • Are you constantly correcting texts and Facebook posts?
  • Do you read through an email five times before you hit send?
  • Do you cringe when a restaurant menu has a misspelled word?

In Conclusion

If proofreading just isn’t what you’re looking for, why not check out my #1 recommendation for escaping the classroom.  It’s a great resource for learning how to promote yourself, your aspirations, and your special concerns.

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10 thoughts on “I Want to Quit Teaching (Yesterday!)”

  1. Wow, this resonated with me so much. I have to say as a classroom teacher with less than 5 years under my belt – sometimes I feel I am going to become a statistic as I look for ways to get out of the teaching profession. It is something that is on my mind, every day, all the time. I have to say though, on the contrary, interacting with kids and teens is something I still love, I can’t help but think that academics with them was the wrong route. I’d love to follow a more vocational approach however they just don’t pay as well. I’m very tempted to check out the proofreading course and seeing if I cant supplement my income on my journey to ‘escaping the classroom’. Thanks for the post!

    • As you probably know, up to 50% of new teachers in the U.S. leave teaching within the first five years.  Depending on your needs, proofreading is one excellent way to make the money you need, and build a business of your own at the same time.  

      Thanks so much for joining the conversation; I appreciate it!

  2. There is nothing worse than waking up every morning and going to a teaching job you have no feelings for. Or any other job for that matter. I can imagine trying to educate an uninterested group of children. Your morale basically dwindles to a point that it kills you inside. I get the story of your colleague very well. If we feel we have put so much work into getting to where we are, and that the society looks up to us to hold on to what we have, we end up staying just to be on the good side of people and their expectations. Your suggestions on what your colleague should have done is very insightful and should give us all something to think about. We are our own destiny makers. Thank you for this inspiration.

    • Thank you for your kind words.  And, how true that we are our own destiny makers.  It’s just not necessary to let the expectations of society dictate how we should live our lives.  It may be difficult, but we each are capable of assessing our skills and knowledge, and building the kind of life we want.

      Thanks for joining the conversation; I appreciate it!

  3. Thank you for sharing, the idea of quitting ones job is not some thing that we openly talk about, but some thing that we’ve all felt at some point. I appreciate your honesty and I love the message you passed in this post, and how you passed it. My work takes the whole of me, I leave at the end of the day so exhausted. and I can hardly function by the end of the week. It takes the whole weekend to recover enough to be able to drag myself back in on Monday and then start over. This is something that I have always struggled with! Quitting my job had always been my thought, and I’m glad I found this post, I will definitely follow your suggestion. Thanks

    • I’m sorry to hear how exhausting your job is.   You should be able to look forward to the weekend as a fun time, not a time to recover because of your job!  Proofread Anywhere is a company I have dealt with for quite a while now, and am confident it provides a great alternative the standard job.  You can work from home, or anywhere else you choose, on your own schedule.

      Thanks for joining the conversation; I appreciate it!

  4. Hi! Thank you for sharing this shop teacher’s background with us. I immediately connected with it because I know what you’re talking about. And I agree with you: the world of opportunities today is so different from what it was 2 decades ago. Thanks for introducing us to this opportunity. Proofread Anywhere sure sounds interesting! I’ll give it a try.

    • Hi Henry,

      I’m glad you could connect with the article.  With the technology we have available to us today, having a job that lets you set your own schedule is completely doable.  Proofread Anywhere is a great company that delivers on its promises.  This creates a winning opportunity for everyone who wants to escape their current work situation.

      Thanks for joining the conversation; I appreciate it!

  5. I worked in banking and Government for 20 years.. my latter Government jobs were very well paid as well and we were never short of cash.  I was however miserable…  It wasn’t until I did the following:

    “If you sit quietly and listen to yourself, you know.
    It may require making unpleasant choices, but deep down you know what needs to be done.”

    I knew, but was too afraid to make the move…  trust me, once we did it, it is the best thing we have ever done.  We now run Pilates studios and I am setting up a little online business.  We have about a quarter of the money we had (which will change once businesses mature) but we have never been happier.

    Life is way too short to be in something you don’t like.  Thanks for such a great post.


    • Hi Paul,

      Thank you for the kind words.  Many people today would scoff at the idea, but you can get to a point of such dissatisfaction and frustration on a job, that no amount of money makes it worthwhile.  You’ve also discovered the truth that we all know exactly what we should do.  Fear is the stumbling block.   

      I am so glad you discovered your truth, and had the courage to act on it.  I’m also glad you joined the conversation; I appreciate it!


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