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How to Resign from a Teaching Job

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Resigning from a teaching job can be an emotional experience as well as a logistically challenging one. This lesson gives you some ideas about how to resign.

Resigning From a Teaching Job

There are many different reasons why you might feel it is time to resign your teaching job. Perhaps you are unsatisfied with where you work, or maybe you are facing too many demands in other parts of your life. Maybe it is time to move geographically, or possibly another, more appealing opportunity has come up. Whatever the reason, resigning from a teaching job can be an emotionally challenging process as well as a logistically complicated one. This lesson gives you some pointers about how to make your resignation as painless and smooth as possible.

Consider Your Timing

Of course, circumstances are sometimes such that you have no choice with regard to timing your resignation, but if it is at all possible, you should consider the timing carefully. Leaving principals, colleagues and students in the lurch midyear is uncomfortable and might get in the way of your ability to ask for letters of reference later. If you can, wait until the end of the school year to resign. If this is impossible, be as clear as you can with your supervisor about the reasons behind your timing. Acknowledge the difficulties you are causing and apologize in a professional manner.

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