I am a new educator and I am currently teaching second grade. I would like to tell you that teaching is not frustrating, but it is. The feeling after you plan a lesson that you think will be perfect and will work for your class is amazing. However that feeling is diminished when the lesson does not go well. This is a good time for reflecting upon that lesson and the frustration is lessened. I want you to know that teaching is frustrating but so is every career. It is a challenge but an overwhelming amazing challenge. When you see a child who has been struggling finally get what you are teaching, it is an irreplaceable feeling. I do not want you to choose a career based off of what you think is easy or not frustrating. I want you to choose something that you are passionate about and will change your perspective on life entirely, Whatever you are passionate about is the right career or you! Hope this helps!!!
Yes, it is. You are responsible for the education of 30 or more kids, depending on what you teach, and yet those kids have a ton of things going on in their lives that have nothing to do with you. So it sometimes gets frustrating when you think that you are working really hard and then, for reasons outside of the classroom, you are unable to be effective. Usually you need to just remember that you can only control what you can control and focus on that. It is also sometimes frustrating being a government employee because things are constantly changing as governments change. So you have to be open to adjusting the way you do things if necessary. Nonetheless, there is much that is enjoyable and rewarding about being a teacher as well!
I think it's important to keep in mind that EVERY job will have its frustrations. However, in my experience (I taught elementary school for 10+ years), the frustrating moments are both infrequent and, more importantly, often overshadowed by the powerful, exciting and magical moments. Working with kids always brings something new and unexpected to everything you do. No matter how many times you have to teach the same lesson or concept, each class brings something unique - a question never asked before, a concept you had never thought of, and more. The amount of frustration you experience in teaching depends on all manner of factors - your level of patience, the makeup of your class(es), your colleagues, your district, your administration and more.
Ultimately, though, teaching is rewarding and honorable profession. If you get on board with the concept that all jobs will have their frustrating times, then you can rest assured that teaching will provide - in most cases - many, many more excellent moments to balance things out.
It's both the most frustrating and most rewarding thing I've ever done (taught third grade). For it to be a sustainable career, I think you have to find a way to try to separate yourself at times from the day-to-day trials and tribulations in the classroom -- the ups and downs -- and also from the baggage that kids are bringing into the classroom each day. I wasn't able to really do that. I wanted to spend every minute of every day with my students (including the weekends)! It wasn't healthy for me.
But there is no job in the world like it! Someday I think I'll return to the classroom...