Advisable to Take Year Off Post M.Ed.?
First time user, so apologies if I happen to touch on a topic that's been mentioned before. I actually just have a very simple question, so figured I'd go ahead and ask rather than spend too much time searching the forums!
Will be completing my M.Ed. this year from pretty good school (top 25), but am honestly burned out. Did 5-year undergraduate degree and immediately worked for 2 years afterwards teaching English overseas, before coming back here to the U.S. to do my Master's. No breaks of anything like that in-between (I always worked over my summers while in school as well)
I thought about teaching right after my Master's, but have had some second thoughts after seeing what it's like (student behaviors and discipline being an area that worries me) and possibly considering a Ph.D. and other career options. But more importantly, I just feel physically and emotionally drained.
Curious to know from those in the teaching profession or maybe just in general whether or not taking a year off after graduation is OK for employers?
I'm aware that in some industries that a year off might really hurt, due to advances in knowledge and technology and needing to keep up to date with the field, but I'm thinking for me it's not really the case in teaching (secondary and primary education - not college).
My plan would be to take 6 months off (ideally a minimum) to really take a breather, figure out what I want to do, where I want to live and then maybe pick back up on the job hunt trail. I've been so drained that I don't know if I could do a good job teaching (and "parenting" as some even say) a full bunch of hs/ms/or elementary schoolers right away. I still have time to decide, but I know I'm wearing down physically and emotionally and would feel much more energized and focused if I had a year or half year off after graduation next year.