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#5365

Today one of my students kicked me, grunted at me and threw a cushion right at my face.
So don’t tell me I don’t need a glass of wine on a Monday night.

I sure do.

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#5367

One of the Kindergarteners in my class has an affinity for rhyming. Today during math he was rhyming words with classmates names. Normally I wouldn’t mind as he was at a math station and was getting his work completed. Then I hear him rhyme “Peyton and Satan” and after the third time we had to make a rule that we don’t rhyme during math time anymore.

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#5358

Our school was evaluated today. For the past year and a half, all teachers have been working like mad men to change the school for the better. After all that hard work, we heard, “there’s a lack of learning in your school.” How is it the teachers fault when we spend all day teaching and raising these kids with no parental support, no budget, and a non-supportive community.

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#5354

It’s been rumored that my tyrant of a VP is leaving, but she wants to go out with a bang. That’s why she’s targeting me, a second year teacher at this joke of a district. All the English teachers know that I’m the sacrificial lamb this year, and they’ve been hugging me and offering me advice, even if I don’t ask for it. 🤔 My SGO was rejected 4 times by this gem of a VP, even though I was told to copy and paste the SGO from my mentor. She even failed me during my observation: 2.50. I’m desperately looking for other opportunities because I hate this school with a bleeding passion, but I’m only staying because I need the money. I’m praying that another door will open because I don’t think I’ve ever been this miserable.

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#5351

I’m on sick leave for depression. I knew teaching wasn’t paid well, but I didn’t realise how much of a toll it would take on me.

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#5350

I have changed schools to reduce my stress and it worked.
If you are miserable…change schools, districts, positions, grade levels. The grass is greener. Do not give your life away to a miserable situation. Teachers have options!!

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I had a 10 yr old student last year who knew how to “play” me, and got many, if not all, the boys in my class to derail my lessons with talking over me, interrupting, etc. I had built in rewards like “joke time” since he was such a class clown, and he could dance really well-trying to get his attention seeking behavior to be fed into in only positive ways. Thank heaven, I currently have a supportive principal because he took that student out of my class for a few days. I took video of my lessons and the boy was able to access the learning from a Chrome book. Well, I continued to make videos so that students could “plug in” and learn while I dealt with behavior issues. Sure enough, I took away the audience, and within a week or two, I got my classroom back under control. So, just when you think you’re at the end of yourself, take courage because these students NEED us. Keep trying. ~ Kind regards, from a 28 year veteran teacher, taught in 4 schools and 15 principals in that time, now on medication for anxiety in the past 6 years, but I feel like I am still making a difference. I hope my state doesn’t steal my pension tho! The legislature is making teaching QUITE RIDICULOUS! GRRrrrrrr. My hubby jokes that ppl won’t use the term “going postal” anymore. Instead, they’re gonna “go teacher on you” which is more scary to him because of all the extreme pressures on us all. Funny, but kinda sad too.

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#5340

I had my first Parent meeting with admin a few weeks ago…it did NOT go well. I had already been frustrated to tears by a class just before the meeting and ended up in a full blown panic attack when the parent was allowed to berate me for 15 mins and question why I’m teaching. My Vice Principal did NOTHING. I went home ready to quit only to find out I’d be liable for paying $3k to the district and could lose my certification. I also then heard my Principal tell another teacher that I’m just whining and stirring up shit…I hate my school.

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#5343

Sometimes I really have to remind myself that I do this for the kids, not their parents, not admin, and definitely not the pay.

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#5344

Admin chewed me out today for asking her to stop scheduling meetings with my students during class time (6 kids missed class today alone)!

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