- 3 years ago
- Wedding: December 2013
I need some support/advice from Bees who were once teachers. I am a 2nd year high school English teacher. So far this school year (5 weeks) I have been dreading going to work each day and wish I was doing something else with my life. So many of my students are disrespectful and I have little to no parent involvement and support, my administration is rarely present and is so overwhelmed that there is little backing of teachers (though I do not believe this is intentional), and I’m just not loving it. Last year, I loved it. This year, I have good days and bad days. I’m completely stressed and have spent the entire year so far sick, whcih was made worse due to stress. Even when I convice myself that I’m having a better day/week, I still find myself browsing for different careers and wishing I could apply. So…on to my question. I do have a contract with my district that is up in June 2014. However, I am not a tenured teacher, which means I do not have the same contract as those teachers. I am not the type of person to walk out on my word, but also loathe the idea of spending the next 8 months hating my work. If I left teaching, I really doubt I would ever go back knowing what I do now. Advice? Suggestions to help with this year? Did you experience a rough patch at this stage of your career? How did you get through it, even if just for the remainder of that school year? I’m not looking for someone to tell me it’s okay to find a different job and leave my students-honestly, I don’t know if I could do that even if every day was awful. I just need some guidance.