(Closed) Any teacher bee's having a rough year?

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
1924 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

This is my first year teaching, so it’s been hard!  But so far, so good.  I try to focus on why I love my job, and reenergize by talking to others who are positive influences.  When that fails, I look at the quote I put on a poster next to my desk

“Everyday may not be good, but there is good in everyday.”

Remember to practice self forgiveness, and that tomorrow is another day.  And when you feel like killing a kid, take a day off.

Good luck this year, I really hope things get better.  But I hear you, sometimes, on those really hard days or weeks, I think about leaving too.

How many years have you been teaching? 

Post # 4
2073 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m an SLP in public schools.  It has been a rough first quarter and a half.  I’m in the same boat looking forward to Fridays and our breaks.  It’s been super busy and has not showed many signs of slowing down. So I feel your pain.  

Post # 6
2622 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Well I am not of the Education world, but I know my Mother-In-Law feels that way. Every year they give her all the “problem” students or special education students and this year is the most she has ever had. She is topping out at 10 of her total 22 kids that are earmarked as either special attention or special education.  She comes home exhuasted every night

Post # 7
6 posts
  • Wedding: June 2013

@megan26:  This is my third year, and I too switched grades before. I went from 3rd to 5th (5th was way better for me). I think that if you liked your grade last year better then you should speak up near the end of the year. You want to find a good match. also, some classes are different than others. This class may be more difficult than the 8th graders the previous year. If I were you though, I would just talk to your principle. They are very understanding when it comes to those things.

Post # 8
110 posts
Blushing bee

I hope you don’t mind my joining in: I’m in grad school and this is my first year TAing a freshman literature class. I know it’s a very different (and in many ways, probably much easier) experience than teaching elementary or middle/high school, but it also has its challenges.

Class started in September and it took me until now to start liking it.. As my professor told me, it’s really about getting over the shock of the first midterm, which I suppose is what I’ve been doing this past month. Some papers are good, average, sometimes great, but some are… Just horrible. And not because they’re “bad” in an academic sense, but because they betray a lack of cultural sensitivity, awareness and occasionally some really disturbing racist bullshit that, as a very junior instructor, you simply don’t know how to deal with.

What’s especially awful about those kinds of papers, however, is that they’re not written by kids but by 18-yr old adults that have the power to vote. We’re reading Toni Morrisson next month and I expect the worst..


Post # 9
8470 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m having a rough year because I finished grad school last May and thought I was going to get the guidance counselor position this year, but I didn’t. 

So I’m making it worse for me in a way cuz I hold a grudge. 

But I’m praying that this is my last year as a teacher and I get a new position next year.

Post # 10
1723 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Being a TA is hard too! especially for Pre-K.. I love the kids, theyre adorable but I cant WAIT tll this year is over so I can look into getting a position I like better..

Post # 11
2393 posts
Buzzing bee

Beyond rough!

I’ve been working 12-hour days Monday through Friday and taking work home on weekends. I’ve also been taking personal days just to keep up with the avalanche of paperwork. I work night and day and I can’t keep up.

I am a professional and I am willing to go the extra mile, but I am not a big fan of routinely, habitually dragging work home and working for free week after week, month after month. It’s insane. We put in a full day from 7:45 to 3:15, and then we spend the next four or five hours dealing with paperwork, emails, helicopter parents, faculty meetings, staff developments, and administrative, bureaucratic B.S. I routinely work at least one afternoon every single weekend — grading papers, graphing and tracking student interventions, creating differentiated centers, etc.

People say “Oh, you have summers off,” which is true, but I work such insane hours during the school year that it more than adds up to the hours I would spend working full time the year around, and then some.

I used to love my job. I couldn’t wait to get to school and work with my kiddos. But my job today doesn’t even remotely resemble the way it was when I entered teaching eight years ago. Back then it was a much more free and creative atmosphere. It’s so regimented now and the kids are being reduced to numbers and widgets. It’s all about tests and numbers and data now. I hate it. I am 50 years old right now and I’m definitely planning on retiring early, hopefully in five or six years at the most. I want to get a part-time job in education, maybe as a para?… and spend more time being a domestic goddess. (Sigh) We’ll see.

Post # 12
1723 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@BelliniChic:  Mind If I ask why you work 12 hours a day?! that sounds like a LOT! Usually when were having staff development day– students have half day and we continnue the rest of the day through meetings and preparing our rooms.. I would totally be drained out as well!

Post # 13
469 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Ugh.. I just posted about how I want a career change and then saw this post. 

This is my first year teaching. I am teaching Kindergarten in a low income district. I expected it to me hard but I did not expect to feel depressed every Sunday night. I long term subbed and loved it. I loved the kids, staff, etc. Everyday was not perfect but I truely enjoyed it. I do NOT like my job now. 

When I was in school I felt this way until I student taught then I go my spark back, now I feel depressed again that this is not what I want to do. I work 7:30-5 or 6pm everyday and make crap money (which I knew and expected in this field). I’m just tired and dont want to do this. 

I envy people who have office jobs who can leave work and not have to take it home with them. Who make good money and not have to dump all their own money into their work suppplies. I want a career change but I do not know what to do at this point. I am good at what I do, I’m just not happy doing it anymore…

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