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Hi all, This is my first year teaching. All summer, I slaved away prepping for interviews to land my first teaching job and when I was finally hired I was so thrilled. I expected to come to school eager to meet the kids each day and to love every moment of teaching... which is really how I felt when I student taught, I absolutely loved it. In reality however, I'm kind of sad to say I don't love it. I feel like everything is such a struggle. In the mornings, on my very long commute (1 hour and 20 minutes) I just think about the day and I start to get a sinking feeling in my stomach. In part, I guess my feelings are do to it being my first year, and also teaching in a grade level I'm totally comfortable with, but now I'm really hoping that it will get better soon. Did any of you feel this way when you first started teaching? If so, how long was it before you rediscovered the happiness of being in the classroom?
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  • amy To Helen who said of teaching: "where else can people of very modest abilities get steady jobs paying over 70,000 a year, with excellent benefits, luxurious pensions, long vacations and practically no responsibilities?" Where are you te...See More
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  • T2 /blockquote> I've always loved teaching. I had a fantastic student teaching experience and, like you, I was eager to start my first job. My first job was not my ideal either; it was a BSI position where I worked mostly in a pull-out situ...See More
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  • Helen /blockquote> Dear Rolina,Well, I also hated it when I started teaching at 23. So I quit and went into business. I had exciting, high-profile jobs, worked long hours, traveled extensively, negotiated many million-dollar contracts, etc. Now when ...See More
    Nov 8, 2007 report post
  • Helen /blockquote> Dear Rolina,Well, I also hated it when I started teaching at 23. So I quit and went into business. I had exciting, high-profile jobs, worked long hours, traveled extensively, negotiated meny million-dollar contracts, etc. Now when ...See More
    Nov 8, 2007 report post
  • Missee /blockquote> What a wonderfully honest response from Annie! And, may I say that it's teachers like Leslie ("I feel so bad for you and the students you are working with") that make the profession that much more difficult. I star...See More
    Aug 4, 2006 report post
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