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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 ...See More
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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 started truly enjoying teaching last
year (my 7th year) after spending my first 6 years team
te...See More
Aug 4, 2006
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 I am over 50, already
having two grown-up children of my own, I star...See More
Nov 8, 2007
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 I am over 50, already
having two grown-up children of my own, I star...See More
Nov 8, 2007
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 situation.
I cried for the first week of school because I did not have a
class of my ...See More
Nov 9, 2007
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 teaching? Over $70,000?? Acording to my district's pay scale in AZ, teaching 30 years gets you up to $47,00...See More
Sep 24, 2008


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