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For those of you very experienced teachers, I am in need of some honest, but not "flaming" advice. This is my 6th year of teaching. Before I became a teacher, I worked in accounting for 6 years and then stayed home for two. I teach third grade in the Houston area in a low-income school with a very challenging population. Not the worst in Houston, but definitely challenging. I'm feeling more than ever extremely worn down by teaching this population of children. Academically they are not succeeding no matter what I do. Now of course, I have kids making A's and B's, so I know that I'm doing something right, but the others I can not seem to motivate them or keep their attention. Fifteen students earned F's in math this nine weeks out of 40 students and that's with modifications and as much in-class support as I can provide them. Emotionally this has worn me down, as I don't feel like a good enough teacher, yet I work my tail off and do so much for my team. In addition, my school seems to r...See More
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yes I changed schools this year, and I am totally re-energized. My previous school sucked the joy out of teaching. It was the administration, not the student population. I love teaching again!
Nov 23, 2008
Jenny My first teaching job was as a Title 1 Reading teacher in a rural school. Parents were pretty supportive but it was a small, small town where everyone knew your business. From there I moved to a new state where I taught full day K in an urban, low SES school it was challenging and it was my first time with a real class of my own and there was a lot...See More
Nov 23, 2008
Anonymous On 11/23/08, yes wrote: > I changed schools this year, and I am totally re-energized. > My previous school sucked the joy out of teaching. It was > the administration, not the student population. I love > teaching again!

I hope that this time next year I'll write these words. This has been an awful year at my school
Dec 5, 2008
To Anonymous It's been an awful year at your new school, or at the school that you're planning on leaving? I am curious - I am planning on leaving my school this year. It's not awful, but it is awfully hard to work together with very little willingness to find common ground, and zero opportunities to change grades. It is encouraging to hear from people who have...See More
Dec 14, 2008
HS Teacher Just like a teacher is one of the most important things that effect our students' learning, I believe that administration is of the most important things that effects teacher job satisfaction.

We got a new principal last year and I was moved to work under a new assistant principal this year, and for the first time in 5 years of teaching a...See More
Dec 23, 2008


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