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  1. #1
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    Default Any other teachers seriously stressed out?

    OK, luckily it is Spring Break week. I have been teaching 31+ years. I used to love teaching. Now, with all the extra paper work, late afternoon meetings, no planning time, being pushed to make AYP, all the testing, data, lucky to get 15-20 minutes for lunch, no time for potty, being yelled at-by 7th and 8th graders, I'm really looking forward to retirement. Unfortunately, GA does not count years out of state teaching. I really like my co-workers, and most of my students are great. Just wanted to vent a little.
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    my mom is in the same boat as you are.



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    Due to budget/levy issues my dad's retirement date got pushed back a year (11 years away, now 12 years away). I'm only into my eighth year of teaching so I'm not even contemplating retirement yet. At the same time, I do understand the sentiment about it being spring break and feeling stressed out. I'm an intervention specialist and the amount of data keeping, paperwork and meetings seems to make up most of the job.

    At least after spring break, there's only a month and a half to go. Then summer session starts



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    I don't know how teachers do what they do. Truly. You ALL have my admiration and thanks.


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    I'm not stressed out too badly, but our state just adopted new evaluation tools for teachers that look to be incredibly time-consuming and stressful, our NCLB waiver has us taking tests all on-line when we barely have on full 30 computer lab for 450+ kids--creates a hell of a scheduling nightmare. Our very weak principal is retiring (yay!) and I think we hired a fantastic one--I sure hope so, since our staff is a fractured, cliquey mess, complete with an outburst about how "unprofessional" our staff lunch room is, and how this teacher had to send his para in to spy on the other staff! He did this in front of our superintendent! Jackass!

    The kids are fine in my building--8th graders are who they are. I have 20 more years to go, for a total of 40 in teaching (my goal). It sure is a job for the strong of backbone and the thick of skin, the calm and flexible. I love it still, but with both Mr. CC and I teachers, the pay is stagnant and benefits are shrinking. Parents are the problem, not the kids. Technology is a stressor--too much, too little, no training to use what we have. I teach in a 30 year old "portable" classroom-- 'nuff said.
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    Ahh. This has been better than past years, but yes. A lot of what stresses me out is kids who refuse to do anything, along with everything you said. I am ON spring break (road trip to vegas--seafood buffet!) Of course I took my homework with me, because (she says sarcastically per the other thread) we have SO much time off and never work on it!

    I decided to be a union rep and torture our president who is such an SOB and try to get something useful done instead of politics as usual. It helps to feel like you're fighting a useful battle at some level instead of just getting an admin. credential like everyone else and becoming part of the problem in our nepotistic district.



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    Youngest daughter has accepted the head trainer position for a clydesdale farm after teaching chemistry in an intercity school.... Wasn't the teaching part that drove her off, the screwed up incontinent school administration.

    My thoughts are schools should stop progressing teachers into admen jobs and get professional managers to run the schools.

    (Her head training position pays twice the salary)


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    I'm an 8th grade teacher in GA as well. 8th grade is such an assessment heavy year that it stresses me from beginning to end. We spend the first semester preparing for the state writing assessment (which means I have the joy of dragging home 10 extra hours of grading essays each week) and as soon as it's over in January, time to gear up for the CRCT which they are required to pass in the 8th grade to be promoted to the high school. Couple that with new standards (that are definitely more rigorous than those of the past--NOT that I'm complaining...I actually do like the common core, but many of my kiddos are not up to the challenge, though they've made great strides this year), a new school evaluation, little parental support, student apathy that gets worse every year, and admin that is all about how our school ranks in the community, it adds up for a lot of pressure that falls squarely upon the shoulders of those with the smallest voice (the teacher).

    That said, I wake up most mornings eager to go to work to see what the day will bring, and really do enjoy teaching 8th graders.

    I am, however, REALLY looking forward to spring break next week!
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    Quote Originally Posted by clanter View Post
    My thoughts are schools should stop progressing teachers into admen jobs and get professional managers to run the schools.
    This is an interesting theory; I know that my dad (a retired teacher) has said that very often the career track for principals start with phys. ed. teachers who have moved into management positions (like athletic director) and then on to assistant principals etc.

    When I worked for a charter school authorizers, some schools had two co-leaders - an executive or administrative director (person with business experience) and an academic director (former teacher) with shared responsibilities.

    I am not sure how the U.S. could change schools for the better at this point. I wonder what our education system would look like if we just took a blank sheet of paper and tried to imagine the best plan, versus trying to *fix* or amend what is already in existence to make it "better."



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    I hear ya... I'm a secondary art teacher in Texas, been teaching 15 years and they just changed the retirement number to 80 up from 70 (the total years teaching experience + your age needs to equal 80)... I just turned 40, so with 15 yrs experience, that only totals 55, so I have another 25 years of teaching to fully qualify for retirement. Hells no!! There's no way I can last that long! I'm desparately trying to find something else to do that I actually enjoy and make a living at... Totally burnt out.
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    My brother is a HS English teacher in Anchorage, AK. He's been teaching since 1999, and since 2004 in AK, but I don't know how much longer he's going to last. The pressures are enormous and only getting worse (e.g. pressure from the school system to do more written work, and oh BTW your classes will now average 38 kids, up from 33 a few years ago.)

    Also hear from a local friend in a VERY good school district here in MA that the amount of time he spends on the computer to do his job is awful... He has about 5 different online systems he has to record stuff in, and none of them talk to each other. He has the opposite problem of many teachers -- highly educated, professional parents who are all about good grades for their kids and are always hassling him to up grades 'just a little'. My brother, OTOH, if he can even get ahold of parents of some of the kids, gets a lot of "Teaching's your job, not mine." <click>
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    Thanks everyone-I'm glad I'm not the only one. I love Sharon Draper's book-Not Quite Burned Out, but Crispy Along the Edges. She states it so well. As I said, I love most of my students, but administration/parents/administration makes it very difficult to want to go to work every day.
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    Yes, it's my spring break and I've been having nightmares about the upcoming Standards of Learning tests the kids have to take every spring. I'm a special ed. teacher and the pressure to get these kids to pass is enormous. Never mind that their IQ is lower, they never do homework, most don't have a very good home life or supportive parents, but it's my fault if they don't pass. If I could find a horse related job that paid as much, I would be outta there in a heartbeat.


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    I think a better question is who isn't stressed out? I love my kids and love being in the classroom, but the issues with unsupportive administration and lackluster parents combined with greater demands on our time (yes, we do work full time) and student achievement are making me want another career. At least, a break longer than the precious few weeks of summer.
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    This year has been terrible at my school/in my state. New teacher evaluations, new standards, new tests, and new certifications we all need to get. Morale at my school is in the toilet. A teacher at lunch said it best: The only left that I could do that I'm not already doing is shove a broom handle up my ass so I can mop the floor while I go around helping kids. No joke, that pretty much sums it up.

    I know a lot of teachers in the same boat as you- It has changed so much, and you're eyeing retirement. I will not be surprised if there are a number of people that retire early just based on all this crap.


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    I'm no longer stressed. I quit. Just tired of teachers being blamed for everything when we have no real control.


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