What gets you through the toughest times in your teaching career?

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  1. TeacherNY

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    Sounds like this poster's eyes are bigger than her stomach, if you get my drift.
     
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    Sounds like this poster’s brain is smaller than her heart, if you catch mine. :)
     
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  3. LittleShakespeare

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    Oh no, a PhD program is funded. I will not go into debt paying for a PhD when they pay you to research there. My grad school debt is mainly from my master’s degree.

    Also, I held off on the mortgage to minimize my debt first and boost that credit score. That’s why I kept my current job, even when I didn’t want to. I also needed the health insurance for my medicine. :( I’m also working a second job (tutoring) to minimize my debt, and it’s been going pretty well so far. I just tutor on the weekends to make some extra cash.

    I’ve actually stopped taking papers home to grade, and I’ve started noticing a difference in my health. Things have been really great knowing this situation is time-stamped.
     
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    I wanted to know what gets teachers during the tough times, but I feel like this conversation went somewhere else completely. I understand why, and I humbly apologize if my posts have upset anyone. I appreciate how you’ve listened and offered me some kind words of wisdom. I don’t think I’ll be posting for advice in regards to my school. I honestly don’t need to anymore because I have my answer.

    Although I considered your advice and heard multiple perspectives, at the end of the day, I have to do what’s right for me. I have bills. I have a resume to boost. I have students who are counting on me, even if it’s just a small population. I have my family who needs me right now. It’s just six months, and then I’m off to something better. I already handed in my resignation (effective June 15th). Things have gotten a lot easier knowing this isn’t forever. It’s just till June 15th.

    In the meantime, I’m working hard to eliminate my credit card debt, singing in choir again, taking care of my health, going to the gym, and refusing to take work home. I’ll be all right. Just keep me in your prayers. ;)

    Thanks so much, everybody! I hope everyone is adjusting well after winter break. I’m trying so hard not to go to bed at 6:30 PM most days. :p
     
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    Prayer. I look at my daughter's baby book, and seeing how much progress she has made. Seeing my debt load reach 3 digits!
     
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    That’s so awesome. :)
     
  7. MathGuy31

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    Wrong
    Post:)
     
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    Honestly, my team members get me through the tough times (and, of course, my family). Having a team that is on the same page and can understand when I need to vent is so helpful. Chances are that one of them is experiencing the same things that I am with respect to our classes.
     
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    I’m so sorry, I thought she meant that her debt has gone down to three digits, like $500 for example. :(
     
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    I read it that way too. I saw it as a positive.
     
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    I think your correct. I misread:(
     
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    What gets me through the toughest times teaching is to find something to be really passionate about in the classroom. All of us probably entered the classroom because we believed we have something special to offer to education and children. What is it? Passion for STEM, literature, challenging students, getting students to believe in themselves, history, or something else? When I get excited it helps me to get through the dark and challenging times of life.

    Also a positive colleague and a positive book lift me up. As they say, people basically stay the same except for the books they read and the people they meet.
     
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    Thanks so much, everybody. I’m hoping to stay positive. Four and a half months left. My vice principal failed my observation again. :( What’s killing me is that I’m doing the same exact lessons the other teachers are doing, and she’s still finding holes in everything. I’m always kind to her, and I think that was my epic fail. She is taking my kindness for weakness, and that’s why she sees me as an easy target. I would care more if I were actually staying, but my goodness, I can’t wait to leave this place. Our bathrooms haven’t been cleaned since September, and when I called in a work order, the custodian yelled at me and said he has a bad back. :-/

    I even had a student try to assault me a few weeks ago, and instead of suspending him, the VP sent him back to my class as usual. However, three days ago, when he raised his voice at her, she sent him to ISS. What the actual fudge? :p Luckily, I have security in my classroom at all times now.

    I’m planning a vacation for summer break. That’s what’s keeping me going. I also do have some wonderful kids, so whenever I’m having a bad day, I think of them. I think of God, and singing, and my beloved books. I can do this. :)
     
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    Wow! My last day is May 31st. I feel bad for you...
     
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    I’m all right, honey. I’ve actually stopped taking work home on weeknights and weekends. I also don’t check my work email when I’m home. I’m noticing a huge difference in my wellbeing. Also, things are somewhat easier knowing that this hell hole is timestamped.

    It just scares me sometimes. Maybe I’m sheltered or naive, but I never really thought a school could be this terrible. It’s really, REALLY bad. If only I could write a book about the horrors, the nepotism, the disorganization, the teachers who don’t have a classroom, so they’re teaching in the hallways, the hilarious miscommunications, the wrong people in power, and the lack of professionalism. May God forgive me. :( I really wanted it to work. I put my heart, soul, blood, sweat, and tears into this school. I bought books for each child when our book room wouldn’t suffice. I spent nights, weekends, and free time just writing lesson plans and analyzing every little detail so I could be better. It makes me so sad that my boss hates me so much when I’ve done everything I could to advocate for these kids. It’s just a toxic environment, and I don’t belong there.

    I’m so excited for my last day. I actually have a countdown on my phone. Lol! :p
     
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    I’m glad that you finally put you first! It’s about bloody time!
     
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    That's what everyone should do.
    You also have to create your own happiness. You can't depend on other people or situations to make you happy unless you are happy with yourself first.
     
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    The things that help me get through tough times teaching are the things that make me happy in my LIFE. My life and my job are seperate. I don't lump them together and let problems at school invade my personal life.
     
  19. LittleShakespeare

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    Oh, yes. I definitely learned to separate the two, and I’ve been so much happier. :heart:
     
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    Knowing that the next school break is on the horizon.
     

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