All that work for nothing...

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  1. scienceteach82

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    Lost job...

    Thanks everyone for the advice...I just didn't do enough
     
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    Oh honey I am sooooo sorry!!
     
  4. MsMar

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    I am so sorry to hear that. Hugs to you.
     
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    Oh, dear. st, this is sad; I hurt for you.
     
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    :hugs: st. I'm so sorry.
     
  7. scienceteach82

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    Nothing out there that doesn't require certification...I am working on it now...with my masters...but it feels hopeless without it.
     
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    When I read this, I just wanted to pick up the phone and call you-funny how that works. I'll be thinking about you all day, st. I didn't realize you didn't have your certification. Are you working through the end of the year? Did they give you concrete reasons?
     
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    Oh man, that's too bad.
     
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    How demoralizing.
     
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    He told me that some teachers have innate ability to teach...and I don't.
    Said I didn't improve enough.
    Working through end of year I guess.
     
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    I'm sorry that happened to *you too* this year. There are a few people on here who know what it feels like especially when you're trying hard and caring. Just know that you are not alone and that time does help pass the frustrations you may be feeling now.
     
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    Thanks for the responses...really sucks.
     
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    Isn't it amazing how much worse principals can make the situation? I'm just amazed at how people would seek out positions in which they should be leading and encouraging others, and they use those positions to bring down and hurt others. I know there are a lot of really great principals, but there are also a lot of really mean, hurtful ones-I don't think they realize how much pain they cause. And if I'm remembering right, this school led you on, right? Didn't they post your job, and then tell you it was just a formality? What a bunch of jerks.
     
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    I'm so sorry st. We're here for you.
     
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    Yes. Told me not to worry. LOL...out to lunch with myself right now. Very pricy one...oops.
     
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    Some administrators have an innate ability to lead; it doesn't sound as though yours does.

    Hang in there ST... have a good pity party for now, and give yourself some time.

    The right job will find you; it always does. This one just wasn't it.
     
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    :hugs: I am so sorry st, I know how hard you worked to meet their standards.:( The last comment sounds like something that my principal will say...
     
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    Ouch... that hurts.

    I'm so sorry to hear about that!

    You WILL find a good district...don't give up!
     
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    Thanks. Hanging out at the mall with bf's 4yr old. She makes me laugh.
     
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    Do theyhave a cinnabon at the mall?? They ALWAYS make me feel better :D
     
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    Hugs ST. So sorry. You do have the innate ability to teach. He doesn't know what he is talking about. Keep your spirits up, the perfect job will come along.
     
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    I'm so sorry that this has happened to you.
     
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    My coworkers called and said department head avoided them luke the plague...
     
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    I'm sorry. Doubly sorry that the principal is such an a s s , too.

    Will you apply to private schools?
     
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    You were working at a private school weren't you?
     
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    Yes...catholic school. Most private schools are asking teachers to be certified...and the ones that aren't I already applied to...no one called back
     
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    How close are you to certification?

    And what area(s) are you close in? Bio alone? Can you get certified relatively easily in Chem??
     
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    1 year...in 5-12 science
     
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    If I take the GACE tests that to with each subject (like the praxis)
    But...through this program...I still have to do student teaching...which is so stupid. I was going to do it through my school...and they said ok.
     
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    OK, here's what I would do:

    For starters, definitely some chocolate therapy tonight!!!

    Next, I would look into taking the GACE for Bio (which I assume you're fairly likely to pass) and if possible, also Chem.

    Next, check your state website and with your college; see if there's any way your year of teaching will count as student teaching.

    Go into work tomorrow prepared to give the performance of your life! Paste a smile onto your face if it kills you. Be as professional as you can. Right now your eye is on letters of recommendation from anyone at your school in a position to write one.

    But first, go get that chocolate!
     
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    So sorry to hear this. Hugs to you!
     
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    OH NO!

    I am so sorry st! :hugs: :hugs:
     
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    Great advice Alice! And ST has two years of teaching. So that should count for something. I didn't learn anything from my student teaching experience.
     
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    :agreed:

    This kinda stuff scares me.
     
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    Thanks for the great advice
     
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    I am so sorry!! Hugs and positive thoughts your way!!! Eat some chocolate!!
     
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    Some people are born with the inate ability to teach??? What is the college degree, certification, and student teaching all about, dumb moronic man! Why don't those with "inate ability" just go straight from h.s. to teaching?

    Yes, I know some people have a gift of teaching. But I have to stick up for you here. I think you have a bad match of school to your teaching style. I hope you will keep trying to find another job. I am telling you, from your posts I feel like a pygmie teacher compared to you!

    Please don't take this one person's word that you are not a teacher. Try to apply at schools that might match your philosophy better - it will make all the difference in the world!

    I had two choices of where to teach - one school is very rigid, follow the guide, you have to be at a certain place in every subject every week, lots of supervision, very strict on the teachers and students. They do a great job but I would never fit in there - I struggle to be on time, to keep the momentum going in my classroom. Sometimes my transitions are noisy. Sometimes I can my plan and do something just for fun with the kids. Would not work at that school, though I love the people.

    At my school, we are given the curriculum guide and told "Order what you need to accomplish the task." We have almost total freedom within the classroom to accomplish the goals in the way we feel best suits our teaching style and the learning style of the kids. I love it here.

    I 'm so sorry. I truly feel you have not been evaluated properly, you have not been guided properly, too much has been expected of you, and you have been given unclear expectations. Yes, maybe you can improve as a teacher as we all should improve every year. But the work you have done - it just sounds like a blessing in disguise to tell you the truth. I believe there is the right school/admin. out there where you will fit in, be praised, be guided gently. I wish I could give you a big hug.
     
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    Thank you :)
    I sure could use a hug! I love this site and all of you! I can always sub and work on my certification...I know there are some options...just sucks right now.
    I loved my kids :( they made teaching fun...I really tried. I don't feel it was fair at all. I want to meet with him again and tell him so.
     
  40. bonneb

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    Get your references from your colleagues.

    Subbing and working on your certification is a great idea. I am working on certification right now and it is a lot of work but in the long run will really pay off. For you too!

    Have a glass of wine and go to bed early. Yes, I agree with the previous poster - keep your head up and keep smiling if it kills you! You said something very telling - "I loved my kids; they made teaching fun." That means you are a teacher!
     
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    So sorry to hear that :hugs:
     

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