I love teaching, and, in many respects, I love the school I'm in. I just don't know if I can make it through the school year, let alone face another. Every year I've taught (this is the 6th), I've had my schedule changed mid way through the year. The past 3 years have involved a scaling back of planning time. My first year I was moved from 7th to 5th, then to 5th S.S., then to 5th Math, and then to 5th reading. My second and third year just involved the administration not being able to decide whether they wanted to stick Science and S.S. together as a block or not, and then throwing a reading class in there somewhere through that year. I moved to a private school then, hoping it would be better, but each year about this time they "adjust" the schedule, which in the past has meant me losing some, but not all, of my planning time and maybe a shift in when I have certain classes. Today, they pulled me and the other middle school teachers in to discuss the loss of the 5th grade teacher. They are dealing with it by totally readjusting my schedule making me do team teaching where I was self contained before and taking away *all* of my planning time. Plus, they straddled me with the hardest curriculum, Language Arts, because in our school it's all basically "create your own." I'd had reason not to be happy with the school before now, and had done some looking last summer, only to be told that because I'd spent so long as a teacher I was now worthless as anything else. Since I wasn't looking really seriously I laughed it off. But now, I don't know what to do. I love my students to death, I've nurtured them for the past 2 1/2 years and not seeing them through this one seems like cheating them. But I'm just tired and I can't seem to muster up the enthusiasm to finish the year, and I really, really, really don't want to go back on Monday. On the other hand, I'm afraid that I really won't be able to find work if I leave. I guess I just need some encouragement. I just don't know anymore.