Okay, I guess don't know if you really should quit or not. But for those of you who want to quit because you feel discouraged and you feel like you might not be effective enough, don't quit just yet! I suppose this is mostly for first/second year teachers- though veterans aren't excluded. I posted on this site a few times during my first year of teaching and then forgot about it. I remembered the site a few months ago (years after my first posts) and was surprised to see how discouraged I sounded in all of my posts. I was close to quitting because I thought I just couldn't be a good teacher. I was getting so much negative feedback and extra responsibilities seemed to be piled on each day. I thought I just shouldn't be a teacher, I wasn't cut out for it. Hindsight is always 20/20, and as it turns out I was actually just in a bad school. It was a toxic environment that seemed to thrive on negativity. Yes, I had plenty to work on as a new teacher, but new teachers need encouragement not what is often given. I moved to a new school and it's a completely different experience. This school focuses on encouraging teachers and being realistic about what is expected of them. It's a much better fit and I'm much happier as a teacher. The point is, if you're a new teacher, don't give up just yet! You might need a new school. You might need some adjustment time. But chances are you're a good teacher with good potential and if you quit now you'll be depriving your future students of the chance to have an experienced talented teacher later on. Try to avoid those who don't do anything but gossip and bring others down. What really matters is the students, and if they know you care about them and they are improving or you are doing what you can to help them improve, then you're a good teacher. And we need you! That's all. I guess this is an anti-rant to make up for the rants I made a few years ago Good luck first years!