I could really use some advice. Let me give some quick background. I have four kids, married and in my mid 40's. I subbed at my kids elementary school for five years and absolutely loved it. I was the most requested substitute. I am very book smart, graduated with honors in college, received my Masters Degree in Elementary Education: Curriculum and Instruction. I have passed all the certification tests. The principal at my children's elementary school would never give me an interview or hire me. After I finished my Masters Degree, I went searching elsewhere. I ended up finding a job out of area. It is an hour to work and often two hours home. It has taken a huge toll on my family, as I am not there and my house and kids room are in bad shape. I spend so much time focused on work, totally neglecting my home and family. I am lucky in the fact that financially I don't need to work and the money is not that great, so losing it would not be that big of a deal. I am teaching in a tough area. I subbed at the A school. And am currently at a Title I school where the entire student population receives free lunch. It has been very tough. I have had 15 suspensions this year, my classroom management sucks and I do NOT have eyes in the back of my head. My students are progressing, but not as much as I would like. The job is absolutely horrendous and I hate it. I am not the type to quit and would stay until the end of the year if it wasn't for... I have a START teacher who comes in to observe and then rates me. She has had four visits and on this last one, EVERY SINGLE mark was on Developing. Then my principal met with me and gave me an UNSATISFACTORY rating, along with Developing. I had to sign a paper stating that I realize that I am doing poorly. I had every intention of finishing the school year and then quit teaching. But now with an UNSATISFACTORY rating and the rest NEEDS IMPROVEMENT, and another follow up at the end of January. I am wondering would it be better to quit now, or get fired at the end of the year with an UNSATISFACTORY rating. Though I love the students and love teaching, I do NOT have eyes in the back of my head. I am really oblivious to my surroundings. I had over 200 applications in at the good district, and had over 20 interviews with out being hired. Now I am thinking if I ever do want to try to teach again, which would be worse? Quitting mid year with Unsat rating or getting fired at the end of the year with an official UNSATISFACTORY rating????