Part of me really wants to become a teacher and I've been pursuing this goal for a while now: volunteering at schools, teaching overseas, studying for the CSET and thinking about getting my credential training application together. I'm coming into the game a bit later on in life, and I'd like to be a SPED teacher because it seems like they're the most in demand for the elementary school level. Plus, I like that there's an element of creative problem solving needed to help these struggling kids. I love kids and spending time with them. I'm also attracted to teaching because it involves community building and teamwork, and the steady paycheck and vacation time isn't bad either! But everywhere I go people unload to me about how hard it is to be a teacher; the lack of support, the bratty kids, the politicking co-workers. My mom's a teacher and she has been, ahem, *less* than supportive. Yesterday, a man overheard me talking into my cell phone about my plans and took the time to tell me about his years of teaching in an urban school board. He said he was glad his children had decided not to be teachers and he "shudders to think of them stepping into a class room". I think I've got a bit of an advantage because I am a bit older, so I (in theory at least) know myself a better than someone in their early 20s. But I know I'm not the most forceful/agressive personality. I like to think that if I'm proactive and work to develop trust and respect in the classroom that I won't have insurmountable behavior problems. I guess I'd like to hear from the happy teachers out there. Does it get any easier to cope with behaivior issues? Are you happy you made the decision to become a teacher? Are you the type who brings it all home with you or are you able to relax at the end of the day? Do you find the work load overwhelming? If so, how do you keep yourself happy? I really appreciate your responses!