Several of you have given me advice on this situation and I appreciate it so much. Now I want to post my story so if anyone ever searches, like I did, for someone who knows what they are going through they will have my account. Maybe it will help. This year has been a nightmare. I was handed a boxed curriculum that was awful and told I must do those lessons. The lessons were so bad I had behavior problems as a result. I found out the teacher before me struggled as well. On top of that I was given a LOT of very high maintenance IEP kids with very little, if any, support. I have been so miserable that every morning on my way to work I stop in an empty parking lot for twenty minutes and just sit there dreading the day. Now you would think a boxed curriculum would mean no lesson planning but turns out not. I planned for hours on end thinking of how I could modify it to fit my style. It was more stressful than if i could just start from scratch and do my own thing. Finally I’d had enough. I scheduled a meeting woth the principal in which I told her “I have tried to make this curriculum work, but the blood, sweat, and tears that I have to put in for that is i sustainable. It is at the point where the stress is not only affecting me but it is affecting my family (which us true) and so it’s time to give you my resignation.” She was very understanding. I told her I will finish up the semester and even work into January to ensure a smooth transition to a new teacher. I was scared she would be mad and that my colleagues would look down on me but everyone has been incredibly supportive. One teacher even said “Good for you! This job is not worth all the stress that comes with it.” The truth is I am done with education. I have done 15 years and I am proud of that work, but the industry has moved into an area that I just have no interest in. I detest the purely inquiry-based teaching model. I have no interest in being “the guide on the side.” I am sure this too shall pass, but I don’t believe direct teach will ever come back because consultants cannot make any money off it. So farewell educators. Thank you for your continued dedication. I wish I could have stuck it out but, for reasons I will not bore you with, I believe God is calling me out of education.