I used to think that first grade teachers had the hardest job, but these last few years have made me rethink that. I'm not sure I've got another fifth grade year in me. Love the kids, the curriculum is OK, but I am dead worn-out and so stressed with the expectations that ... I can get every child to pass the state end-of-elementary school test (retention if they don't), and meet AYP, and get them to pass the state writing test at some ridiculous level, and make them come to school, and meet with every parent so many times per year, and take off students who are on "remedial" lists because they'd have to hire another teacher, and please teach right up to the last minute of the day, give them their DIBELS tests, you're late on turning in the results, and why aren't your standards posted, and we have to meet to compare your students' scores on the standardized test with the other teachers on your team, and no, all classes are even even though it just looks like there are 15 gifted in one class and 1 in another, and yes you have to teach volcanoes at the same time as Civil War, and so-and-so's parents want you to send two copies of everything from now on because they are divorcing and can't communicate, here's a few more ESL students, yes they are taking the test without modifications, please take all speech artic students off the list because we won't be providing them with services that are medical in nature anymore, where are your lesson plans, and please remember no down time because 5 minutes every day adds up some blah blah number every week, and blah blah number every month..... I was thinking about becoming a cookie maker last night. I could sell them at the local convenience store--you know, those little baskets they put on the counter..... Any other ideas on how to make money?