It's only the 4th week of school, and I already hate teaching :(

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  1. d_anne5

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    I'm a first year teacher, and I teach 6th grade English. It's only the fourth week of school, and I already despise teaching.

    The kids are writing their first essay, and while I thought I was well-prepared w/ a power point of breaking the writing process down w/ my own examples, so I'm writing my story w/ them, they just aren't getting it. At all.

    I feel like I exude so much energy to teach, and when I'm finished, half of the hands go up for help b/c "they don't get it."

    I thought I had the patience, but I don't. Not only that, but I'm just not happy w/ the subject area. I've realized that just b/c I'm a decent writer doesn't mean I'll like to teach it. . .and I don't. It's boring. I feel for the kids. I try not to show it b/c I don't want them to feed off of my feelings, but it's just a long, boring, tedious process and subject to teach.

    Teaching isn't what I expected. I'm so over it. Most people are telling me that it's my first year, and I'll feel this way, it's natural, etc. Sorry but I just flat out don't want to do this. Teaching is just not for me.

    I want to find something else to do w/ my life. I just want to find a job where I'm HAPPY, and I can pay my bills. I feel stuck b/c you can't do much w/ an education degree BUT teach. Ugh.
     
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  3. smalltowngal

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    There are several jobs that you can do outside of teaching with an education degree, and with your love of writing you could probably go into writing for textbooks.

    I wouldn't give up just yet. Students need to get back into the swing of school, and that sometimes takes more than 4 weeks.

    Where in TX are you?
     
  4. Samothrace

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    That if you're new to them, it'll take time for the to warm up to you. And depending on what kind of district you're in, the way we are taught in college to do lessons and what it's really like are completely different! lol

    While a power point is really organized it's not the most interesting or interactive way for them to get information.

    I feel like I exude so much energy to teach, and when I'm finished, half of the hands go up for help b/c "they don't get it."

    You aren't done teaching after you give them the information. The teaching comes in when you help find ways to see and understand. Giving them the info and being done doesn't mean they'll get it.

    What is your certification in? Maybe you'd like it more with a different age.

    That's what I love about being art, I;m PK-12 so I can teach any grade level.
     
  5. teachinLA

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    I am sorry that you are not enjoying your first year of teaching. I am not going to tell you that the first year is really hard (which it is) I am just going to give some suggestions that may help. What program are you using to teach the writing process? Have you tried using 6th traits of writing. It does a really nice job by breaking the process up and you focus on one trait at a time when you teach which makes it easier. Also what are they writing about? You can use picture books (I know they are 6th graders) to get them rolling. As a matter of fact 6 traits does have teaching writing using picture books and the books they use are fantastic. Have you tried a writers workshop? You can do that a few times a week and work with those kids who don't get it in small groups. My last recommendation is this writing prompt box that Lakeshore sales for 4-6th graders and they have fun prompts and they have graphic organizers to help the kids get started.
    Hope this helps a bit. Good luck.
     
  6. KAM

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    I sense a lot of new-teacher frustration being expressed on these message boards; it is so helpful to vent your frustrations and obtain feedback from more experienced teachers. My only suggestion would be to hang with it at least for the first half of this academic year and see if there are improvements over that time before making a career change. Good luck!
     
  7. ValinFW

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    D_Anne~ I'm sorry to hear you're having a hard time. 6th grade is tough, especially if your district has a traditional 6-8 middle school set-up. I taught 6th grade English (writing & grammar only, no reading) last year. I really like the book Reviving the Essay by Gretchen Bernabei. It has fantastic ideas for getting the kids engaged in their writing and making it their own. That way, you don't have to suffer through 150 of the exact same essay. PM me if you want to talk more.
    ~Val
     
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    I'd suggest that you break your lesson down into much smaller steps. Perhaps you are going over writing a topic sentence. You give the power point, you give your example, then you ask "Billy, what is your topic sentence going to be?" If he gives you a good one, say "Great, write that down, now..." If it isn't, have the class help fix it up. Go around the room and get each child started this way.

    Then go onto giving three good examples for each point. Show your power point. Give your examples in "bullet" form (not in complete sentences.) Now ask each student, "What are your three details?" If they are strong, great! If they are not, as a class, help them fix it up. Once they all have them written down, then explain that they need to put them into complete sentences. Show them a power point on this. Give a personal example. (Explain that the sentences must be varied and not start exactly the same, etc.) Now tell them to begin writting their three complete sentences. Walk around the room and read them over their shoulder. Give them suggestions and help with tricky points. If they all start in the same way, help them find more creative ways to word the sentences.

    Then go on....

    This is just an example. If half the class is raising their hands, then you need to try a different approach. I'd suggest breaking it down into much smaller increments.

    Good luck!
     
  9. L.ArtsTeacher

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    I hate it too

    I was traveling 80 miles rt to teach seniors in an at risk program. That wasn't the greatest experience, but I got through the school year in one piece. Then I decided to get a position closer to home to save on gas. My job is only 5 miles away, and the pay is 'slightly' better. That's where all positives end. I got a position at a middle school, teaching language arts to 8th graders.

    I hate what I'm doing. Passionately.

    I swear the city dumped all the ADHD kids in this one school. They are wild. Teachers spend their days yelling, screaming, sending kids to ISS. Some are like drill sargents. You can see their blood pressure boiling in their eyes. I can't do that. It hurts my throat and head to yell like they do to try to keep order. And it does no good, except for that moment, and then you have to do it all over again the next class. These kids fight a lot too, and their ignorant parents encourage it. I overheard one parent telling her 10 year old 5th grader to "mop the floor up with d'em b's......." Very disconcerting.

    I dread each Monday. The kids won't pay attention. The work they do complete is so sub par that I have to teach from 2nd - 5th grade lesson plans to work on skills they should have gotten much earlier. I even have to speak what I call "baby-talk," because their vocabularies are so poor. I find it incredulous that I am expected to bring them up to the 8th grade level to pass the state tests and meet the NCLB standards. Unbelievable.

    I feel that the administration didn't give me the full picture when I interviewed. They said the kids were "different" in that they mostly came from single parent homes. I thought, well, so did I, so I can relate. They did not tell me that the school had gone through a half dozen principals in two years and that 11 teachers quit or transfered out last year. There are only 24 teachers here.

    Individually, I like most of the kids, but the group dynamic is overwhelming. The noise level in the halls and from surrounding class rooms is stifling. Having to escort them to their other classes, the restroom, and the cafeteria, is like taking a walk through a mental ward. They can't be left alone, because they will erupt. A mental ward might be more orderly. I get a 20 minute break between five classes, with my planning period at the end of the day. One day I spent the whole planning period crying.

    I sold real estate for six years and retired my license this past spring, because the housing market tanked. I avoided teaching like the plague for 30 years, because I remembered my student teaching experience. Necessity made me go back into teaching in the public schools. I've been kicking myself ever since. It's such a horrible experience.

    I wish I could find a nice corporate training position, or even a job teaching adults --- who were once the troublemakers and now realize they better get it together. I would love a motivated student, because I am a good teacher. If something decent turns up before the school year ends, I'm out, but I have a feeling that I'll be here next spring. The thought really depresses me.
     
  10. Pisces_Fish

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    I feel for you in a lot of ways. Although I'm not ready to throw in the towel, I'm certainly...disenchanted. Teaching writing is so hard, and I'm also finding it extremely boring! I wish you luck.
     
  11. Scientifical_3

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    Like yourself I hated teaching from the first day. It was nothing like I thought it would be. My student teaching went well and I liked the school I was at. I got a job at a different school and I thought it was going to be fine. The administration talked the school up and how grand everything was.

    When I got into it, things were so different. A good portion of the students were terrible, for me and for experienced teachers. The school has a school-wide discipline thing that doesn't work. As teachers we could not send students out of our classrooms to ISS, only principals could put students in ISS. There were so many things to keep up with, I just couldn't handle it.

    So I quit my job this past week. I have never felt better. I had talked to the administration for a few weeks prior and let them know things. When I turned in my resignation, things were handled and I was told I didn't have to show back up. I am so glad to be done with teaching or at least done with teaching at this school. Best of luck with whatever you decide to do. But do not stay in the job if you continue to feel terrible. I couldn't take that either. Good luck and follow your gut.
     
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    I only teach first but writer's workshop and 6 traits is a great mix. My kids absolutely love writers workshop and we have only been in school 4 weeks. Friday they earned free time to play games and half of them got out their writing folders and did that instead. Granted a lot of it is drawing but there is some great writing coming out of them for 6 year olds.

    Ralph Fletcher has a book on Writer's Workshop and Vicki Spandel has one called Creating Writers which covers the 6 traits.

    I agree with the comment about breaking it up. It isn't one time deal especially if they have minimal writing skills in the first place.

    Keep your chin up. Do you have a mentor who can help you?

    Lemon
     
  13. Jem

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    Some environments are just tough. I taught for two years in fifth grade, and loved it. Then I moved out to San Fran to teach middle school science-I quit in Feb. It was a terrible, terrible school. Much like the pp-no discipline, students were bringing guns and putting 409 in our coffee, etc. Terrible. Now I'm at a private school in third grade, and I love it again. No school is perfect-I'm finding out some very disturbing things about my current school that are making me love the school much less, but not my students or my classroom. I think I'll be opening my own school in the next year or two because I just can't stand watching idiots running schools and ruining students. But until then, I just look for the best places I can work. Don't be afraid to walk out for the year, and try again next year. Or keep your eyes open for open positions this year-Craigslist is a great way to find jobs around here.
     
  14. lemonhead

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    If the environment is bad then maybe get out. My bad, I didn't see anythig about the environment.

    Hijack

    JEMM!!!! how is your year going?
     
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    Hey, lemonhead! It's awesome. My principal told me yesterday that she wants me to teach straight from the anthology and stop using reading workshop, though. I'm hoping to schedule a meeting with our owner next week, as that is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard. Other than that, it's fantastic! I hope yours is going well, too!!

    Hijack over. ;)
     
  16. L.ArtsTeacher

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    How long did you teach?

    I've always tried to finish what I start, but this will be an exception. I called in sick for the first time in almost 20 years of working. Even last year, when I had bronchitis, I showed up. I just hate that I don't have any other source of income, especially with the economy being so bad. I'm fine at the end of the day on Fridays, ok on Saturdays, and then the anxiety builds by Sunday night. No one should have to work under these conditions and still have so many demands to meet. It's not humane.

    I feel sorry for the troubled kids. They are a reflection of their upbringing. The good kids are caught in the middle of the chaos with their own education suffering. These parents, who think it's appropriate to allow their kids to disrespect teachers and their classmates, need to be held accountable. They need to do the time for the misdeeds their children commit.

    A friend suggested that maybe public school shouldn't be free, because some people tend not to respect things that are free. In fact, they grumble and gripe, won't come to PTO meetings or open houses, and show up only to raise hell with the people who are babysitting their improperly raised brats.
     
  17. Budaka

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    Teaching isn't for everyone but let me tell that every school is different. I quit this first school that I taught at after one semester. It was horrible but I am so glad that I went on! I actually quit a small private school and went on to an inner-city school where I taught for five years. I am so glad that I tried another school. Not every situation is the same.

    You are also being very hard on yourself. Most teachers don't teach the perfect lesson their first year! It takes a while to figure out what works and what doesn't. I taught 7th and 8th language arts last year and didn't not like it at all. It was so boring! However, during the summer I attended a National Writing Project class and I have totally changed the way I teach writing. Not only are my students having fun and learning more but I am too!

    At least try to make it to the end of the semester. Do you have any system of support from other teachers?
     
  18. smalltowngal

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    Budaka-I have heard such great things about that National Writing project. Is it the New Jersey Writing Project? My home district requires all teachers to attend the three week seminar. The morning session is more lecture, telling you about the program. The afternoon session is more hands on on how to implement it into your classroom. You actually make things that you can use in your classroom too.

    Maybe this is something that the OP can look into as a way to make writing exciting.
     
  19. Cat Pistol

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    I'm hating life too!

    Wow it's good to know I'm not alone! This is my third year teaching, and my whole teaching career has been nothing but one headache and heatache after another. I should have known not to become a teacher when I first started student teaching and right from the get go my Master Teacher and Supervisor hated me and made my life miserable.

    My first year of teaching I taught 8th grade in a fairly decent school, but the children were the worst on the face of the planet. I left school miserable and in tears just about everyday. My grade-level partner is a major kiss-ass and with the addition of a new principal he hung me out to dry and left me to flounder and fail. The principal blammed me for not having control over the children, but there was no controlling them. The RSP teacher and Title I teacher also had a hand in sabotaging me and to top it off my BTSA mentors did little to nothing to help me with the problems. In the end they asked me to leave early and I still look back on that experience with hurt and upset because I wasn't given a fair chance and no one did anything to diffuse the situation. All of these bad kids should have NEVER been put in the same class together.

    After picking up the pieces of my shattered ego, I ended up working at a Montessori in the preschool because that was the only job I could get so late in the year. I'm not a cutsey little kid kinda person and this was a stretch for me, but I held out because it was a job and there was the potential to get an elementary position in this school later the coming fall. I made it through the summer and a teaching position came up for the fall because this Montessori has such a high turn over rate due to the way the school is run. I took the job because it was in teaching and teaching jobs are in dire shortage in LA. I should have thought more about this before taking that position because at the main Montessori the rooms have video cameras in all of them and we were video tapped every moment of every school day. The class size itself was a teachers dream only 13 children to me, but it was a 4/5 split and that's difficult no matter how many children you have. Now, the children come from spoiled priviledged backgrounds and do not know how to function as students and are just as bad off as any public school child is. One girl, developed the "Queen Bee" mentality because the school is so small and she treated anyone she could as a pawn and horribly. I realized I would stay here until something better came up. Ironically, I got a call from LAUSD with a few positions and I started to interview because I needed to be in a better paying position. I took a 4/5 split in a school at the crossroads of Compton and Watts because the school looked nice and the principal seemed nice. Boy was I wrong. I made it through last year fine with these kids and got some things worked out ok, but then at the end of the year things started to take a new turn.

    I was leaving school on the last day of school and getting ready to be on a different track, and the school called me on the way home saying they would have to switch my track back and that I would be getting the same chlidren I had last year this year again with some new ones. This year has started off ok. I've gotten some efficiency things down, but there's still so much of this job that dissatisfies me. I hate that I have to yell at children all day everyday. I hate the fact that nothing I do is ever right or good enough. I hate the feeling that there is no way of effectively teaching my children because 1. They don't care about education. and 2. There is such a huge discrepancy between the levels of ELL's I have that I cannot effectively teach ANY of them. I hate that my administration does not support us teachers and that our AP is bipolar to the point that you never know what you're going to get from her. I had a child strangle one of my students and then beat another with a jumprope and nothing was done to this child. I was called and told, "Did you call the mother?" Nothing else came of this incident. There is so much of teaching that I thought I would get used to and be able to ignore by now, but it's only getting worse and I'm at a point where even though it's been 2 1/2 years for me, I'm ready to leave and do something else.

    It's so frustrating because I feel like I'm stuck because of our countries current economic status. My teaching friends, husband, and mother think I should stay because this is not the time to be looking at other careers and jobs in this job market, but why stay in something where you dread going back from being off-track and are beginning to be miserable. I thought well maybe if I go back to school and get a MA in something I could leave the classroom, but it doesn't look like those jobs are that easy to come by as a Curriculum Design or even a School Counselor/Psychologist and I don't know that I want to be around children any more. I've come to realize I have ZERO patience for whiny children, disrespectful children, and those that are ill-prepared for me. I don't know the more I keep writing this post, the more it makes me realize I need to make a change soon, before my attitude and feelings start effecting the children.
     
  20. ZoomZoomZOOM

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    Aww man these posts make me sad. Still, it's definitely the place to come and let it all out - look you've "met" two other folks who are in the same boat.

    I know a lot of folks are giving you advice and telling you to buck up, but I'm on the other end of the spectrum. I'm thinking you know yourself better than anyone and if your job is making you absolutely miserable, then you need to find something else asap and get out of there.

    (By the way, I teach an elementary level special ed class which means every subject - and even I get bored with stuff. I can't imagine teaching one subject. Yikes.)
     
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    Budaka--

    This is a little off-topic, but I was wondering how you were able to quit a private school. Did they make you sign a contract before you began? If so, how did you get out of it?

    I'm in my 4th week of my 1st year teaching at an international school, and I hate it. I really want to leave, get my teaching credential, and work in public schools, but I'm not sure how to get out of my contract...Any suggestions?
     
  22. smilingteacher

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    Teaching is a joy.This is my first year. I got lucky with my 8th graders. I have my share of problems. Today, two 8th graders were running in class and one tripped and made a huge scene of it and were suspended. I'm sure there are worse problems. I love my job because of the people and the care they put into the lives of children. I know this job is hard and it may not see as though you do nothing but babysit. Children need excellent teachers. The world needs amazing teachers. Be clear and consistent with these kids and the will love you for it. It will take a few years.

    Have a wonderful day :D
     
  23. Budaka

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    I left after one semester. If they had wanted to they could have made be stay. Even when I was quitting the principal told me he still thought I was the best person for the job. I bet he did. I was teaching four levels of Spanish, journalism, speech. I was sophomore class sponsor and did yearbook. I had no support. As a first year teacher it was way too much. I basically have the same load now but with 15 years experience it is much more doable. No wonder teaching has such a high turnover. We don't treat our first year teachers very well!
     
  24. d_anne5

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    Thanks for all of your replies. It's good to know I know I'm not the only one, but it's good to read specific responses as to what other newbies are going through.

    I do have a great grade-level person I can turn to. She's the English chairperson at my school. I've been following her lead, but it's hard when we don't have a planning period together. Lesson planning and advice is taken/given usually through email, phone, or whenever we get a spare moment after school. I still feel lost most of the time.

    My team is nice, but their conversations about everything seem to go waaay over my head. I ask questions and try to keep up, but I still feel lost.

    As for what writing process, I'm required to teach "Write for the Future." It's a 9 step process (not including the rough draft, editing/revising, and final copy) that my district adopted a few years ago. It took the students three weeks to write their first essay. It's a step-by-step guide with thinking maps.

    I like it, but it takes sooooooo looooooong. It's the first time these kids have gone through this process, so it took forever. I'm hoping it'll go by a little faster next time.

    I've heard of Writer's Workshops (I think from college?), but I don't remember what they are. So much info has been crammed into my brain that I don't remember half the stuff from college.

    I'm just so overwhelmed b/c there's soooooo much crammed into the curriculum, and I don't know how I'm going to cover everything PLUS write an essay, AND have time to grade 140 essays BEFORE the 6 weeks ends.

    I've graded 4 periods so far. It's their first essay, so I'm not expecting any outstanding, wonderfully written essays, but I was HOPING they would know where to put a period or capitalize the first letter of a sentence or capitalize "I." We went over this stuff before the paper.

    It's like I teach, but they don't transfer the knowledge to their essay. Then I exude soooo much energy grading and deciphering these essays. It's sooooo exhausting.

    It just seems like things have changed soooo much since I've been in school and before then. When I was in 6th grade, I knew simple grammar, parts of speech (noun, verb, adjective, etc.), and simple punctuation. This was back during the TAAS era.

    This stupid NCLB is supposed to be sooo great and wonderful, but these kids still can't pass TAKS. According to NCLB, if they don't pass TAKS, they don't advance to the next grade. However, they've done a great job at throwing in a HUGE loophole by letting kids be PLACED into the next level. So what's the point of NCLB?

    Ok, I'm going off on tangents now. I'm just not a happy person. I am so miserable. I just moved out on my own, started this new career, and now I feel like I'm stuck. I have to teach to financially support myself. There's nothing else I can do. I briefly searched paraprofessional jobs at local colleges. I'm just ready to get out of the classroom.
     
  25. Peachyness

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    d_anne5, I'm sorry that you are so unhappy right now. Life is sooooooo short, that we don't have the time to be so stressed and unhappy. I was in a pretty miserable situation at the end of last school year. I resigned and ended up finding a different school that I like.

    I taught fifth grade last year and I LOVED working with the kids, but yes, they were so low. I spent so much time teaching them what verbs are, nouns, simple grammar, etc. Stuff that I was teaching my KINDERGARTNERS the year before! What if you just did that? What if you took a step backwards and taught them grammar and punctuation? I mean, maybe it'll save your headaches when it comes to grading. Give them short stories to write so that grading will be easier. What if you did that for now? I bend all sorts of rules that the admin wants me to follow, like follow the basal readers script- HAH, I will not! I know my kids and where they are at and what I need to do to take them to the next level. I do what I need to do for the kids. Okay, I'm rambling now. I just feel bad for you!
     
  26. d_anne5

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    It's hard to find time to reteach because we have a curriculum scope and sequence that the district follows. If we spend time reteaching, which we need to, it cuts back on time spent on teaching concepts they are SUPPOSED to be learning.

    In Texas, we have the TAKS test. Every so many weeks students take TEKS check tests. These tests are to see if they are learning the objectives that were supposed to be covered up until that point. If I'm reteaching concepts they're already supposed to know, I'm not covering the TEKS objectives that will be on these tests. Therefore, they won't do as well.

    Getting behind on these concepts feels like a giant snowball that won't stop rolling. I'm afraid my kids will bomb these tests b/c they're behind coming in to 6th grade to begin with.

    I think people who write district curriclums don't realize how much they are cramming in. Instead of skimming 10 concepts plus writing a paper, they should focus on a few objectives, so the teacher has a chance to delve in and TEACH it, rather than SKIM it. That's JMO.

    But who am I to say anything? I'm just a little 'ol teacher.
     
  27. wunderwhy

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    Oh, d_anne, I feel for you!

    I taught 7th grade English my first year, and I also found the process of teaching at that level very tedious. Could it be you're more suited for high school? Perhaps the idea of transferring to a high school next year can help you get through this year? Or switching to 8th grade at your current school?

    There are some recent threads about how to cut down the amount of time you spend grading writing (comprehensive rubrics, conferencing with the students, self-assessment check-lists, one or two areas of focus per paper, correcting only the first few of the same type of mistake and then making the students pick out the rest, etc.).

    Teaching writing is hard, but oh so important.

    Hang in there. Be good to yourself. We're teachers because we care about doing our jobs well and care about kids, but it's also just a job. Don't let your job stop you from relaxing, burning off steam, being with friends, etc., at least not all the time. You'll be a better teacher if you're happier overall.
     
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    I student taught 6th and 8th grade. When the principal asked which grade I wanted to teach, (he gave me the choice!) I picked 6th grade. Stupid me. The only thing is that 8th graders are constantly in ISS (I see emails ALL the time about 8th graders going into ISS). It's hard to catch up ISS kids b/c we don't send down work for that day. They have work packets.

    I don't want to teach HS b/c I will have to take the 8-12 cert. test. I don't feel like I'm qualified enough to teach HS. I really don't.

    I'm just tired of teaching in general. I don't feel like I belong in the classroom. The problem is, I don't know what else I want to do w/ my life. I just know that I want to be happy, and I'm not. The only other work experience I have is subbing and hostessing in a restaurant. That was my "college job" for five years. I have no other skills. I'm stuck. :(
     
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    Don't give up

    I am sure that every teacher goes through what you are going. Do not give up just yet. I suggest talking to other teachers at that school and sharing your concerns and problems. For some students, English is a hard subject, but they will learn it. Other teachers might be able to give you a few other examples of teaching methods. The students are stressing out just as badly as you are and they are not allowed to give up. Just compose yourself and keep trying. Soon most of the students will pick up on what they are suppose to learn.
    :)
     
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    smalltowngal....can you please please please tell me what other jobs you can do with an education degree besides teaching?? because I am also a first year teacher and feel the same way...i hate it!!!
     
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    Still Teaching - Still want out

    I posted a couple of pages ago about how miserable I am teaching.

    Still am.

    I went to my doctor and told him my nerves were shot, and he prescribed me some medication. He told me to watch for a "lack of concern" side affect. My mom use to call that an "I don't give a darn pill." Ordinarily, I am not a medicine taker. I cannot remember the last time I took any kind of medication, but it was this, or walk off the job not knowing where my next dollar would come from.

    Well, I still have concern, but my frustration level is more manageable. My head is clearer. I feel like I am able to process all the classroom distractions and not internalize the kids' behavior so . Darn shame that I have to drug myself to do this job.

    I'm giving the kids more projects to do as a way to teach them English indirectly. They seem almost excited about the latest project I assigned. I have to shoo them out when the bell rings. That's encouraging. I don't expect the grammar or writing to be all that good, but it's nice to see them plunge into this assignment.

    The admin removed one of my most troublesome students to an outside program (he was a problem for the whole team), and another bad egg transferred to another school. Those two moves helped a lot, even the kids commented about how much nicer it is without them (that's relative). I still have some hard heads to deal with, but I ride them hard. I get tired of riding kids hard. No one ever had to do that with me.

    I will probably have to finish out the year, because jobs are so hard to come by. I do not plan to re-up next year. I'm done. I use to sell real estate, but had to give that up when the market tanked. That's why I went into teaching. It was the one job I could get. Lucky me. I have experience in other areas. I will try to tap into those, or start some sort of business. I just cannot continue doing this kind of work. I'll keel over from a heart attack or a stroke if I do.
     

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