Leaving teaching

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  1. ryhoyarbie

    ryhoyarbie Comrade

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    This is my third year of teaching and my third school.

    Short story of the previous years and this year:

    1st year I taught 4th grade math and science. I was not retained because there wasn't enough positions, scores weren't up. Overall the principal didn't like me based on how he was with me.

    2nd year I taught 6th grade reading/writing. I was invited back but my classroom management struggled. I was in a tough school with kids who were rude, disrespectful, and several kids told me they wish I was dead. Plus the drive was about 30-40 minutes away with traffic, stop lights, etc.

    3rd year (this year) I taught 6th grade math. My contract was not renewed which I was informed by late March. Then last week I was put on administrative leave because one 6th grader was privately talking sexual inappropriate things to another student while I was at my desk helping another student. I didn't even know that went on until 20 minutes AFTER that class was done and was informed by another 6th grade teacher. Then the next day as class was getting started, one kid passed a note to another kid and the note said "you're a piece of trash and you're dead to me". I didn't even know about that until the next day when someone from the school district emailed me as to the reasons I was put on administrative leave, and that was one of them. Somehow someone reported the student passing the note to another student that day, the principal found out, and decided to call human resources and have them tell me I'm done for the school year and escort me out the building.

    So that's my story, and why I think I just need to leave this place and move on to something else. I just feel I'm incompetent at this job.
     
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  3. AmyMyNamey

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    May 23, 2017

    Buddy, there are bigger things out there for you other than teaching for peanuts. Don't sell yourself short because of this.
     
  4. rpan

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    I'm sorry you are going through this horrible situation. It sounds like it could happen to anyone, it was just unlucky it was in your class with your students. It could have been anyone. I'd urge you to not give up and give teaching another go. You can't control the kid who made sexually inappropriate comments or the kid who passed the rude note, that's on them. And it doesn't make you an incompetent or lousy teacher. But classroom management does have some influence on behaviour and you have mentioned you have had issues, albeit with a really tough bunch of kids. So perhaps a bit of reflection on what you could have done differently? Please don't take it the wrong way that I think it's your fault. I don't think it is your fault. Teachers all have to reflect on our teaching practice, so this may be a good time to do so. Hang in there!
     
  5. ryhoyarbie

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    The kid who said the sexually inappropriate stuff has done two to three sexually inappropriate things in school this year (not in my class or presence mind you). I don't know what all was done with him or if the administration faulted the teachers who were present when those incidents occurred.

    The other kid who passed the note to another kid has had a history this past year in ALL of his classes of saying things like cussing to other kids. I actually put in an office referral a few days before he had passed that note to another kid because I overheard the student cuss at another student at the end of the day. Of course, nothing was done about the student the next day since an administrator did not bother to come down and ask questions.
     
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  7. GPC0321

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    Classroom management is quite simply the hardest thing about this job, and it's something that takes a few years to develop what I think of as "teacher instincts", which are basically that sixth sense that we have that let us see and hear every inappropriate thing taking place in our classrooms (and in the hall, and maybe the bathroom down the hall, LOL) even when our backs are turned. We learn to see the problems that will arise before they become problems and thwart them from the beginning with classroom arrangement, rules, procedures, and management.

    I was a hot mess my first few years. A. HOT. MESS. Literally, the students set rubber cement on fire in my classroom and then kicked the flaming bottle around the room. I'm not even kidding. And these were juniors in high school!!!

    I got into plenty of trouble my first years. I always got to come back (I've been at the same school for all 15.5 years of my teaching career), but boy! I look back and realize I just didn't know how important it was to stay on top of the kids. I was a push-over, and they pushed me right over and kept on going.

    I say give it one more shot. But this time, know the "enemy" (not the kids... their unwise decisions and immature behavior). Make a plan to thwart the "enemy" before it can cause a problem. Be firm and fair. Hold all kids accountable, and let them know why you have to do that. Some will still grumble. Some will still act like idiots. That's the nature of the beast. But remember YOU are in charge of your classroom.

    Good luck to you. The fourth year is usually the magical moment when things seem to click and we start getting our Teacher Senses going in full throttle. You can do it!
     

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