I've hit the proverbial wall. I have nothing left to give. In a nutshell, "this is not what I signed up for." Truth be told, I have never completely enjoyed the many aspects of teaching. Granted, nobody ever truly loves all aspects of their job. But, I feel strongly that teaching is such a beast of it's own creation that some of these disliked aspects are enough to run a soul off its rails. I find myself three weeks into the school year and I'm battling with the day to day grind in a way I've never had to before. I've lost the joy, I've lost the challenge. Even the good kids, the interested and mannered kids of the school are no longer able to buoy my spirits. My personal life is suffering. I'm so exhausted by the end of the day it is all I can do from napping my worrisome evenings away. This is a shame. I'm a talented, intelligent and caring individual. But, unquestionably, something has snapped. I've enjoyed reading the posts from other teachers about similar situations ... but the time has come to make a decision. I will be leaving teacher as soon as I possibly can. Now, for purposes of income, I'm obviously unable to leave until I have some safety net upon which to fall. I'm single, no family and no wife, which makes my decision easier in many regards, yet trickier in the financial aspects of life. Every year I've fought these feelings. I'm in the beginning of my 7th year of teaching and this will be it. I'll be shocked (and quite possibly strapped in a straight jacket) if I'm still in this "profession" come Xmas. There is no professionalism in this profession, David Copperfield does not employ as much smoke and mirrors as does the "profession" of teaching. I have difficult choice to make, I'm hearing many sides of the same arguments. Something has snapped. Is this familiar to anyone? I can no longer tolerate (or ignore) the complaining kids, the whining, the entitlement, the Paris Hilton want-to-be's (Paris should be dragged through the streets for her negative impact on high school girls). I can no longer stand the fellow teachers and their endless whining. I greatly fear becoming the same. Administration is clouded with individuals who simply wanted "out of the classroom." Utterly talentless, gutless souls who do all and anything to avoid confrontation and the almight decision process. If I'm told to "grin and bear it" even once more ... well, I digress. This forum is cleansing and unquestionably helpful. Please share some insight. I'm feeling alone in this chaos. I'm capable of more than babysitting 18 year old whiners. A shame, really, that's its come to this. So many great kids get lost in the shuffle in the school board's attempt to appease the polar opposites of the teaching world. Simply ... I am unwilling to sacrifice my soul for the sake of those students lost in the mix. The ship is sinking ... I must make my way to a life boat. Am I alone in this chaos?