Confused about teaching
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|Thu, 07-29-2004 - 3:49pm|
School will start for us next week. I am a first year teacher. Well I taught the last 6 weeks of school 2 years ago and I taught in the middle of the school year last year. I am still in my 20's and chose education after leaving Epidemiology and starting a family. I really enjoy teaching but my problem is that the situations that I have taught in have beem less than favorable and the students (from inner city schools) do not care about their futures or anyone elses future. Because I have not come in the beginning of a school year yet my management skills have not been great, and I am scared to start this school year with problems as I had at my other schools. I am also 7 months pregnant and will have to leave shortly after school begins and may not return until January. I really do enjoy teaching when my students are enjoying it, but instead I get the majority of students talking, sleeping and beautifying themselves. Are there any suggestions as to how to handle the first days of school jitters and concerns? I have read the book and seen the videos Harry Wong have put out, but nothing seems to work with these students. I was antidepressants the few months that I taught last school year. I really would like to teach and succeed in doing so but the behaviors and attitudes of the students are really bringing me down.
I appreciate you letting me get this off my chest, I really don't have anyone to talk with about this.
How did some of you handle your first years of teaching?
Thanks in advance for any advice.