Sustaining Dedication and Passion for Teaching

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Registered: 12-04-2000
Sustaining Dedication and Passion for Teaching
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Fri, 02-24-2012 - 8:32am

I hear from a lot of teachers who are on the fast track to burn out and desperation. All of the

Sherry
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Registered: 04-07-2002
Fri, 02-24-2012 - 3:41pm

Sherry, I once said on this very board: "when teaching is good, it is very, very good.

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Registered: 12-04-2000
Fri, 02-24-2012 - 4:49pm

I completely agree that it is for the kids. When they are positive and responsive they make the job so

Sherry
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Registered: 06-04-2003
Sat, 02-25-2012 - 8:30am
Teaching is never the problem. EDUCATION IS. When you actually get to teach on those rare occassions, its great. All that other mess, is just that, A MESS. And there seems to be no cure insight. It sucks. At my school alone, 3 teachers have resigned due to stress and the year isn't over and for 2 of the three, IT WAS THEIR FIRST YEAR TEACHING.

It all sucks. You can either sub or be a TA so you can truly just teach and not be worried about but then the pay is less and so are the benefits. This is truly answerless question.

Ruth
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Registered: 07-16-2001
Sat, 02-25-2012 - 8:40pm
For me, the biggest stressor is how disrespectful kids have become. I can handle pressure to perform. I do think it's all becoming too much and something has to give soon. As teachers, we can fight back on the red tape and regulations. What we don't have control over and can't fight back on is how children are being raised to treat teachers (and really any adult) with such disrespect. When more parents start actually being a parent instead of trying to be their kids' best friends and always keep them happy, our jobs will become easier. We'll be able to teach and kids learn instead of dealing with discipline issues all the time.
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Registered: 12-04-2000
Mon, 02-27-2012 - 10:40pm
So sad. I've said before that colleges aren't preparing their education majors for the real world. They make it seem like there's a formula to follow to success. They can't analyze, they can't adapt, and they want to be everyone's favorite teacher. Recipe for disaster.
Sherry
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Registered: 12-04-2000
Mon, 02-27-2012 - 10:44pm
Agreed. The parental attitudes you describe not only affect respect, but also the students' level of performance and ultimatley their level of success. It makes it harder to intervene and try to help them when they see you and treat you as an enemy instead of someone really wants the best for them.
Sherry
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Registered: 12-04-2000
Mon, 02-27-2012 - 10:45pm
Agreed. The parental attitudes you describe not only affect respect, but also the students' level of performance and ultimatley their level of success. It makes it harder to intervene and try to help them when they see you and treat you as an enemy instead of someone who really wants the best for them.
Sherry