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    By G.M.

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    Hi Jan:

    I read your post with GREAT interest. I, too, resigned midyear; I resigned last year; it was my first teaching position. I have mixed feelings about it.

    It appears that you have no regrets about resigning. I was wondering if you'd share more info regarding your experiences. For example, how long you taught and what grades. Also, what specific problems did you have that you could not solve?

    I got myself into a situation that I could not handle at the time. My grade level colleagues were VERY independent. I was pretty much on my own trying to figure what to teach, how and when to teach it. That I could have handled.

    HOWEVER, it was some of the students that I had that broke me. One student was ODD, another had some kind of adjustment disorder with a side order of an anger managment problem. Oh, another was ADHD off his medications completely. This trio, in addition to a few others, kept the class in chaos a lot of the time. Someone was usually acting up which prevented me from teaching. You name it, I tried it. Didn't work!

    I discovered months later that they expelled the ODD student from school for eternity. (This was his second expulsion from a school.)

    Anyway, if you would not mind could you please share a little more info? I am still contemplating trying to obtain a teaching position in the future. I'm VERY hesistant because I know how bad it can get! But I still have the urge to try. I am not sure if I'm fooling myself.

    Honestly, I just don't know what else I'd do. I am currently subbing this year. What are your plans for the future in terms of a career?

    Any info you share would be greatly appreciated.

    Sincerely, G.M.

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