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    I know how you feel!
    By Actress

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    This is my second year. I, too, was going to quit. What made my year better was to become an actress. REALLY! I know it sounds silly, but I act as if I love being with the students. I act as if they are making my day by just being there. And I act as if their bad behaviors do not ruin my day. I just give out the consequnces to their bad behaviors without saying a word. I don't even acknowledge any questions or attitudes. I keep the class very fast paced and lively. I ignore the students who are trying to get attention and let those who listen have fun and lively discussions and activites. I ACT as if there is no other place I'd rather be.
    There is also a saying by Thomas Jefferson that helps me brainwash myself and keep my sanity-Be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit troubles.
    Also, I would talk to your principal about what he/she can do. You may be surprised what they will do when they find out they may loose you. They may not know the extent of your stress.

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