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    Weigh It All Very Carefully
    By GM

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    Dear Frustrated:

    I can empathize with you 100%. A few years ago, I was in a similar situation. I had several defiant, disrectful, students. Two of my seven challengers had been expelled from their previous schools the year before. Both had cums full of psychiatric reports (this was only fourth grade)!
    I think teachers who have had such experiences can understand, others cannot.

    I'm not clear on where you really stand, however. You say that you did not intend to be a lifelong teacher. Prior to beginning to teach, what were your plans? Did you have another profession in mind for the future? If so, perhaps it is best that you resign now.

    Do you think you would still want to continue teaching if you had a different group of students? You say "this" year isn't fun. That's understanble given the makeup of your class. My former class was no fun either, and I dreaded every day, cried just about every night, and sometimes teared up during class!

    I reached what I felt was my breaking point and gave a two-day notice. I did, however, have a long-term substitute standing by to fill my shoes as long as they needed her. Actually, I was hoping they would hire her to finish the year, but they didn't.

    I often wonder if I would have resigned had I known then what I know now. Honestly, I can't say. I did, however, learn so much about myself AFTER I resigned. It was terrbily difficult. Mostly the guilt of leaving the students, even the challengers was almost unbearable at times.

    There is so much I could share with you. But I can't be certain that you will return to this post. If you care to hear more about my experience, my opinions and ideas, please post. I will respond and help as much as I can.

    Before I close, I would like to ask one question: Are you quitting because you feel like a failure, like you are not a good enough teacher? If the answer is yes, or even slightly a maybe, then I would strongly advise you consider the idea of resigning heavily.

    Give a lot of careful consideration! GM



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