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    Thanks for the advice
    By Frustrated, again

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    I just wanted to thank all the teachers who took the time to share their thoughts about overwhelming stress and the issue of quitting teaching once the school year has begun. Your words were really comforting and supportive at a time when I feel kind of lost about what to do.

    I am still struggling with my decision. As I said in my orignial post, I do have three very challenging students. I know that's "many," but it feels like a lot. And it effects the rest of the class. The other students are very talkative, they don't listen to me, and there is a general lack of authority because they've seen these three boys say some pretty rude things to me.

    Honestly, I feel like if this had happened to me either of my other two years, I would have had the energy to deal with it more effectively, or maybe even seen all of this as a way to "grow" as a teacher. As it is, I just don't have the energy to research/implement new behavior management plans or call parents every single day. I hate to say it, but I sometimes feel like I just "don't care enough." (which of course starts my whole cycle of guilt all over again...)

    In my original post, I said that teaching was not my original "life plan" and that I never intended to be a lifelong teacher. Before teaching, I was a graduate student in English/creative writing. I would like to work in publishing (possibly for a children's book company) and/or freelance write. So, I do have other plans in mind for my life, for after I leave the classroom.

    I'm still not sure what I will do. The past couple of days have been a little better. The behavior has not improved, but I think my ability to "accept" it(if that's the right word) has gotten better. I think I'm going to stick it out for a couple of more weeks, and then make my decision one way or another.

    No matter what I decide, this board has always been a source of support, comfort, and inspiration to me. Thank you teachers!

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