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Am I being overly sensitive that I am unhappy and frustrated that I will be teaching with a new coworker for the fifth time in five years? I am ready to throw in the towel.

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5thGrdTeachTN 06-14-2016 08:47 AM

Given the additional information you have shared, while I can definitely sympathize with your frustration, I would not take it personally and try to see what I can learn from each new teammate.

ritabook2 06-13-2016 07:26 PM

I've been there and it is hard, no matter what the circumstances! I have had a new person on my team for 5 years in a row and there were adjustments to go through each time. Most of our changes were due to teachers choosing to move to a different grade level, or leaving the state, or leaving after maternity leave, so nothing bad, just normal circumstances. I have been the only constant on my team since the school opened! Two were brand new teachers and that added to the stress because they both needed a LOT of support, but I had 3 other teammates that helped. The hardest year was when we added 3 teachers at the same time. My remaining teammate and I were overwhelmed with showing them the ropes at our school and in our grade level. They were all experienced, but not in our grade and new to our school. This team ended up being a wonderful group and I miss them dearly now! Luckily, I have been with a stable team for the last 2 years and will again next year.

letsgomets 06-10-2016 06:00 PM

You could be teaching something different every year for the last 5 years. At least you are still teaching the same content and grade.

Hopefully this new partner will work out for you!

doddlebug 06-10-2016 05:41 PM

It has been a while, how are you?

doddlebug 06-10-2016 05:36 PM

There are two teachers on my grade level.
One left the school, none has left teaching.
Reasons vary for the many changes-When I taught a 1/2 combo, I looped with my first graders to second therefore a teacher change.
Next change-teacher was moved to K, teacher that had taught k-1 combo was moved to second with me, loved working with her-then due to budget cuts, she was transferred to another school within the district. Another change, a teacher was needed in fourth/fifth grade, teacher I was working with had fourth grade experience and agreed to move, we had a great working relationship. New teacher to be hired, will be my fifth coworker in 5 years.
Teaching in North Carolina right now is degrading and disheartening. Budget cut after budget cut. I might add I have worked with 6 principals not including the interim principal we had after one was given the choice to resign or be fired. I have worked with 3 different principals in 5 years. I believe because of administration changes, decisions have been made without much thought leading to a lot of unnecessary moving around. The principal I have now is great, and she has now been with us for three years. I do think decisions made a few years ago set all of this in motion.

kahluablast 06-10-2016 04:09 PM

I have had to do that too, due to our numbers and getting tossed here and there. Finally, I am with the same person for more than one year. She will retire in the next couple, though, so it will happen again. Hopefully not 5 times in a row.

One of my friends has gone through that more often than seems like she should, too. I halfway wish I had gone to her grade level to work with her, but I am settled now.

Queenie Peavy 06-10-2016 03:56 PM

I totally understand! I will starting my 17th year this fall. There are three teachers to a team. This will be the 11th time that I have a new team member.

5thGrdTeachTN 06-10-2016 10:27 AM

I have some questions before I weigh in on my opinion of whether or not I believe you are being "overly sensitive"?

1. How many people are on your teaching team?
2. Of the last four how many have left the school or left teaching?
3. Of the ones who have remained at the school what reasons have you been given for the change? Who gave you the reasons (the teacher, another colleague or someone from school leadership)?

GlacierRose 06-09-2016 08:08 PM

That would be really hard.

Sbkangas5 06-09-2016 04:26 PM

No, you are not being overly sensitive at all. It takes a while to get your groove down with coworkers, and to never have the chance to even get to that point (or get there and have it taken away) is very frustrating! I'm always so thankful when I have more than one year with the same team of people.

teabreak 06-09-2016 04:02 PM

Why have there been 5 in 5 years? That seems odd to me.

mimi6 06-09-2016 01:53 PM

I'm sorry that you are feeling frustrated...Maybe this will be the beginning of a great friendship for you and your new co-worker.

doddlebug 06-09-2016 01:33 PM

Am I being overly sensitive that I am unhappy and frustrated that I will be teaching with a new coworker for the fifth time in five years? I am ready to throw in the towel.

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