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This will be my last year of teaching because of testing. I just can't do it anymore.

Unrealistic expectations or maybe it's me and I just don't get "it". So confusing!

Once upon a time I thought I was a good teacher.

DH and I argue but I just can't do it anymore. I will scrub toilets if I have to.

I care more about their performance than my students and that is eating me up.

Not enough time in the day.

My health is suffering. Perhaps my sanity, as well. So tired of constant stress.

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allier 03-08-2015 05:11 AM

I hear ya. One of our district psychologists said that she has noticed an alarming increase in "GADs" - general anxiety disorder diagnoses in the district. She's been doing this for 25 years and has seen it spike since all the testing focus (last 8-10 years).

In this 10 years, have kids gotten any smarter or better off because of it?

mom23kids 03-08-2015 04:59 AM

Well, when kids scores effect our evaluations... I can't blame you!!
OUr 7 year olds had to rate us as to whether or not we are good teachers! WTH???? That is also part of our evaluation. Enough is enough!! STupid!!!!!

unsure819 03-07-2015 08:02 PM

I'm a para, not a teacher, but I know that testing stresses everyone out. Our school is hosting the ACT this year and almost all Juniors have to take it (I don't think MAPA kids do). After that we have the EOC tests on different subjects. I'm considering whether to go into teaching or not, and all of this new testing is not encouraging. I have heard about how behavior just keeps getting worse. Our school has a few classes that are notorious and they're not in High School yet. A lot of kids and parents just don't care.

There are a lot of positives of teaching, but the negatives keep growing.

Graphite81 03-07-2015 07:04 AM

enough of us rise up against this testing, the publishing companies who own your state reps will continue to pile it on.

linda2671 03-07-2015 06:09 AM

I still believe that the pendulum will swing back to where we can teach again. I know, I know, that means we would have to get some smart politicians in office. I know that's an oxymoron. But it could happen, right?

allier 03-07-2015 03:36 AM

I agree with you all. The testing is horrible. This week I had to assist with some testing in another's grade and class -- just the pre-testing. I made a "negative" comment to an ed. tech. who works with two children in that class with IEPs. Two were really struggling, and the child I was helping didn't understand any of the test items. The test coordinator overheard me and admonished me about how we need to keep it positive, and how the kids really think the test can be fun, if we speak to them in the right way about it. I feel like I'm in a bad film about thought control!

So, yes, the testing is confusing, and I think the goals are most certainly unrealistic. In the room of 25 I was in, I would say about 1/3 of the kids really knew what to do, and this is a fairly high performing school. Most were playing charades.

I have two bright kids of my own graduating from college, and neither would go into education after what they see me do.

MKat 03-06-2015 11:24 PM

I have so many extreme behaviors this year that I might pack it in. I was hoping to teach 9 more years, but I don't know that I have it in me!

Ruby tunes 03-06-2015 10:21 PM

NPR had a segment just this week about how a teacher shortage is now developing around the country. I fervently hope the looming teacher shortage becomes a national crisis. That's the only thing that may, in the end, save our profession and our public schools. Meanwhile, if you care, pay careful attention when you go to vote! And have your friends and family do likewise, if possible. Also, let your representatives know how you feel!

TheTrunch 03-06-2015 06:55 PM

Because of the tests, I have to spend a full Saturday working. This is ridiculous.

azteach88 03-06-2015 06:29 PM

I agree that the whole testing thing has gotten out of control. We aren't even given an actual FULL school year before testing begins. Don't get me started on all the "test prep" and pre-tests we have to give them in advance a few times during the year. When will the powers that be actually ask a teacher or someone who is NOT a politician about what is best for our students? UGH! I have a feeling that after this year, more teachers will be leaving the profession...good, experienced teachers.

gunther922 03-06-2015 06:21 PM

here looking for some solace and direction. I too feel like I can't keep this up anymore. I live school 24/7. I am so tired of all this testing bull####. Like you said, I care more about their performance than the students. They take no ownership for their learning.

Hang in there. Your health and sanity come first. You are making a wise decision.

seventiesgirl 03-06-2015 06:04 PM

It is time to leave. It is just not worth your health or sanity. Now is the time to seek other options
I resigned effective May. I just got a job with Sylvan fir tutoring and I will sub next year.

--Thoughts-- 03-06-2015 04:45 PM

This will be my last year of teaching because of testing. I just can't do it anymore.

Unrealistic expectations or maybe it's me and I just don't get "it". So confusing!

Once upon a time I thought I was a good teacher.

DH and I argue but I just can't do it anymore. I will scrub toilets if I have to.

I care more about their performance than my students and that is eating me up.

Not enough time in the day.

My health is suffering. Perhaps my sanity, as well. So tired of constant stress.




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