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At the beginning of the year, I posted debating about quitting. I still consider quitting EVERYDAY. I have come to the understanding that as a first year teacher, that this is a common feeling. However, I can't seem to get over how my district treats me!

I am an ESL Teacher in a Middle and High School, grades 5-12. Not only do I have no usable or effective curriculum to use, which means creating every worksheet, story, etc. FROM SCRATCH but also I am constantly treated like a 2nd/3rd class citizen from teachers and admin. here.

At first, I was being treated badly due to the ESL accommodations REQUIRED BY LAW. I had teachers coming up to me, arguing with me and refusing to abide by my recommendations. I am a first year teacher, of course at that point I felt bullied.

Now, I am only looked at as 'Homework Help' or 'Tutor' for the ELLs in the school. NONE OF THE TEACHERS TRY TO ACCOMMODATE WHATSOEVER! I don't even mind that as much as I mind being CONSTANTLY kicked out of my classroom WITHOUT ANY NOTICE from my admin. I could be in mid-lesson and a teacher that I don't even know could come in and take my room from me, stating that 'someone should have told you'.

When it comes to my state assessment, ACCESS the principal 'forgot' to put it on the calendar/schedule for other teachers to be informed of it when I knew he was aware of the test. NOT TO MENTION, I have to make SUB PLANS for my High School periods while I administer ACCESS... which is 2 months!!!!

I am alone in the school without any support (my mentor teacher is useless and ignores me in the hallways and never returned my emails),
....I am at my wits end with the constant disrespect and disregard for me or my students.

Any advice to keep me going until the end of the year?

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bteach99 04-14-2016 07:26 AM

You took the words right out of my mouth... Defeated. Defeated is the only way I can describe myself right now. I no longer have the strength to manage my classroom, I no longer have the strength to fight tooth and nail with other teachers and the administration about the basic necessities that I am entitled to as an educator, I no longer have the motivation to be the best I can be.. Right now, it's all about survival. How do I survive until June??!


I am a LTS/First year teacher. When I was hired, they knew that I just got my license that month. Yet, I am here a month now, and everyone expects me to know all types of things that I couldn't possibly know. I cry every night now. I am lonely, and feel like an idiot. I make stupid mistakes due to not having experienced it before, and I get chewed out for it. I guess I should have stayed where i was. There are some real behavior problems here and i took the bait the other day and now the parent called.

lollipoplady 02-25-2016 04:47 PM

You took the words right out of my mouth... Defeated. Defeated is the only way I can describe myself right now. I no longer have the strength to manage my classroom, I no longer have the strength to fight tooth and nail with other teachers and the administration about the basic necessities that I am entitled to as an educator, I no longer have the motivation to be the best I can be.. Right now, it's all about survival. How do I survive until June??!

You do make a good point! My school district was also non-compliant with the ESOL services that were being provided.. enter ME. The school does not necessarily want me here, I'm sure they think of me as an inconvenience. However, I am here.. but I am treated like #*$& because I am not a priority.

It is funny, during my hour long drive to work, I think of the same thing.. "I bet it wouldn't be as bad to work at Lowe's, Target, the local grocery market, etc." I CANNOT wait until I no longer have to bring work home. This job has ruined my attitude, my happiness, my life.

I simply want to stick it out until the end of the year, as a personal goal, but I am tested everyday. I come to work, I smile, I teach, I do ESOL paperwork, I accommodate, I do all that is expected of me, I do what is asked of me (without questioning others).. but when the powers at be keep chipping away at you, it will only be so long until I CRACK.

Sillyscissors 02-25-2016 06:41 AM

I might just quit starting Monday. I have had it. Nothing is worth this kind of disrespect and pain.

I teach theater at a high-needs middle school. You can find my posts all over here. Also treated like a second class citizen. My admin took my room from me for one period (I offered to use the performance space instead, but it turns out there is no A/C and it's sauna-hot in there, now I can't go back and I have to use the MPR which has no white board, no projector that I can access without leaving the room and plenty of room for 8th graders to run around and hide in while I try to teach).

I think the problem comes when districts impose teachers on schools, be it ESL or arts. My school did not specifically want to hire me, they were sent me because they were non-compliant in secondary arts. The last thing the school cares about is the drama elective. It's considered a "fun" class.

My administrators downtown beg to differ. I'm expected to provide rigorous academic instruction. My students don't even have to pass my class. They don't even have to GO to my class most of the time, since other teachers schedule make-up tests, counselor visits, etc. during the elective period. And parents DO NOT CARE whether their child passes theater class.

This sucks. I think I'd rather work at Starbucks.

I know my attitude is bad. I've tried to be positive but I'm defeated

dubby 02-16-2016 08:10 PM

I won't lie. That's a tough spot you are in.

Find a work buddy to informally mentor you or at least vent to. You could also do that here on Proteacher.

lollipoplady 02-16-2016 11:22 AM

At the beginning of the year, I posted debating about quitting. I still consider quitting EVERYDAY. I have come to the understanding that as a first year teacher, that this is a common feeling. However, I can't seem to get over how my district treats me!

I am an ESL Teacher in a Middle and High School, grades 5-12. Not only do I have no usable or effective curriculum to use, which means creating every worksheet, story, etc. FROM SCRATCH but also I am constantly treated like a 2nd/3rd class citizen from teachers and admin. here.

At first, I was being treated badly due to the ESL accommodations REQUIRED BY LAW. I had teachers coming up to me, arguing with me and refusing to abide by my recommendations. I am a first year teacher, of course at that point I felt bullied.

Now, I am only looked at as 'Homework Help' or 'Tutor' for the ELLs in the school. NONE OF THE TEACHERS TRY TO ACCOMMODATE WHATSOEVER! I don't even mind that as much as I mind being CONSTANTLY kicked out of my classroom WITHOUT ANY NOTICE from my admin. I could be in mid-lesson and a teacher that I don't even know could come in and take my room from me, stating that 'someone should have told you'.

When it comes to my state assessment, ACCESS the principal 'forgot' to put it on the calendar/schedule for other teachers to be informed of it when I knew he was aware of the test. NOT TO MENTION, I have to make SUB PLANS for my High School periods while I administer ACCESS... which is 2 months!!!!

I am alone in the school without any support (my mentor teacher is useless and ignores me in the hallways and never returned my emails),
....I am at my wits end with the constant disrespect and disregard for me or my students.

Any advice to keep me going until the end of the year?




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