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Now I know why teachers are under contract - to keep them all from quitting the 2nd week of school! I don't know, maybe I feel this was at the beginning of every school year, but it seems I'm having a much rougher time than years past. I've always LOVED my job and couldn't imagine not doing it, but things seem so crummy right now. I'm taking over as head orchestra director for the district (from asst) and I'm just dying in paperwork right now. I'm barely keeping my head above water and I don't feel like I'm teaching to the best of my ability bc I have not time to prepare. When school's over I'm spending time with DD, and after she goes to bed I try to get some work done but I've been so tired.
Please, please, please pray that things settle down in the next week or so. I really have always loved my job, and I'm actually making decent money now, esp with all the breaks considered. It's not an option for me not to work now, so I really want to love it like I used too. Anyone else feeling this way???
I was glad to see this board, I figure other teachers can relate better than just the awesome ladies in my PR.
I hear you! I'm in TX too, Houston to be exact & let me tell you how tough this year has been! I know that it seems like there is a never ending pile of paperwork. Can you believe that people tell us we are lucky to have 3 months a year off? They have no idea! Hang in there!!!!
Can you believe that people tell us we are lucky to have 3 months a year off? They have no idea![/b]
What you're describing is one of the reasons I'm no longer a public school band director. I've taught private music lessons for years, but public music education is a whole new beast! When I worked out the amount of time I was spending on paperwork, instrument repair, after school rehearsals, ball games, concerts, etc. I realized I was making roughly $7.00/hr. Don't get me wrong, I love - love - love teaching! I love kids. I just wasn't able to pay the bills and I was never home (I was single and in an apartment at the time). It's tough. Now I'm making more than twice that while working from home and taking care of Ben. I still volunteer to teach at church and still take a music student privately now and then, but I'm going to wait until the kid(s) are in kindergarten before attempting teaching publicly again. Now that I have dh's income, I could probably handle the pay cut. I knew going into college that I'd never be rich as a teacher. I just didn't know that I'd have to stop at the pawn shop before going to the grocery store (seriously!).
I might also add that I was in a very low income "A" sized school district that put ABSOLUTELY no value on music education. I was making about $6-8k less than my peers at other schools.
I hope things get better for you! Last year was my first year teaching, and I hated it with a passion. There was so much "extra" work, and I spent hours and hours after the school day ended grading papers, filling out forms, etc...for a lot less than anyone else I knew was being paid. Plus the kids were horrific. This year I will start at a new, small school with a far more supportive administration and kids who are there by choice. I'm hoping that I end up liking it this time... and not end up feeling like you do right know. I know the feeling, and I hope it passes soon for you!