Passive acceptance of the teacher's wisdom is easy to most boys and girls. It involves no effort of independent thought, and seems rational because the teacher knows more than his pupils; it is moreover the way to win the favour of the teacher unless he is a very exceptional man. Yet the habit of passive acceptance is a disastrous one in later life. It causes man to seek and to accept a leader, and to accept as a leader whoever is established in that position. - Bertrand Russell

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

to those of you that still check back in, i apologize for my silence. i haven't had it in me to post lately. largely, this is due to my decision to leave the teaching profession at the end of this school year. i'll be returning to school for a master's in social work with a possible second degree in pastoral counseling.

there are a lot of reasons for this. nclb is one of them. it kills me to see my kids fall through the cracks. it kills me that their success at school hinges more and more on a test. but there are other reasons. the school i am currently working at is too far away from my home to continue that drive regularly, and i can't imagine working anywhere else. the principal and other teachers and paraprofessionals are amazing to work with. and frankly, teaching was never my dream career. i made a decision based on job availability, security, and an early start date. i'm not made to be "on" all the time as is necessary being a teacher. i need to be able to shut my door and work alone.

knowing that this is the decision i am making has actually made the year easier. i feel less pressure to do all of the necessary TAKS teaching. of course my students are getting it but we're having fun with it. i put the "writing for social change" project on the backburner because we need to focus more on reading right now. so i've got the beginnings of a great unit involving charlie and the chocolate factory ending in a comparison of the book and the latest version of the movie. i'm admittedly nervous about taking on an entire book unit with my kids but i think it will be worth it. they have never done anything like this in all of their school years so they need to learn it on some level.

i am sharing my classroom with the esl teacher and we've been sharing a lot of ideas lately. one thing she did to finish the semester was have her students write a book of short stories. they chose fantasy and they workshopped the stories and published them and she had the books bound. i think that would be a great way to end the year so i'm keeping it in mind.

right now i'm trying to enjoy a relaxing winter break and get some planning done.


Blogger Poodlezilla said...

I hate to say it, but run as fast as you can away from teaching.

I'm moving my EBD classroom AGAIN. The state department is coming to investigate and I can't even get the regular ed people to not confront my students in public.

Give up, it won't ever change.

I'm about to drink enough wine to make my arms go numb so I won't feel the pain from moving again. I am depressed and burned out.

I've worked all day for the past two days and hardly anyone came by to help.


Gee, I'm a bundle of joy, aren't I?

Go for another degree in another field.

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Blogger "Ms. Cornelius" said...

Thanks you for all you are doing, and for all you have done. It ain't over yet. Just never forget what you taught, and what you learned.

Congrats on making peace and finding a new path.

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Blogger bitchphd said...

I'm sorry you're leaving, but I hope the next step is a good one.

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Blogger Anonymouph said...

I'm also planning on leaving teaching to get my masters in social work. I feel a little guilty, and especially after stumbling into this great community of teacher bloggers, I am a little hesitant to be left out if it all. That said, I don't think I could teach another year, let alone my whole life. I wish I had the guts, motivation, and desire to sacrifice my sanity for the rest of my life, but I fear I'm just not cut out for it.

Maybe there is a blogging community of social work students out there. If not, we should start one. :-)

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I can SO relate to this!

Mine is an EBD class of high school kids mostly (two 8th graders were added this year) and trying to meet all of the grade level standards AND patch as many holes as I can in what's missing is a task that seems just this side of insane on most days.

Good luck in whatever the future brings you!

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