Whoa, long time no post.
I have reached the point in my teaching career where I think I would be better suited flipping burgers. What is the statistic, most new teachers leave before 5 years or something like that?
I am so done. I hate the paperwork, I hate the pressure of "if the test scores don't improve you probably won't have a job here", the apathetic students, etc.
The worst part of it all is I blame myself. I want my students to succeed, I want to be a great math teacher.
I have heard that it takes 8 years to be a good teacher. Is this true? Does it sound right? I guess the problem with starting a teaching career as an older person, every minute counts.
I went to edcampnj today. It was fun, but... there were only a few high points for me. 1. I connected with another teacher who I went to college with. We were both older students with kids, etc. But she is my "soul mate" in the teacher world. We haven't gotten together in awhile so this made my day. 2. While most of the sessions seemed to cater to ELA, the last session was about Khan Academy which I have previously hated, but after today I am like "wow so cool!" and this has to do with being introduced to the "practice", "coach" and reports section.
Saw the term "shiftclass" tonight and I am in love. There are a lot of things I am thinking of with this, my version is that I post in video fashion the "notes" of the day for them to put into their notebooks. I see how this is probably the PROPER term for flipclass. But aaaagggh this is such a complex subject.
Back to my college buddy and edcampnj, it was held in her middle school.... they may be adding more 7th grade math teachers next year. I LOVE my school. Its a charter school. Long hours, lots of responsibility, low pay. I think I am updating my resume. Sad/excited/hopeful/confused.
I need to blog more. I need to reflect more. I want my students to achieve more.