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It has been a tough start to the year but this week it has gotten worse.  I was told for the 3rd year in a row that I am so intimidating that my students can't come in for extra help.  Maybe it is time to get out.


I have been so upset that I haven't worked on anything since the weekend.  I am going to try tonight but my drier broke and I think I have to go do laundry at the laudromat (haven't been there in years).


It could be worse. 

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Comment by Carol Wadkins on October 4, 2012 at 7:49am

It is very sad what teachers seem to go through so much these days with students that just don't want to work for a good grade. It's just to easy to find answers another way with the computers etc. I wish you the best and if it has you in such a state of mind that you are thinking of quiting, then maybe it's time for a change. It's not worth all your time and efforts to teach those that just don't want to learn. God bless and good luck!


Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on October 4, 2012 at 5:55am

Dona, I hope you will find some encouragement in knowing you are doing your best to raise up scholars.  And if not scholars, at least people who can function with some basic life skills because you didn't "dumb down" your classes.  I don't think it is wrong to expect kids to work hard, move out of their comfort zone and learn.   I'm not sure what is meant by the term "intimidating" in your case, but I had many teachers who were firmly in control of their classes, got down to business, expected us to work hard and LEARN something, and didn't allow any hanky-panky.  They had my respect.  I was never afraid to go to them for help, though I might have been afraid if misbehaving in their class.  (uh, not that I'd have ever done that, of course...) :D

I can read the discouragement in your post and I hope there will be someone who comes along to encourage you.  May you enjoy brighter days ahead.  

Comment by AidaCJ/NH on October 4, 2012 at 5:19am

Follow your heart and intuition in this matter. 

I was in the same situation years ago, where parents blamed me for their children's inability to understand math, so I quit and resolved not to teach the sciences (math, chemistry and physics) at any grade school level. But then I also taught basic algebra and geometry at a technical school, and I got that 'huh?' look as well, this from adult students.  So, I guess Math subjects can be intimidating at any level. In today's age of computers, why would a child really care about 'equilateral triangles' and 'trapezoids' when all they need to do is click on a button to get the answer.

Comment by Dona Coffey on October 4, 2012 at 1:44am

I heard this from a guidance counselor and I also got an email.  I knew there was a problem when I gave the first test.  In geometry if you don't learn the vocabulary then you are at a loss for the rest of the year.  Many students don't believe this.


The parents feel I can't teach the middle level student because I also teach the top kids in Advanced Placement Calculus.  I spent my entire teaching career teaching any one of the three levels of geometry that we have in the building.

Comment by linda harriott/UK on October 3, 2012 at 11:52pm

I hope you are feeling a bit more upbeat today.The term has not been on long has it and you and these kids have to get to know each other.After reading the other day about the volunteer sewing you were doing and how happy you sounded would it be possible to maybe get your students involved in doing something for children too.I also wondered if it could be the lazy ones maybe blaming the teachers for lack of progress??

Comment by Janet/MO on October 3, 2012 at 1:49pm

That must be really disheartening.  Who is telling you this? 

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