ugghhh… :wall: It’s my husband. He is a special education (resource) teacher who has taught sp. ed. for 11 years. Last January, I made him get out of his contract, and we lived for 7 months on equity from our home. I couldn’t take it anymore. He was miserable, developed a very disruptive sleep disorder, and became seriously depressed. :waah:
In August, he began a new job to which he rides his bike (he used to commute 1-3 hours each way, depending on traffic). He also moved up to middle school from elementary. (We thought the older kids would be a welcomed change.)
But, the job is a BEAST!! x-( We live in a fairly affluent area (at least, a lot of people like to pretend they have money) and his school is the “top performer” in the high stakes testing for the district… (don’t get me started on that!) He has two classe in which he teaches language arts and is required to teach grade level standards from grade level material to kids that are at leas two years behind in their abilities. How does that work? Last year the principal let 3 special ed teachers go (unheard of!) because they weren’t up to her standards. :tap:
In addition to all of the above, his job includes mass amounts of paperwork for the special ed. part of it in order to comply with laws for sp. ed. kids. And today, he came home and said that he has never seen such a completely disrespectful group of kids. :hair:
I got my teaching credential a year ago, and after helping him get this year going, I think my teaching career is effectively over. We have both been in his classroom until 6 or 7 every night and have spent hours and hours there every weekend since he started. It is completely overwhelming, at least to me.
I am afraid of him becoming depressed again and wish he had a different job. Does anyone know of any teacher who has changed careers? What can a teacher do besides teach?