In two days I will retire from teaching. It is sad but it is not worth the battle anymore. Standardized tests and paper work. No time to teach kids to think, solve problems or work on leadership. This last years my students test score were the best in the history of this school. But I didn't follow the canned curriculum. the stress has my sugars through the roof and I hate going to work. God bless all of you that are tough enough to keep up the good fight. I am not. good bye./;

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It sure ain't what it used to be! I retired about 6 years ago, and although I miss the kids, I DON'T miss the administration or the paperwork, or the battles with parents who just can't believe their kid could be less than perfect. I have a friend who works as an ESL aide (and does everything a teacher does, for far less pay), and I can't believe the horror stories she tells me. I'm glad I got out when I did.

And I read a survey on a medical website that said that a significant number of doctors wish they'd gone into education instead. They frickin' don't know what they're talking about!!! :-(
Thank you this has been a bad week and I needed to vent. FJ
Hi FJ. I retired last June and felt like I had run a marathon to get to the end! I was so exhausted and sick. Shortly after I started on the insulin needle and now I work daily to get off it.
There is life after teaching !!!!! You will be so pleased when you realize you dont have to put up with extended curriculum, frustrated parents, and the desire to help but feel helpless. I thought I would miss the daily interactions with the students but guess what. . I LOVE LIFE! There is so much to do and so much to absorb. You will find you cant believe how you feel knowing other poor sainted teachers are writing report cards and you are going to lunch (yet again) and doing what you want.
I have so much I could share with you. If your political at all there is an organization called CARP for retired people. And the dinners and gatherings for Retired Teachers is awesome. No one there talks about the classrooms hehehehe.
If you want to know more I will gladly share. :) There is such a great life you are beginning!
Hi, Sandy,
About insulin -- you do what you need to. If oral meds or even diet and exercise work, great, but if you need insulin, then you take it. It's not the end of the world, nor is it a failure.

Hoping for the best for you! :-)
Tell me more I live in Northern Arizona. My wife is a librian at the local middle school and must work at least 2 more if not 5 more years. I am at loose ends and to be honest a little scared. Thank you. I will google CARP

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