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  •  It's a tough decision (9+ / 0-)

    My self examination crisis came in my seventh year. I actually attempted to discourage an excellent student from entering the profession. (Thankfully she ignored my advise and is now an excellent teacher.)

    I will simply say that what I considered a significant success helped dissuade me from leaving teaching.

    One thing I will tell you is that many of your successes are not readily evident until years later. Having been in education for 41 years, it is rare that I can attend a reunion, wedding or other community event without some former student or parent coming up and thanking me for being a significant influence or for changing their life for the better. It can get a bit embarrassing at times. I doubt I was that influential but I probably did have some impact.

    You are quite young and have yet to see the impact of your efforts. You wrote that you are a good teacher. You are influencing kids and you are having an impact.

    A final thought: Don't let the obsession with testing and data drive you out. When I became an administrator, I did my best to protect my staff from the idiocy of NCLB and Race to the Top. What we emphasized was making learning a joyful experience for all students.

    Regardless of your decision, good luck.

    A proud member of the Professional Left since 1967.

    by slatsg on Tue Dec 03, 2013 at 09:20:16 PM PST

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