Brian says, "The down side of the job is the paperwork that consumes the job. A good chunk of my time is setting up meetings, writing reports and organizing paper work that is mandated by federal and state law. I am unable to give my students with needs my full attention because of this. I am not looking for an easier job, but one that is not based on bureaucracy."
Jody says, "My heart is broken by the low morale in schools. I feel beat up by administration and our community. It is common for teacher bashing to occur and for administration to make negotiations feel like an us versus them fight. I absolutely love my job and believe it what I am meant to do. This has been a great year where my students have exceeded my expectations and I have been excited every day to see my kids and take on the daily challenges of teaching. Unfortunately, there are days I honestly consider getting out of teaching because of the negative atmosphere and the feeling that administration does not support or recognize the work I do for my students."
Ed note: To Lindsay, who just commented. I accidentally deleted your comment. So sorry!
Lee wrote, "Teaching is a complex task. After 33 years, I am still driven to make every moment count with every student, looking for new ideas, new ways to be the best teacher I can be. But this isn't enough anymore; I am compelled to be an activist because so much is impacting my job from outside my walls. There are serious concerns about the future of public schools and my personal time is now spent ensuring teacher voices are heard. Much of what is reported is disconnected from what is truly happening in my school. This causes much stress and although I personally have high job satisfaction and my job is secure, my morale is at an all time low along with many of the colleagues I represent."