I was thinking about it on my way to work this morning. My plan is going to be to continue the job I’m doing right now until I can retire in 2025. If I manage to get a better job before then, I can stay as long as I want to work. If I don’t, I will be 55, can draw my pension and go back to college to be a nurse. I am not going to leave where I am right now just to go teach science in another school. I will stay put unless I can get a job downtown or a homebound job or something similar that is not so stressful. If I do actually get all 6th grade classes next year, then it shouldn’t be that difficult, and I should have time to work on my course work for college. If I get that admin certification finished, and am not able to get a job, I could even start on the coursework for nursing my last couple of years teaching. I am too close to being able to retire to walk away. I have to make it these last few years. I have to remember that being miserable for a couple of hours a day in exchange for the ability to retire and still getting lots of time off is not a terrible deal. It’s not my whole day that’s terrible- just a couple of classes. It’s not easy, though, to be talked to worse than a dog by a 12 year old child. To go to college for 10 years and then get treated like dirt by a child is tough to take. I don’t know what is going to happen to these kids or what kind of future they will have with no ambition or motivation of any kind. All they want to do is play on their phones. Smart phones are destroying school. Something needs to be done.
I’m just going to keep coming to work, mind my own business, do the best that I can, and let the rest go.