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I Will Not Quit - Even After...

Lisa Mims

I have been reading a number of blog posts where teachers have proclaimed their intentions to quit teaching.  They then proceed to list all the reasons they are quitting, and they are pretty valid reasons!  I am, by no means, judging them. They have done what is best for them.

But, even after teaching for 28 years in three different states, four different schools…

Even after having one “new thing” thrown at me year after year…

Even after dealing with kids that would want to make you pull out your hair and gouge out your eyes…

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Even after dealing with teacher-bashing from those who know absolutely nothing about education…

Even after dealing with people who do not see education as a priority…

Even after being made to torture my students with standardized tests…

Even after being told that whether I am a good teacher will be judged by my students’ test score…

Even after my union, which protects my rights, is portrayed as the enemy…

Even after, everything that my students should learn at home, has somehow become my responsibility…

I still want to do this job.  I still want to open my classroom door in the morning and prepare for the day. I still want to stand at the door, smile, and say “Good Morning” to every student heading my way.

I want to fill their day with learning from me, from each other. I want to create critical thinkers and global learners. I want to watch it “click”. Watch them read, or listen, to a great story, collaborate, problem solve, participate in meaningful discussions, blog, Skype, work on projects, and admire and share, their work.

Maybe I am crazy. I am sure I can find other things to do. I am still “working” on that book. But I don’t want to do something else right now. Right now, I want to teach.

As difficult as being a teacher has become, I don’t want to quit. I don’t want to leave my students in the hands of another teacher. Or leave them in the hands of someone who is not as passionate as I.

Yes, one day, I am going to. One day, I will pack 28+ years of “stuff”, and turn out my classroom lights one last time.  But right now, even after, I will not quit.