"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."

('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Oh dear!

Yesterday I had a phone call at work. At first I thought it was a school ringing to book a software fair, then it became evident that I was being asked to do a day's supply teaching on Monday. I am on the supply list in Wrexham but this was the first time they had contacted me. Against my better judgement I agreed to do it but within ten minutes, battling with increasing feelings of panic, I rang them back and said I wasn't available after all. The truth is that, since leaving my teaching job, with great relief, last summer, I have never felt the least desire to go back into the classroom, but actually it goes much deeper than that and I am left asking myself how on earth the job and its pressures have left me feeling incapable of ever standing in front of a class again.


Michelle said...

How wise of you to get out when you did. Lord knows what would of occurred if you had stayed in the system.

Dale said...

"incapable of ever standing in front of a class again."
Wow! I'm surprised to hear that, Jenny. I'm assuming you were once a gifted and devoted teacher, and now you can't bear the thought of doing something that once brought you joy? The pressures of teaching today are, I suppose, more than most of us realise. I'll bet the school system has lost one of their best. Too bad, really.

Jennyta said...

I was certainly devoted to the job, Dale - spent hours at it but over the last few years too many problematic things have happened and I think it's the result of the culmination of all that. My reaction surprised me too, I can tell you!

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