I'm interested to look back on this and see if my perspective changes. I want to be gentle, but also realistic as I write this. As mentioned a few times previously, the 2021-2022 school year was my most challenging yet. Caseload numbers were higher, I was spread across quite a few grade levels, and I had one particular student with very challenging behaviors. I place zero blame on this student and their family. I cherish this student and have known them for years and LOVED teaching them. Their family members are absolutely incredible, gracious human beings. (I am using they/them pronouns for anonymity purposes.) Also, my principal treated me incredibly well and I place none of the blame on him. I think this year is primarily a reflection of systemic issues and some lack of support from a district level.
Comment on the teacher resignation trend: our society does not value teachers. If you say you value teachers/education, you'd better not be voting for people who make Betsy DeVos the Secretary of Education. Just saying. Great teachers keep leaving the field and if I continue to have experiences like this, I will too. I want to give it another shot in another district because I freaking love teaching small groups of kiddos how to read. And who wouldn't want to spend summers with that curly-haired cutie above?