Long story short...I took another job teaching 4th grade this past school year. I learned more than I can put into words. I transformed how I was teaching. I also decided to leave the classroom.
This happened for several personal and professional reasons.
On the bright side, I found a new job that I absolutely LOVE!! I'm lucky because it involves all the things I love about teaching (interacting with kids, having fun, being creative, seeing them "get it"), without the headaches (paperwork, lesson plans, insane amounts of testing, going to meetings). Do I have your attention now? : )
I'm working for VIPKID as an online ESL teacher, teaching kids in China how to speak English from the comfort of my laptop. I choose when I want to work. I make about $20 an hour. I don't have to write lesson plans. I get to wear orange and not have to think about what to wear. I have a blast every day!!!
This is a part time job and I was teaching classes while finishing out the school year. Full-time teachers, substitute teachers, retired teachers, moms...you can do this, too! If you have questions, please-please-please ask me. If you're interested in finding out more, here is my referral link: http://teacher-recruitment.vipkid.com.cn/home.shtml?refereeId=1499477
and the VIPKID blog: http://blog.vipkid.com.cn/
Give it a try. You never know what could happen.