A mouse in a house of catcalls
It takes a special kind of person to be a teacher and I think you're one of them. Perhaps you can try not being so hard on yourself because I don't think you give yourself enough credit. I concur, quitting is not an option.
teaching has to be the hardest job on earth! I really admire you.
I can't imagine what a hard transition it's been. I've been teaching for over a decade, but I really do not think that I would survive teaching young kids too well, not to mention the socio-economic and race questions (I know that race "shoudn't" be an issue, but I think we're naive to believe that we live in some 'post-racial' utopia).I hope that you can be kind to yourself and engage in activities that you enjoy and that connect you to friends, family, yourself when you aren't teaching/prepping.Good luck with the next week.
I can only imagine how hard it is to be in your shoes. I know I'd be in tears everyday too. But I also know you have the resiliency to get through this. I can even imagine the kids when they are older saying, "Geez, we were so hard on that poor teacher. All she was doing was trying." Think about it this way, if you are able to get through to one child, that is making a difference in that child's life. I know it doesn't feel the same as a classroom, but it does matter.
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