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I had to respond because I, too, have depression and anxiety and I am back in school. My first class I was so terrified that people would figure out that I was stupid. It was when my teacher wrote on my first paper that my insights were interesting and intelligent that I began to realize that I wasn't as dumb as I thought. I also had anxiety attacks, but I shared that with my instructor. Her response was that having anxiety would be valuable to me, because I could recognize anxiety in my students and assist them in dealing with it.

Remember, in teaching, life experience can be a real blessing in disguise.

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. Henry David Thoreau


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1/10/15 11:14 P

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Okay, okay, I read your last post. And, I just have to respond. My most stressful moment or thing about teaching is being made feel that you are a rotten teacher by your administation. emoticon Yes, I've felt that way and it was very hard on me and subsequently on my family. Remember that administrators have their own agenda. You will need to just keep looking for that silver lining and keep putting their comments in perspective. I've been teaching for a long time now. this is my 24th year. I am not a rotten teacher. I am a good teacher who is always striving to become better at my own pace.
The Number One Thing you can do for yourself is have faith in yourself and your ability to do a good job. Make friends with the teacher next door. I have worked with some great teams of teachers. Those teachers are extremely supportive individuals who share their daily challenges and accomplishments.
How do I deal with stress? I share my frustrations with the teacher next door, shut my door and curse into a pillow, and walk on my treadmill when I get home. That treadmill is my best friend some days.

Again, Good Luck! And remember, there is always something to smile about, however fleeting it may be. Tomorrow is another day. emoticon

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I'm impressed by your perseverence! I'll share a few things with you about me. Maybe it'll help you feel better about yourself.
First of all, It took me eleven years to earn my BA and Credential. Don't worry about restarting your education a few times. It's OKAY. I had a few starts and stops on my journey too. I suffered from debilitating shyness. All those group discussions and reports were very difficult for me. I always felt really stupid. Sharing my thoughts with a partner in in class was torturous. If I was late for a class, I'd drive by the school and not go to class. The embarrassment of coming in tardy was too much for me to handle.

Thank God, I've outgrown most of that timidness. It's taken a long time. I've also gone a few years without having a panic attack in the classroom. Every once in a while, I'd panic and freeze in front of the class. All those eyes would be on me, waiting for me to say something important. Geez! I'd have to just focus on breathing and talk mself into carrying on. Even though I'd forgotten everything I was going to say or do next. I've learned it's okay to make mistakes and laugh at myself. I laugh a lot these days. Mostly at myself. Every year I teach my students to laugh with me and at themselves too.

You've already accomplished a nursing degree, teaching should be easier than that. Have you volunteered in a classroom? That kept me motivated and focused on my goals.

One more thing I want to tell you is to keep an open mind about what kind of teaching position you want. There are so many different kinds of positions available for teachers. For example, intervention teachers work with smaller groups of students and have a more flexible schedule than a regular classroom teacher.

I taught Independent Study for five years before getting a classroom position. Independent study teachers have the opportunity to set their own schedules. So if you have health issues, this may be the direction to go. Adult School is another good option. I know several teachers who have gone to Adult School teaching full time. They find it enjoyable and less stressful.

Good Luck! Oh yeah, and what was that about 30 units a semester?? I never took more than 15 a semester. What kind of super student were you?




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thank you all very much for taking time to reply to my post. I think taking one subject in 6 months ( 1 semester) is ok. So that would be light more easy. But i am thinking if i would become a teacher i should be able to cope into a fast paced and stressful work or environment. but how can i handle it?. How about you? how do u keep up in stressful times? whats the most stressful thing u encountered as a teacher?

about the volunteer i am considering it.

I am improving in terms of the mental aspect. I am taking a supplement and i feel i have more energy so thats good news! emoticon

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I used to teach at the college level and found that so many of my best students were women who returned to school at older ages and were sure they were dumb because they hadn't done well in the past, because they had been put down over the years by themselves and others, etc. I found that their insights were invaluable, their input was truly appreciated, and that OTHERS recognized quickly that they were a lot SMARTER THAN THEY THOUGHT - many went on to grad school, successful career changes, etc. Don't ever let anyone tell you that just because you have NOT YET done it that it means you can't - because you CAN.

Nancy from West Virginia - EST
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I think the advice everyone gave was good ...so let just add that your wondering if you will be good teacher so maybe you could try being a teacher some where like volunteer or something like that.

you must really want this cause you keep trying...just remember everyone feels like they don't know anything when they start some thing new you just have to keep trying and ask alot of questions and don't feel bad if your not getting the class it take time to adjust...The teachers are there to help so make sure you ask.

Just take one class and see how it goes, then you can concentrate on only one subject. Also there should be people there that can help you (they called them class advisers when I was in school...they were there to advice on your classes especially when your having difficulties and i had some difficulties)


now here this...you are NOT dumb...maybe confused and frustrated not dumb...not at all
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I agree, a lot of this sounds like it's coming from your depression. Work on getting that under control and take 1 class if that's what you can handle. Going to school isn't easy so don't be upset with yourself, just do what you can. If you could find a counselor who is a right fit for you it might be helpful to talk to someone who is objective.


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1. Forgive yourself.
2. Have you dealt with the brain fog and depression? Until I got my depression under control, I couldn't even read a book from beginning to end. I couldn't keep the sequence of events in my head-ti didn't make sense to me. This is one of the side effects of depression that doctor's don't mention. My doctor told me that I was the first one to mention it-probably because reading is so important to me. He started asking patients and found almost 50% had comprehension problems while suffering from depression.
I also spent a lot of time having students repeat things because what my brain processed was not what they said.

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The first thing I think of to help you is for you to make an effort to stop beating yourself up - either about the eating or the reactions you are having due to stress. Slow down, take a lighter course load - maybe even one class at a time - make small changes rather than jump in with a hundred new and different things all at once - understand that your LIFESTYLE changes will happen over a LIFETIME and if you are not perfect, it doesn't mean you are "defective" but rather that you are HUMAN and ALL humans are scared, tentative, imperfect, and have both successes and failures that teach them what works and what doesn't work for THEM and that make them stronger and more capable of facing their new challenges. You can do whatever you set your mind to - don't expect perfection, but rather celebrate even the small progress that you seem to be ignoring because you were not perfect. In each of the three efforts you made, it appears you were MORE successful than in the previous one - don't give up, DO give yourself credit for the efforts and for the PROGRESS.

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hi. im not sure if ive come to the right place. if so, i apologize. I'm kinda confused thats all and i hope you could give me advice or opinion. I am a nurse but due to major depression, anxiety and brain fog i wasnt able to work. I decided to try my first love, which is teaching. So i went back to school and tried. I panicked at the classroom on 3rd day, i think, when i couldn't figure out the table the teacher was writing at the board. The teacher told us to group ourselves so he could distribute the topics for reporting. Because i panicked, i wasnt able to comprehend what my classmates are saying. I feel so dumb, i freaked out and i didnt go back again. after months,and a year, i tried to go back at school, took the same course but this time it didnt work because i got embarassed because i was soo tensed. Bottomline? I was not prepared. So i quit. Third time, this time i , again, took the same course. I was taking 5 subjects all at once. I was sooo stressed out because reports, exams and deadlines are hitting me up. I decided to drop one subject. so i did. Only to find out i dropped the wrong one! I got stressed, overwhelmed by it entirely. Theres a demo coming up but i decided not to go anymore because i feel like everybody knows how dumb i am and honestly, i felt like a loser.
When i was on my 20 icould juggle 30 units! And now i couldnt even handle 18. Whats wrong with me? I feel like going back again. But i honestly feel afraid. I called a school early this afternoon and i ask if i could just take one subject in a semester so that the demand is less. The person said yes you can. So im still trying to figure it out. I wanna be stronger and wiser this time. But, i was pondering could i handle the stress of teaching pre school/elementary or highschool? Can u suggest anything?

With this stress, i cant stop eating. I know i am hurting my body and i hate it. I suck. I dont want to talk about it. I dont want to plan or think about it. I just wana hit the gym and stop eating rice so i could take over!


Thanks for reading. Any comment will be much appreciated. Thank you!






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