I had other plans of what to write. So naturally I procrastinated by going on social media instead.
One of the problems I’ve encountered with leaving the teaching profession is that most of my friends on social media are teachers. I’m still reading the classroom memes and “guess what happened at school today” stories. Now I’m starting to see the countdowns until the end of the school year.
The last few days I’ve seen a lot of posts about Teacher Appreciation Week, and I’m friends with several people who were named Teacher of the Year in their buildings.
And yes, teachers should be appreciated year-round and treated with respect, and of course, I’m happy for all of my friends.
But to be honest, sometimes I really struggle with it. I’m the odd one out who’s no longer a teacher, and not because I chose to leave. And while I have friends receiving accolades for their teaching, I’m just reminded that I failed.