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New teacher wants to run from the classroom

New teacher wants to run from the classroom

Dear Amy: This summer I left an unhappy but reliable job for a transitional teaching program. I’ve always been interested in teaching but hadn’t pursued it. All summer I was excited and looking forward to being in the classroom. I’ve invested thousands of dollars, my time, and my friends’ and family’s support into this pursuit. Three days into it, I want out!

I came home after the first day and had a terrible panic attack. I almost had to pull over while driving home! The school and the kids are actually pretty nice (I don’t expect discipline problems), and the school is fairly supportive. My anxiety wasn’t because of these external things, but rather because I...