I’m a secondary English teacher. I’ve finished NQT, am at a good school and a good department, but feel ready to quit. I can’t even put a finger on why, which makes me feel like I’m just complaining or being lazy. I did well in training/NQT year and feel I was as prepared as you can be for teaching. My department is supportive. Marking is obviously demotivating, but I’m keeping on top of it as much as I can (my book checks came back good). I prepare lessons in advance and carefully. My classes are harder, but not unmanageable. However, I enjoy teaching some of them less. I’ve had some personal issues that may have contributed to my feelings, but I’ve just stopped seeing the point of teaching. I feel the workload and expectations are unfair. I feel the students are becoming worse already in my short time. I find the curriculum mind-numbing. I feel it’ll never change, unless it gets worse. I always thought teaching was my calling, so it hurts to admit I don’t enjoy it. Is it normal to feel this way? I don’t know what to do. I’m not ready to quit, so I suppose I want to hear from those who may have felt this way and overcame it.