So I've been teaching 13 years and I've made it to HOD (been there for the last 8 years). Since I've started my subject has been totally changed and I'm doing things some better some worse than what I signed up to. Some days I feel like a French teacher teaching mandarin! Does anyone else feel that's all you do.. Teaching ...and the rest of life is passing you by? The kids seem to be getting lazier, the paper work more demanding, and the staffing... Well I have dinner ladies supervising GCSE classes as there's no money to pay for qualified staff yet they are still expecting a-c grades so I find myself running up and down corridors teaching three classes at once (and yes I have complained and yes I have sort Union advice. And the response is leave if you don't like it!) I sometimes think is it my school or is this just the state of education? Is it just me!?!