Teaching is difficult. Those who think that teaching is an easy gig with a lot of holidays have never been alone in a classroom full of children or teenagers who they have to attempt to teach.
When I was assigned a high school this year I was nervous. I’ve never worked with this age group and I don’t have the slightest urge to. My place is in a kindergarten classroom, singing silly songs and using puppets. I am a firm, firm believer in early childhood education and the importance of the founding years that will shape the rest of my students’ lives. So, put in a high school where I teach ages 12-17 and where I am back in the world of hierarchy, social groups, outcasts, etc., and all the patience that I have for my five year olds vanishes.