I have been extremely stressed for the past several months. Some days it's not as bad as others. I am in the midst of so many changes after 31 years of teaching, and I am not one who is opposed to change. I like variety, but it gets to the point where it becomes one new change after another with no time to get used to the change before. We are under a great deal of pressure to improve our state test scores; that's enough stress right there with constant meetings and disecting of previous scores and plans for failing students. We now have been given a new math series to help us which we are slowly getting accomodated to. Then we are told we need to pass in monthly samples of open response questions we are using in the classroom. Today we went in and were told starting after vacation we need to pass our planbooks in every two weeks and that we are going to not only write the plans but the purpose (objective) of each lesson and the state curriculum framework strand it addresses. I have 29 kids in my class, of which 5 are Title 1, 1 Sped , and four ESL. That's a big part of my stress. I have over-zealous parents who question every time their child gets less than an A or B. I could go on and on. I am now on anti-anxiety medication and I still feel anxious almost 24/7. I sleep, eat, dream, wake thoughts of school. I have about 4 years left till retirement, but am seriously thinking of leaving early, getting a 40 hour a week job (summers included) and the start collecting my pension in 4 years. I know administration is getting it from the higher-ups and passing it all down to us, but it is really getting to me. Also, I have a Masters plus 60 credits and was not highly qualified until I finisheed a 10 hour workshop on science. And so it goes with the constant courses for recertification. I know I am going on, but I don't feel like there are a lot of people in my shoes that are really getting sick from their job. Can anyone out there relate? Or has anyone decided to leave a little earlier from this whirlwind career?