Besides the fact that a lot of the kids are rude, spoiled, and obnoxious (to be fair, they say I have an attitude problem). I just don't like the work.
You know people who talk just because they like to hear themselves talk? Well, I am the opposite of that. I do not like to talk and I hate to actually hear myself talk. Of course I am distracted and don't mind if I am conversing about something new and exciting. (This may be why I hate small talk.)
I know what you are going to say: "But you are TEACHING something new and exciting for the kids". It may start out that way. But once you've explained something to the same group of students (something they should learned years earlier, ANYWAY) 4 or 5 times (and they just talk while you are explaining) and they complain that they don't understand because you don't know how to teach (they know that it's my first year - so they like this excuse). The whole 'new and exciting' thing wears a little thin.
Another thing I miss is not being around intellectuals. Granted, intellectuals can be too competitive for my taste, egotistical and snotty - I still prefer to hang with them. Not that the teachers and administration are not smart... I just wouldn't consider them intellectuals.
I guess I am just disappointed in myself for thinking that I would actually enjoy teaching. What kind of person does not know these things? I figured that teaching would be like tutoring (which I DO enjoy) on a much larger scale. I thought that the warm and fuzzies I feel with I am tutoring someone and they finally 'get it' would be times 20 or however many people are in my class.
Well the warm and fuzzies are more like fire-hot-pricklies. All of the turmoil that it takes for them to actually 'get it' takes up every ounce of my energy. And it requires a lot of convincing for me to not just walk out during a lesson to my car and drive 0.6 miles back home. J/K it's not that bad.
But I do have to think of a really good reason not to crawl back to Ga Tech and beg for my old position.