Daily grind woes

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  1. linswin23

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    Hi everyone,

    I love being a teacher, but the daily grind is wearing on me. Do you ever feel this way? In a dream world school wouldn't start until 9am and we'd only have four day weeks, but yeah, that's never going to happen. I guess I'm just ready for fall recess, lol.

    Despite how different our jobs can be one day to the next it sometimes feels like there are times of monotony. Does anyone else feel this way?
     
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  3. AmyMyNamey

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    I find the hellish nightmare of it all alleviates any sense of monotony.

    In a dream world, I'd get a living salary, decent benefits, and violent psychopaths wouldn't run the school.
     
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    I feel bad but this post made me laugh.
     
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    I don't think I ever hit monotony with this job -- there's just always something new, always some way to liven things up, or interesting discussions to have with students. That being said, it can wear on you in terms of some of the monotony of certain paperwork or whatnot. I always say to the kids: my favorite times of the day when I'm here at the school are from the start of the school day to the end of the school day.
     
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    When i get saddled with a lot of marking, the monotony really gets me down. That is probably my least favourite aspect of the job. Marking the same papers over and over. I mitigate that by choosing to teach 2 different grade levels so that there is more variety in what I mark.
     
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    I'm feeling bogged down because I've been put in charge of organizing a few events that involve other schools and it's these extra duties (mostly logistical/organizing paper work and forms from other schools attending the event) that are getting me down. I'm left with working on all that crap after my full teaching load.
     
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    I think we need more (shorter) breaks during the year so we don't get worn out.
     
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    I totally agree. I'd even be keen to work at a year-round school where you have the schedule of four weeks on and two weeks off (something like that).
     
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    Maybe it's the time of year, maybe it's all the additional time my district asks for without compensating at full amount, maybe it's me wondering if I'm teaching my students anything, or the little tiny things my principal (probably district) seems to put above the actual education of our students, but yeah, I'm burnt out. Although today one of my classes SHOCKED me with their amazing creative brilliant writing. I was so pleased that I almost cried! (another sign of needing time to sleep in!)
     
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    This is almost the schedule of my district - kids arrive at 8:40 for breakfast, school day "officially" starts at 9, and we end at 4. Every Wednesday is a short day - kids leave at 2:00 and teachers have PD/plan time (because no one really pays attention in PD). It breaks up the week so nicely that I can't imagine having 5 full days of school every week.
    (Ok, I say "my district" even though technically I'm not back there yet. But it's going to happen soon so whatever.)

    The only monotony I had last year was with the extra stuff required of teaching - PD that is minimally applicable to the week or adds more work to do, testing... that kind of stuff. I never felt like my class was monotonous though, because every day has new things to do. Behavior problems are different; I got tired of dealing with the exact same behavior issues every day all year because of stubborn kids. But the actual day to day stuff never felt boring to me.
     
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    Ooooo I'm jealous of your schedule!
     
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    I think that's my problem right now, and maybe it also has to deal with my personal life, too. I'm finishing up my master's degree (done in three weeks), so I go home and basically have to work on stuff until 9pm. I'm going to work in the dark and when I get home it's almost dark. I feel like a vampire.

    I feel burned out as well now that I think about it, but not because of the kids or the teaching aspect. I'm burned out because I also feel like I'm not compensated for the amount of time and my soul I put into this job. I also am tired of having to tiptoe around certain admin and the drama that is rampant at my school.
     
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    I curious to know why you were chosen for these extra duties, especially with an already full teaching load. Doesn't the P have time to organize the events or can't it be assigned to someone who is not a teacher?
     
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    I was asked to take over the event last year because the teacher who previously set it up was overwhelmed since he already had too much on his plate. I work at a really small school, so everyone is pretty much involved already in tons of extras. Luckily, the event is tomorrow and I stayed late today to get it all setup and things are going well. Just ready for fall break!
     
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    Why not split the extra duties between 3 teachers instead of just YOU? If the other person was overwhelmed it would stand to reason YOU are also overwhelmed. These tasks should be split up to make it more fair.
     
  17. Been There

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    Devoting an excessive amount of time to one's work, in addition to all of the above and more, will invariably lead to irreparable burn-out. The temporary relief derived from holidays and summer breaks tend to provide some teachers with a false sense of recuperation, but IMO burn-out is a cumulative condition that doesn't just go away unless those variables that are contributing to it are eliminated or at least minimized. Occasional successes with students and recognition from a few parents and/or colleagues will also be insufficient to enable one to escape the "death grip" of burn-out. The monotony of having to deal with all that "crap" on a daily basis along with a full teaching load (with all its challenges) is bound to eventually take its toll, as evidenced by so many teachers who have left the profession. Just one person's opinion.
     
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    Certain times of the year are worse than others. And certain years the kids or the staff or your personal life are more demanding. It's just going to happen. I'm a night owl, so this early stuff stinks. This month I have morning car rider duty, so I have to be outside being perky at 7:30. I teach English, so there are often papers to grade. We had a change in admin recently. My mom was diagnosed with cancer last month.

    The good thing is that I've done this for 25 years, so I know that it's not going to stay hectic. Things always change. I won't bring home work during the week. I rarely bring it home on weekends. When I do, I won't spend more than a few hours on Sunday afternoon. I need the brain rest and time to decompress.

    My DH is a teacher, too. It helps that we can share our school stories with someone who understands.
     
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    A couple years ago the district was overhauling the schedule to have one unified system. 88% of stakeholders voted to do 6 weeks on and 2 weeks off throughout the year, with the full month of July for summer.

    They decided on the more traditional schedule, obviously. :rolleyes:
     
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    Yes, you are experiencing the feelings that plague every teacher in November. I too was struggling to just make it to Thanksgiving break. I have a heavier teaching load this year. My students are great. I find that it is the interactions with adults that I am not too fond of and as a result I have started decreasing the amount of time I socialize with other teachers at work. By February you will be feeling a whole lot better! And just to think winter break is right around the corner!
     
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