I am in my pre-practicum right now in an 8th grade math class and I'll be starting my student teaching soon in the same classroom. I have started taking over the teaching responsibilities when I go into school on some days. Today, I taught two lessons and lead a small group activity and I feel so exhausted. I honestly feel tired at the end of the school day (and I only go once a week!) and it makes me question whether I am cut out for this job, especially in a low-income school. I have a two year commitment to a high needs school and there are so many challenges that I am not used to. My mentor teacher works very very hard...she comes in before 7 and stays until 5:30 and doesn't take a lunch break. I don't think I will be able to do this regularly when I become a teacher and it worries me seeing how much she has to do everyday. I'm also feeling discouraged because I feel like all of our lessons are very procedural and I really want to use some of the ideas that we talk about in my methods classes next semester...but it is very hard to implement. To plan my lesson today, I spent about 3-4 hours creating the handout for students. I know I can't devote this kind of time next semester and I hope my mentor has materials I can use. On the positive side, my lessons today went really well! One of my students walked out the door saying that it was a really great class and another student said I did a good job explaining. My mentor also gave me positive feedback!