I am a first year teacher, and I am struggling with all the work that I have to complete. Not only am I completing lesson plans, but I am constantly going to Professional Developments, Meetings (during School and After school), one-on-one meetings with the principal, observations, etc. I feel like I am being watched like a hawk and am under a microscope all the time. I have lost at least 15lbs, I am constantly on my computer working, my own kids feel like I am never available and they are falling behind with their work. I have told the principal that I am overwhelmed, and she says that she does not understand why. Is is normal for me to be so discouraged and stresses out and always working. I feel like I am not teaching my students to my full potential because I am constantly trying to do other work that my principal is requesting. Also, is it unusual to have a self contained fifth grade class... I think this might be one of the reasons I am so overwhelmed. Common Core Math is new to me, and I am struggling with the new concepts, and the Novel study that I am doing for reading is a brand new book, so there are no lessons created out there, and the Lucy Caulkins writing curriculum is so time consuming....plus add Science and social studies...I don't even have time to teach that half the time!!!!! Is this an over load of work, or am I crazy????