First I want to say that I apologize for the fact that I tend to only visit this board when I am looking for help or when i am getting frustrated and feel the need to 'talk' to some other teachers. Sooo, here I am...I just want to know if it is just me, just my grade group, my school, my county or my state.. Do you ever feel like you are just drowning in this job? Our state, Florida, talks so much about how badly they need teachers, yet they seem to be doing everything they can to drive us away. It is hard to actually tell how much is state, county or school related, but it does tend to trickle down. Today, I was bopping along, enjoying my teaching day, and then..the teaching part of the day ends...and meetings, read emails, look at the ever growing stack of 'to do' papers and papers and more papers (AIPS, IEPS, parents waiting for conferences, Dibels (more testing), sent to training, learned about more required training for a computer program we won't even be able to use because we don't actually have the equipment in our room, etc, etc...) and I feel just overwhelmed with it all. I know I am not completely alone...my co-workers feel the same...but I still can't help but feel like I am somehow just not cutting it. The paperwork and non-teaching parts of the job have become a fulltime job in their own right! I got online to look for a specific worksheet and happened upon several websites where people have put together these elaborate and creative plans. When do they have time to do this???? Yes, I could be working on something right now, but then..I DO have a right to have some evening time and weekend time that isn't dedicated to school, right? It just so often feels like we (teachers) are drowning and then the 'powers that be' keep tossing us bricks. Is it just me?