And that is not an exaggeration. We have one more week left and many teachers are already letting the kids play cards and watch movies and I don't feel right about it but have no energy to make any more lesson plans. I am the only sped high school teacher and came into a room with very few resources, though it is a nice room with lots of light. If it weren't for google, I honestly don't know how I could have survived this and I always felt guilty b/c there was no flow to my lesson planning--there were too many worksheets. I think I could have handled it if I hadn't found out I have breast cancer in early November and it's been crazy ever since. I opted for holistic treatment so that's been a help physically and emotionally and it seems to be working, but try to concentrate on learning the ins and outs of IEPs and meetings and re-evals, etc, while you're also worrying about whether you're going to die! On top of that, new school, new town, and all my docs are 2-1/2 hours away. I got pretty far behind on my paperwork but almost caught up now--for awhile there the print was dancing on the page--I could not focus. On the up-side: I have fabulous students who truly care about me and are not a discipline problem, and I'm in a good mood most of the time. I have supportive admin and a best friend here in town. And a dog, lol. Anybody else have this much stress in their first yr of teaching? I'm fried. And looking forward to a summer of rest and building curriculum.