Feeling Sick..

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  1. TeachingTy2010

    TeachingTy2010 Comrade

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    Hi there,

    I am just wondering do you ever feel sick..like not giving it your 100% or just nauseated throughout your day...I felt like that yesterday and thus I did not go in today..


    It may be the school making us do these little tedious things and they don't even check up on us to see if we are doing it and/or its my children who never learned how to be quiet.

    I shouldn't feel unhappy to go to work...ok well maybe everyone feels unhappy going to work, but the feeling usually goes away..mine doesn't
     
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  3. mopar

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    That happens from year to year. It really depends on the class. I can say that once you find a reason to love your job again, it will get better. You became a teacher for a reason, find that reason!

    Talking is a problem everywhere, try some little things to see if they work. Something will click. Seek out your administration or mentor teacher to check up with them. Ask them how you are doing. Ask them for suggestions to a problem. As for the little things, they come with the job...just do them as quickly as possible.
     
  4. Sshintaku

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    If the school not checking up on your "little things" and kids talking are your biggest concerns, I'm going to go out on a limb here and say you've got it made.
     
  5. Caesar753

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    If students haven't learned how to be quiet, then you need to teach them. That's what our job is--to teach them to do the things they need to do.

    I also think that you shouldn't be upset about school not checking up on you. We are professionals and we're lucky when our admins recognize that we know how to do our job. If there's something you're unsure about, go to them for help. Otherwise, I think you should be happy that it sounds like they recognize that you are competent in your job.

    As for feeling sick, I think that it happens to the best of us. Sometimes we just have off days. I have a reserve of educational videos for when I have these days, and I'm okay with that. My students will still learn (the videos are pretty enjoyable most of the time) and I won't stress that I'm letting them down because I'm feeling off my game that day.
     
  6. englishteach7

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    I am a new teacher, and I felt that way today. I was definitely having an off-day. I did great this morning but in my afternoon classes my kids sensed that I was not on my game and they were so talkative. I hate it. This is my first year and I absolutely cannot wait for Thanksgiving break to get some much-needed rest!
     
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    When I said that I hate it, I didn't mean that I hated teaching. I meant that I hated having "off days" and times where I feel like I'm not my best. My students deserve my absolute best all the time and I hate it that I cannot provide that to them.
     
  8. UVAgrl928

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    No class is going to get the absolute best 100% of the time. Teachers are human. They have off days. They get sick. They get tired. They get frustrated. It happens!

    As people mentioned, if talking is the biggest concern, that is a very simple one to address. I have fantastic classroom management, but this year there is something about this group that isn't working. So I sat down with my intervention specialist and made a list of what is/isn't working. Then we went through and figured out how to fix it. So, yesterday, my class went back to day 1 of school. I retaught several of our routines and behaviors. This group is much more immature than I have ever had, and I realized that I should have taken this into account at the beginning of the year. Their immaturity means that we need to practice things a lot more, and repeat things a lot more.

    It does help to have an extra set of eyes come in and point out some things that aren't working. It doesn't have to be an admin... just someone that you trust. Sometimes you can be blind to some of the problems in your own room.
     
  9. kab164

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    Idea

    A coworker taught 1st grade last year. She initially taught special ed for many years, then 3rd grade and finally 1st. She is an amazing teacher and has the patience of a saint. I went into her classroom last year to do a lesson with her class. It was by far one of the noisiest classes I have ever seen. She told me it was the most challenging year she ever had.

    Her class was prone to blurting things out. She took a piece of masking tape and put it on her shirt sleeve. Every time the students blurted something out without raising their hand, she put a tally mark on the tape. So many tallies had a consequence such as losing minutes from recess, etc.

    I hope you are able to find a system that works for you. My daughter's class is very noisy this year as well and her teacher is also a 1st year teacher so I'm sure he's frustrated. Good luck and don't give up.
     
  10. ChristyF

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    This is year 14 (or 15?) for me. This year, I often feel the same way. I have a lot of issues with my class (from regular behavior to the child who screams and hits teachers, almost half of my class is sped with reading being their deficiency - most of them read at a 1st grade level or lower, and issues with a co-worker who wanted her grandson in my room and now thinks I'm too tough on him - she goes to the principal daily with a complaint). It's a tough year. Some days I find myself going just because I have to, not because I want to. I'm working hard to change that, but it's the truth. I remember year 1. It's a tough, scary, exhausting, demeaning, and heartbreaking year. It will get better. You will find your swing in the day and it will begin to be a better situation. One thing to consider is the grade level you are teaching. You might be in the wrong spot for you. Look around at other grade levels, talk to other teachers, and maybe next year try a different grade. Good luck!!
     

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