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Discussion in 'Middle School / Junior High' started by RainbowsEnd, Mar 25, 2008.

  1. RainbowsEnd

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    Mar 25, 2008

    It's been 4 weeks since our last vacation and there are another 4 until we get one. I'm a first year teacher, and until this week I've enjoyed going to school each day.

    For the last 3 or 4 days, I've dreaded everything about my day . . . the hour-long commute, the classes, the students, and even my colleagues. I've broken down and cried twice because I feel guilty that my frustrations affect my teaching and my interactions with my students.

    I feel like I just need a day off, and I haven't used a sick day all year, but I feel bad. Is it OK to take a "mental health day" or do I just suck it up and wait for the weekend?????
     
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  3. INteacher

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    NO - if you feel guilty about taking a sick day, which I don't think you should, take a personal day. Taking care of yourself so you can be the best teacher you can be is very important. Everyone at some time of another has needed a mental health day for all the reasons you have described. Be good to yourself and rest yourself for a day.
     
  4. scienceteach82

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    Mar 25, 2008

    Self-care is not selfish. Our counselor told us that last year. Worked for me!
    Hope you feel better!
     
  5. jsfowler

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    Mar 26, 2008

    Take a day off and come back refreshed. Remember, your attitude rubs off on the students. If you are prepared and ready to go, your students will be also. We all have our moments, so take the day off and relax. You deserve it!
     
  6. KristysRedBarn

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    Absolutely take a day or two off. It will make you a better teacher and a better person to be around. Not the least bit selfish. In fact it would almost be selfish of you not too.
     
  7. Commartsy

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    Mar 28, 2008

    It's that time of year. With the kids getting wound up with the warmer weather and the big tests hitting, it's natural to feel your stress levels amp up! The last day of school hits about the time you think you can't take one more minute, and summer ends when you feel like you can't wait one more second to be back in the classroom.

    Take it easy on yourself.
     

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