WARNING- This is a vent! I love to teach. I love my school. I am having a horrible year though. How do you stay motivated and inspired in spite of all the stresses? Everyone is under tremendous stress with the new evaluation system, new lesson plan demands, neverending assessments, RTI, etc. - I can handle this (I think). I can even handle the students but I can't handle the parents! Yesterday: One student came and told me he isn't going to do the reading log because his mom said it was stupid and threw it away. This boy has been tardy 72 days so far. A grandparent called and wants to have me fired for picking on her grandson (who happens to be a severe behavior problem). She was contacting the school board and I should expect to seeing the mom on Monday. A student came in and took her reading test then handed me a note. The note said that I was to call home when she was done with her test so that the mom could pick her up. So, apparently she thinks there was nothing else going on at school on Friday? And a student brought in bedbugs yesterday! EWWW! That parent was angry. The nurse and P bore the brunt of that one. This is just one day! I have had a rough couple of weeks. I'm so worried about these kids! I do love my students and maybe if I care about them so much, this would be easier. I broke done in front of my P at lunch. My P is very supportive and even found me later in the day to tell me to go home as soon as the bell rang. Apparently she's worried about me. I'm worried about me! How do you step back and not let it all get to you??