I'm drowning!

Discussion in 'Special Education' started by Carissa, Oct 18, 2016.

  1. Carissa

    Carissa Guest

    Oct 18, 2016

    I am a first year teacher. I teach high school special education. To be honest I feel like I am drowning. The paperwork, lesson planning, classroom management and dealing with a paraprofessional who does not respect me has me feeling defeated. I am constantly questioning whether or not I am or ever will be a good teacher and I just can't keep up. The to do list is daunting and doesn't end. I'm starting to doubt myself. I am in desperate need of some words of encouragement. Is it normal to feel this way?
  3. czacza

    czacza Multitudinous

    Sep 30, 2001
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    Oct 18, 2016

    Yes. It's normal. Breathe. It does get better, I promise!
  4. Linguist92021

    Linguist92021 Phenom

    Feb 4, 2010
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    Oct 18, 2016

    I think an unprofessional coworker can put a lot of weight on your shoulders, ruin your mood and make you doubt yourself. I would try to figure out a way how to handle that, either become more authoritative (you are the teacher after all), have a talk with this person, or something else. After that, things might seem easier.
  5. catnfiddle

    catnfiddle Moderator

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    Oct 19, 2016

    Are you the only special education teacher at your school? If not, see if you can acquire a mentor relationship, either official or unofficial. You may not be in lock-step with the other teacher, but you can bounce ideas around as you plan.
  6. smalltowngal

    smalltowngal Multitudinous

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    Oct 26, 2016

    I agree with catnfiddle to see if you can be provided some sort of mentor, either another special education teacher or a general education teacher who can help. The biggest thing about paperwork is to have an organized system that works for you. Have you talked to admin about the paraprofessional?

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