Is it just me?

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  1. Teachingtots

    Teachingtots Rookie

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    I have wanted to be teacher for as long as I can remember. I love interacting with the kids and still love teaching. But I am feeling so burnt out by the expectations for schools today, constant parent emails, and lack of direction from my district (i.e. no pacing guides, no real curriculum).

    I taught at a charter school in Detroit for four years and am in my first year at a nationally recognized public school this year. I thought things would be so much better, but I've come to the conclusion that education in general is a mess!

    Sometimes I just want to toss in the towel. It is so disheartening when I feel like I plan, prepare, and constantly give my all but still don't feel good enough as a teacher. I love the kids, teaching, and all things curriculum, but I'm exhausted!

    I feel like I complain all the time about my job and I don't wanna be that person! Sometimes I wonder if it's just me or if other teachers feel the same way!?!? :dizzy:
     
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  3. czacza

    czacza Multitudinous

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    Yes other teachers feel that way, but it's not that way everywhere.
     
  4. ViolettFrances

    ViolettFrances New Member

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    Do something to reignite the passion you have inside of you for teaching! Resting is part of the process for doing good!
     
  5. chebrutta

    chebrutta Enthusiast

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    :hugs: It's not just you. A great deal depends on the hand you're dealt - school, district, state.

    I had a miserable year last year due to things that were completely out of my hands and my administrators' hands. I complained more about my job than I thought I was capable of. The only thing I know for sure is that I can't expect any consistency from my district. So now, the trick is finding a way to deal with the fact that I have to roll with the punches. At the end of the day, I love teaching, and I'm grateful to have a job - so now I just need to make it work.
     
  6. TamiJ

    TamiJ Virtuoso

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    There are a lot of demands on teachers and I think many teachers feel the same way you feel. I find myself very exhausted after a day of teaching. However, I nap every afternoon and once I go home I don´t do anything school related (save for chatting on A to Z). So, I think it´s important to find time for yourself so don´t burn out.
     
  7. Em_Catz

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    Great advice Tami (and everyone else to). I don't have much else to add except I find that I am the most stressed when I fail to plan. When iI am organized iI feel less stressed to. I hate to know iI have something but can't find it
     
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    TamiJ Virtuoso

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    This is right on. I find that my own stress too evolves from lack of planning or organzing (I plan everything to the T because of this), therefore I have super detailed plans and know everything I am doing every minute of the day, and stay organized. I am currently reading a Debbie Diller book so I hope this will give me some more organization ideas.
     
  9. redheadkate

    redheadkate Rookie

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    I know how you feel. I felt that way after my first quarter teaching, and it's exhausting. But it will get better. Hang in there. :)
     
  10. Lynnnn725

    Lynnnn725 Connoisseur

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    Yes, although my district has very detailed curriculum guides. I took this past year off as a "recharge year and it has done wonders! I am so looking forward to this school year. A short break was just what I needed. I learned a lot of lessons while I was out. I look back on my last 6 years - nothing was ever done" whether I stayed until 6 at night or left at 3:45. So I'm setting limits - leave no later than 5. Target time is 4:45. I will not work at home. I will take it one day at a time and remember I am only one human.
    I am at a new school (same district) and the atmosphere is totally different. I can already tell the difference!
     
  11. geoteacher

    geoteacher Habitué

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    I do think this is a widespread issue. Teachers have a lot on their plate, and the load isn't getting any lighter.
     
  12. Teachingtots

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    Thanks for all the suggestions everyone! It was my first year in first grade and I was in a new district so I think I was overwhelmed by all the newness. I am looking forward to getting highly organized for this school year!!
     

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