I'm a first year 3rd grade male teacher, and it is more overwhelming that I would have thought. I'm amazed at the amount of work I have every day and the fatigue I feel at the end of the day. It is better than the beginning of the year, of course, and I have gotten a routine down much better than the first month of school that came in like a lion. Anyhow, is it normal to not even want much of a social life during this first, stressful year of teaching? I have turned down dates and just making new friends in general (which I now regret) due to the fact that I was too stressed to even think about making a committment to plans, phone conversations, outsing, or social events that I will probably turn down because any time not teaching I like to just crash, sleep, workout by myself, or hang with my two best friends. Any of you do this? I feel as though I lost the chance of some nice friends I could have made. I feel much regret. I know I can NOW change this. I'm just wondering if anyone else has doene this and if I"m normal. Or did I just handle it all wrong and should have extended myself to making new friends. Need feedback.