Maybe it's changing grade levels, maybe that the expectations for me are really high right now, maybe because I haven't been feeling up to par physically--but for some reason this year I feel under constant pressure and I'm really starting to get stressed out. Our district is in the midst of an overhaul by a new Super and that's putting a lot of pressure on our admins, so I guess it's just trickling down. We had reading and math assessments from the district that we had to administer; then fill in scantrons for (colored in over 800 dots in 2 days). Our lesson plans are due the Thurs. before the following week-which makes me feel like I'm constantly having to work on planning, instead of having the weekend to get it done, like we used to. Now we are administering a reading inventory called TPRI which we are supposed to have a 2-week window for, but they want it done in 3 days. It takes about 45 mins. per kid (it's a one-on-one assessment)-there aren't even that many hours in a day:dunno:. It's rushed because we have to give another math/reading assessment next week (scantrons again), plus we don't have enough palm pilots that work for all the grades to give it at once. My head is just spinning. I feel like we haven't been able to teach anything substantial yet and we have progress reports due in a few weeks, with grades expected. Anyway, I guess I'm just venting. There are other teachers who also feel this way-so it's not just me (I actually envy the new teachers, because they don't know any different ). It hasn't always been like this, I guess it will just take some getting used to. I have always loved my job, loved teaching-somehow the joy is just getting zapped out of it this year. (sigh).