I am feeling extremely overwhelmed, overworked, and stressed out with my first year of teaching. I cried all the way home yesterday because it's all getting to me. I haven't even started yet but the preparation of an empty room in a week, going over teaching materials, and conducting meet your students has taken it's toll on me. I am shocked at the amount of work that teaching entails. I feel burnt out before I have even started. My degree in elementary education did not prepare me at all for anything beyond the best practices of teaching. Dealing with parents, questions, learning all the school's policies, the huge feeling of responsiblility of 20 students, etc............ ahhhhhhhhh! Teaching is consuming my life and I have no down time. It's a big adjustment from going to school to starting teaching. Thanks for letting me vent. I am just having such a hard time, I don't know how I will last the whole year!!!