The Thing About Teaching

I’m drowning in paperwork right now. The end of the trimester is Friday and I’m really hoping not to spend most of my Thanksgiving break grading papers. I already have to spend an entire day at work next week cleaning my room.

One of the biggest challenges of being a teacher is that you have to be good at so many things. Organization is one of my biggest weaknesses as a teacher. My lack of organization affects my classroom management, my ability to stay on top of scoring work and inputting grades, staying on top of the many meetings and requests for IEP/504 input, and processing emails in a timely manner.

I am good at lots of things that are important to teaching, but right now all I can see is the stuff I suck at. This year’s schedule definitely exacerbates my weaknesses. I know that. I frequently don’t have what I need at the class at the other school. Having 250+ students make staying on top of grading a herculean task.

I know I’m just feeling down for a lot of really important and valid reasons right now. And I knew this was going to be a shitty year at work. I’m just feeling buried under the weight of it all.

1 Comment

  1. It’s so hard when a third of your life feels chaotic — and maybe even more. I don’t have any advice, but I do get it myself. I hope your Thanksgiving break is spent NOT grading papers.

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