This is a bit of a rant, but also request for some help, if you don’t want to read anymore stop here.
It has been a long school year, of that there is no doubt! Students and teachers can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but there is still a ways to go. In our case until June 16th for the students and shortly thereafter for the teachers.
I know “cry me a river”and all the other comments that those outside of teaching say to teachers, when we complain of being “tired”. “Just “suck it up” until school is out, then you have the summer off and you can rest all summer long while we are still working” and other similar or worse comments. I hear it every year and read some of the less than complimentary comments on posts or Twitter in response to other teachers saying “I’m tired”.
You know something, I really don’t care what those others say or think anymore, because right now I am tired – bone tired. So if you have a negative comment for me, just keep it to yourself, it won’t get published or completely read before I trash it and you will just be wasting any time or effort you put into your response.
If that is your thing, go find someone else to berate, beleaguer or insult I don’t have the energy or inclination to put up with it right now.
I can’t blame how I feel today completely to last week’s surgery or having three IEPT meetings (along with the associated paperwork) already this week, in addition to a regular teaching schedule. Those are just part of life and what I am hired to do as a Special Education Teacher. So in my opinion they are not the reason for my tiredness, I think it goes much deeper than that.
I believe a lot of what I am feeling is because there is no “OFF” switch anymore, we seem to be always “ON”!
From all the #***chats, EdCamps, WEBINARS, online courses, seminars, and other formal and informal professional development opportunities that are available most every night of the week and weekends (in other words developing a PLN), Twitter running in the sidebar, Facebook in the background and probably a couple of chats on the side. In addition to the normal workload of correcting student work, school related paperwork, participating in the multitude of committees, lesson planning, then re-planning or adjusting your lesson plans to the reality of the day and its multitude of interruptions. Then trying to figure out how to reach those students who are not interested in what you are attempting to teach no matter what you try.
It is easy to say JUST SHUT IT OFF — Unfortunately, that is not the answer.
To be a good teacher today, you need to do many of these things just to stay current, but at the same time how do we keep up this pace without burning out? I know that this being “on” all the time is not only affecting teachers, but also many other professions as well, been there and seen it up close and personal. So please do not go off on that tangent, this one is for teachers.
What can we do to lessen the impact of having to be “ON” seemingly 24/7 in today’s world or at least a lot more than we were in the past?
I guess that is the question.
So what do you think are some of the solutions that will help teachers like me feel less “tired”?
“Are you doing the right thing for the right reason?”