The Educator's PLN

The personal learning network for educators

I'm Not That Super Teacher: When Teaching Takes Its Toll!

My eyes are burning.

My blood pressure is high for the first time in 53 years.

My doctor swears that I have mild arthritis in my knees.


"Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound"


Nope, not me, I'm not that Super Teacher. 

I think it's all getting to me.

No, I am not quitting. Withstanding all the crap stuff that comes with the job, I still love teaching.

But, I wonder...

Do my eyes burn from all the paperwork I have to fill out? The research I do in order to make sure I am complying with Common Core?  Lesson plans? Grading endless papers? Compiling and studying data? And of course, Twitter chats, this blog, and all the articles I read regarding education? (Okay, this one is my fault)

Is my blood pressure high from trying to keep up with the demands that have been placed on me by the principal, the district, the state, the federal government? Dealing with children with an unwarranted sense of entitlement? Having to keep a tight leash on a class that could explode if I didn't snuff out the little things day after day? Parents who don't seem to think that they have a role in the education of their children? (Not all of them, but every year, the percentage of non supportive caretakers increases)My archenemy, Standardized Testing?(Which holds me hostage, accountable)

Is the arthritis from standing most of the day? (Can you get arthritis from standing most of the day?) Standing so that I can roam my room, and make sure everyone is engaged. Standing so that I don't become one of those teachers glued to the desk or my computer. Standing so that I can teach and learn with my students, and not at them.

I'm not that Super Teacher. 

I'm way slower than a speeding bullet

My strength is nowhere near comparable to a locomotive

And able to leap tall buildings, much less in a single bound? Ha!


These things that have become an integral part of who I am as an educator, may be taking a toll on my body. My hubby laughingly says I am falling apart.

Here's to hoping it's just old age, and not signs that I may have to give up what I love!:(

 Originally posted on "Diary of a Public School Teacher"

Views: 170

Tags: demands, for, of, stress, teachers, teaching

Comment

You need to be a member of The Educator's PLN to add comments!

Join The Educator's PLN

Comment by Dorothy Hastings on February 3, 2013 at 5:13pm

Hey Lori, you are Great teacher! The only thing required is make appropriate schedule, plan time, and have thoughtful implementation.  It’s time to look up your classroom role and responsibility.  Hope will have great hearing from you. Best of Luck!

Comment by Lisa Mims on January 31, 2013 at 11:12pm
Thank you Lori, that is so true!:)
Comment by Lori Ann Gibson on January 31, 2013 at 6:18pm

I notice you mention nothing about your heart, which much truly be in great shape.  After all we exercise it the most in the teaching profession! Keep going because our students need great, dedicated teacher just like you are!

About

Thomas Whitby created this Ning Network.

Latest Activity

Christine Hinkley updated an event
Thumbnail

20th Annual Online Learning Consortium International Conference on Online Learning at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

October 29, 2014 to October 31, 2014
Online learning is one of the most talked about and fastest growing sectors in higher education and corporate training today. The OLC International Conference on Online Learning is the premier global gathering covering this field.Call for Presentations deadline extended to May 19, 2014.See More
22 hours ago
Profile IconLaural Hartmann, Doug Ficker, Lua Lise and 10 more joined The Educator's PLN
23 hours ago
Joel Josephson posted a discussion

EU Multilingual Families children’s eStoryBooks

Great NewsThe EU Multilingual Families children’s eStoryBooks have now been published. There are 2 books, for 0 to 6 and 6 to 10.http://www.multilingual-families.eu/repository/for-children They are specifically designed to motivate children to be learn…See More
Tuesday
Robert Sinclair Jr updated their profile
Tuesday
John Marsh shared their blog post on Facebook
Monday
Teresa Conley posted a discussion

Still time to participate in letting your views be known through my study

It is not too late in get in on this study. I am looking to interview teachers and principals on how effective they believe they are in influencing student learning while operating under Federal and State mandates and district initiatives. I want to know what you believe the problem to be, what skills or knowledge are not being addressed in these mandates and initiatives and what you believe would best help you in your mission of providing effective, quality education for all students. If you…See More
Sunday
Teresa Conley replied to Teresa Conley's discussion What are you beliefs about how effectively you are able to deliver instruction while operating under school reform?
"Robin,  I am sorry I didn't get back to you sooner. Please, if you are still interested in participating in this study, contact me at tac014vr@gmail.com. We can set up a way to do an interview. Looking forward to it. Thanks, Teresa"
Sunday
Profile IconMike Pennella, Heather McFadden, R Lafrance and 11 more joined The Educator's PLN
Saturday

Awards And Nominations

© 2014   Created by Thomas Whitby.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service