Tuesday, November 3, 2009

I may need to rethink this...

What I did today
Walk the dogs
Feed the dogs
Shower, dress, eat, make lunch
... all before 6:30am.
Morning extra math help for 8 students
Team meeting
Parent meeting
(Parent informs me that her child needs every step for every topic written out in order to be successful... uh-huh.)
Math meeting with administrator about curriculum, NC.LB and A.YP
... all before 9:30am.
Teach a class
Photo copy for tomorrow
Brief meeting with administrator about NC.LB and A.YP
Crunch state testing numbers for parent from previous meeting
Teach a class
Email parent from previous meeting (while eating my PB&J lunch)
... all before noon.
Teach a class
Teach a class
Faculty meeting
Crunch state testing numbers for other students doing poorly
... all before 4pm.
Drive home
Crunch more numbers while sitting outside with the dogs while they burn off energy...

What I didn't do today (that I should have)
Grade my stack of tests
Grade quiz corrections
Return 2 parent emails
Write weekly mass parent email
Photocopy quizzes

I don't know if I can keep doing this job. I feel like there is more and more asked and not enough time in the day or money in the budget to get done what we need to get done. I love working with my kids, but the other parts of the job... I just can't keep up.

But I don't know what else I would do... :(


Jess said...

I feel your pain and it is exactly why I chose to go to ultrasound school and become a sonographer. I just couldn't keep up with all the demands! Good luck...you've been in it longer than I was and I think you're a wonderful teacher.


sunflowerchilde said...

I've been giving a lot of thought to becoming a teacher. It's something I've wanted to do since I was a child. I'm an analyst for the State of California, and I'm so bored with the mindless work and sitting in a cube all day handling paper. There is no challenge. And I have to enforce rules I disagree with. I'd love to hear more about the ups and downs of being a teacher.

Anonymous said...

Sorry =(. That sounds like a crazy busy day and you still have more left?!?! Ugh, hang in there!

Katie said...

Okay, so you sound like me on so many levels. I have had so many days where I just don't think I have it in me anymore. But as soon as I try to imagine doing anything differently, I can't even go there. I love the kids, and the creativity and flexibility I get (sometimes), but hate the report cards, conferences, workshops, test scores, and delusional parents. Hang in there!