Everyone expects teachers to always be positive, upbeat, and helpful to all of the children that come into their lives.
Remember back when teaching was about conveying learning to pupils? I sure don't. Teachers these days are expected to be surrogate parents, nurses, and therapists for all of their students. I went into this profession because I wanted to do something that mattered. As it turns out, doing something that matters takes a lot of snuff.
I feel like a misreable git most days because I can't seem to keep up with the demands in my life.
So, in light of the last post: here are my goals... for good or ill.
- Do not take work home with me
- Plan in advance (lesson planning)
- Set reasonable classroom goals, and to hell with the district on this one... I can't teach everything they want me to teach
- Do not stay more than 1 hour after school each day... no matter what
- Remember that this is a JOB - granted one that I like - and that my MAIN GOAL is the health and well being of my family
- If all else fails - see goal #5 and learn to live with what needs to be done to make my family healthy and safe
- Have fun... with learning and getting to know the kids