February 24, 2013
I didn’t take my Adderall.
My printer isn’t working.
I didn’t know we had homework.
I’m on campus until 9pm.
My book is at my dad’s house.
I don’t understand how to submit homework.
I forgot my log in.
I had APUSH homework.
I didn’t get any sleep.
I had a doctor’s appointment.
My depression medication is being adjusted.
My alarm did not go off.
The counselor messed me up.
I’m not supposed to be in this class.
I was playing COD.
Can I turn it in tomorrow?
February 15, 2013
Teachers work under a great deal of pressure. I read with interest Anthony Cody’s blog post on the topic linked here.
I feel this pressure. I feel tired. I do not know how to NOT feel this way.
Workload, scheduling, the number of students, mandates, training, testing. The sources of pressure can turn into a long list. I have to give myself permission to not work sometimes.
I have often said that teaching is a lifestyle. The quality of the lifestyle is up to the individual but can be improved with support from others. Cody offers some suggestions to create a supportive culture in schools to help deal with the pressure. Some of his suggestions seem silly to me (a high school teacher), but I imagine some of my colleagues would appreciate a variety of support.
I need to improve my lifestyle… on so many levels! Is it possible in my current environment?