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?