Teaching in general can wear me out. I like to think that normally, it is one of those tired-but-it-was-so-fun-getting-there tireds (I think it used to be like this). By the end of this year, I was tired because of some clique stuff and a lot of paperwork/other stuff I don’t feel like doing because I would rather be teach or preparing for what I need to teach stuff. I thought I would get to recharge with a program I’m working with this week, where I work with young writers.
I started out my career teaching at the primary level, and I really enjoyed it. I’ve been moving up and finding that I enjoy working with the older kids. I thought it would be so much fun to work with the little ones again. O.M.G. HOW did I do this? Granted, I’m doing a seven hour day of nothing but writing (and trying to add technology), but most of these kids slap down a few sentences and are done, and it’s only 15 minutes into our (let me repeat, SEVEN HOUR) day. They can’t type. They can’t get an web address correct. And I almost can’t take it!! It’s really challenging for me because I don’t have any of my old stuff and I had to scramble to get materials for this, so of course a lot of my stuff is just a little to over their heads.
Now honestly, this is just a really long day. Even with the older kids, this is a long time. I’m breaking up the day with plenty of recess and free computer time, but it still feels like a lot.
On the plus side (it really isn’t all bad!), I’m seeing some great creativity during recess, hearing some ?? stories, getting paid for, and I got some reflective writing done today.