Monday, September 03, 2012

Just Not Enough of Me to Go Around

Ah, dear reader, I really had much better intentions.

I truly was going to post at least several times a week.  I really was.  But, unfortunately, the beginning of the year reality has pretty much changed that.

With 151 students, a significant increase over previous years, I'm spending a lot more time grading papers.  Consider that it's like having an additional complete class of kids, it's taking way more time than it has in the past.

As for planning...what planning?  We've had this mandatory meeting and that mandatory meeting, and mandatory STEM meetings every Tuesday, and this IEP meeting, and that IEP meeting, and that means that we are doing work after school (or at the ungodly hour of 5:00 am) because that's the only time we have free.

And so, to be honest, I'm just beat.  At school at 6:30, home by 5:00, run or walk after I get home, cook supper, eat, clean up, grade papers, fall into bed by, we hope, 9:30...

I'm truly going to try to be better, I truly're just going to have to be patient.


Lisa said...

That sounds really exhausting! I hope you find at least a little bit of time for yourself every (other ;) day.
I just wanted to let you know, that I’m always looking forward to read your next blogpost. I’m still preparing for school to start. Here in the south of Germany we start next week and I will have 27 3rd graders this year (highest number possible).
It’s not 34 but still a lot and right now I’m thinking of ways to handle the work better this year. So all tipps you can share about dealing with big student groups are greatly appreciated :)

Have a not too stressful day!

Ms Characterized said...

I hear you! And I'm happy to be patient -- I love to read your posts.