September 15, 2008
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I’ve been working on preparing materials and lessons for school since I got home at 5 pm today. I feel like I don’t have enough time to preview the texts, develop essential understandings and interesting lessons for every class when they need to be done, ie, NOW. I know everyone says that new teachers work long and hard hours, and I know I got a lot of the thinking done last year, but really? Is it really this much work all the time? Of course it is. I’m in a profession where I am responsible for training my students for life beyond their diploma, for life when they walk out the doors of school, or for that matter, when they walk in.
Life for a high school student is hard and my goal is to find ways to, through my teaching, help make their lives better and easier.
It’s so hard to get everything done. I have been working on preparing essential questions, lessons, reading notes, and other such things since the day began and I feel like I’m not making significant progress in light of my growing task list.
Personally, there has been little time for me and Allan in my busy school schedule. I get home, spend a little time on the couch talking with Allan, and then I sit down to work. And I sit there until it’s time for bed. He supports my career and the time it takes to do it well, but I know that the lack time spent together doing Jen and Allan things will wear us both thin over time. I have to strike a balance.
It’s late and I’m tired. I have to get up early tomorrow to make some photocopies. It’s time to put these thoughts to rest and start fresh tomorrow.
Remind me to take knitting in to work on during lunch tomorrow…