This is nothing new to other teachers out there. But sometimes teachers just have too much to do, and it starts to grind us down.
I had a morning free to do paperwork. This is a gift, I know, and many school districts don’t provide this kind of time. So I do feel lucky in that sense.
However. I came in after doing parent conferences for both my sons, and almost immediately started feeling too exhausted to be at work. This cold I’ve had for the past week is an evil one; I’m tired and weak and lightheaded much of the time. So working — and concentrating — was a real effort.
Here are some of the things I have to get done by next Friday:
- finish the report on a formal observation I did
- turn in all my paperwork on the observations I’ve done
- write a lesson plan for the formal observation someone will soon be doing on me
- finish my class assessment portfolios
- write 18 report cards
- fill in all the assessment scores on the district data website (for a second time; I did it this morning and then the system crashed and nothing was saved)
- write my lesson plans for next week, when we begin patterns in math and sea animals as our main content theme
- prepare to do Text Talk lessons each day next week
- visit each 1st grade classroom during reading and then meet with each 1st grade teacher to support them in transitioning fully to a balanced literacy plan for reading
- and more, only my brain is too tired to remember
I got only a small fraction done this morning. I don’t know how I’m going to manage next week.