- Monday rolls around, and I often don’t have my lesson planning done, so I have to wing it.
- I don’t keep changing the centers activities to match our theme; it’s so much work and I don’t have the time. Okay, sometimes I do. But not nearly enough.
- Sometimes I don’t keep a tight lid on the schedule, and we run out of time for recess.
- My desk and all the surfaces around the edges of the room are a mess. I’m not very good about putting things away after I’ve used them.
- I don’t come in really early and stay late, the way most truly devoted teachers do. I try to protect my personal and family time, but then I feel like I’m not giving enough time to my work. And it’s impossible to be a really great teacher without putting in lots of unpaid time.
- All my blog announcements to the contrary, I still don’t really teach science. I have this amazing water science book I was going to put in action, but haven’t found the time to read the whole damn thing and do all the prep work.
- I don’t contact parents nearly often enough.
- I don’t always write my weekly newsletter early enough to get it translated into Spanish.
There’s more. I’ll keep ruminating on my failings….