November 12, 2010

Thank you, Friday!

After what has been a a very long week, I am immensely thankful for Fridays. Oh, how I look forward to the relief that they bring after an exhausting week.   Some weeks, I feel as though I've run a mental marathon, and I count the days until Friday finally arrives.  This... was one of those weeks.

My students really disappointed me this week, in many ways.  In addition to the normal behavioral issues and the constant struggle to get my students to stay on task or complete a homework assignment, I was heartbroken to see how terribly my kids performed on two big assessments this week.  Heartbroken because I don't know what else I can do to help them... and because they don't care! 

It can be so discouraging to work so hard and care so much and see such little result.  I feel like I'm at my breaking point.  I'm disappointed in myself because I feel like I'm now looking forward to the end of this position (I have just over a week left) rather than feeling sad to leave.  I need a time out!

Thank you, Friday, for giving me the time to relax, the lluxury of sleeping in tomorrow morning, and the promise that I can relieve myself of the stresses of work for the next 48 hours. (P.S. One of the things I look forward to about the day-to-day subbing ahead  is that I can make any day my Friday if I want!)

2 comments:

  1. Yes, i know the feelings of disappointment with students but then I realize they are kids. (some with problems).Goes with teaching. I never really dwell on but i do express my disappointment and their lack of effort and demand improvement. There's always another day.Hopefully much better ones.

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  2. Thanks for the encouragement! I had a heart-to-heart with my class on Friday where I expressed my disappointment and restated my expectations and desire to see them succeed. After a relaxing weekend, I'm in a much better place now, and I hope to see a positive change in my students as well.

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