I'm Exhausted. But We Got This.
Every teacher on my end of the hall is burnt and over it already. Every single one of us. Being forced to teach in a pandemic, wondering which kids will bring it, who will get it, what will happen, and will I take it home.— Doug Robertson (@TheWeirdTeacher) October 3, 2021
This is worse than online by parsecs. https://t.co/zJfxFje4aN
I thought it was just me. https://t.co/ZmHHyXPXsI— Gwyneth Jones (@GwynethJones) October 3, 2021
But then, after a few hours of thinking about it, and a 2 hour Sunday nap - I added this:
Although I agree with this, and I am exhausted every weekend, our kids need us!— Gwyneth Jones (@GwynethJones) October 3, 2021
This might not have been what we trained for or expected but if not us, then who? Let’s step it up we got this! #ExtraNapsOnWeekends
So yeah, I'm exhausted. I'm anxious. Stressed out. Not a little scared. SO OVER Standardized Testing. Oh and .....weirdly and at unexpected moments, quietly freaked out. Not like a panic attack - but panic attack adjacent.
BUT....It's our job.
This might not have been what we trained for or expected but if not us, then who? Or whom?
Let’s step it up - we got this! Front line workers, nurses, doctors, police, fire, other public servants -- they can't give up - and neither can we. C'mon --- We can do this. I know that sounds simplistic, but really? What is the alternative? Moaning and groaning that we can't do this - doesn't solve anything. It will only drag you down. But I get it, the fear is real. Now, Maryland has a pretty high vaccination rate -- and I have to admit, the former waitress...err server in me remembers to go with the "fake it till you make it" mentality. Gosh forbid this also sounds like Toxic Positivity - I swear, sometimes I just am trying to convince myself.
Then after the clouds - a bright spot appears. A kid will say thank you and that they LOOOOOOOVED the book. A 6th grade class I cover when we don't have a sub - cheers as I come in the door. My assistant brings me a cookie. But man oh man am I glad this isn't my first year teaching. THAT would be a REAL challenge. God Bless and prayers to all you baby first year Teachers & Library Media Specialists. If you have questions or want to vent - you can always email me!
Sounds like a good recipe! Hope this week is a good one and…half term is coming 😊— Elly Griffiths (@ellygriffiths) October 4, 2021
SQUEE! I really try not to be an author pesterer but I am an Elly Griffiths fangirl, so the fact that she replied to my Tweet had me really squeal IRL.
What do you think? Am I being too Pollyanna here? Maybe because I'm retiring this year I feel like I can tie a knot and hold on until June.....but our kids NEED us!
Please do comment and tell me what you think and feel.