1 newly pregnant teacher suffering from exhaustion and headaches.
1 year of working within the standard calendar
3 less breaks than previous years
22 more days of school left
18 children who seem to have lost ability to function
Put all ingredients into a classroom and stir.
I know many of my colleagues are suffering from similar complaints*. I am fully aware that some of it is me, but I am fully aware that lots of it is them. Just looking at colleagues faces confirms that. My daily pattern has been that I start off positive, I quickly become frustrated, then I speak slowly and softly, and then whammo, I yell. And I yell because I worked really hard to speak slowly and softly (I'm already mad at this point), but when a kid simply chooses to ignore me, I can't control it.
*The complaints are:
- incessant talking when a teacher is talking.
- incessant noise and playing during routine transitions.
- consistently being given specific one and two steps direction and NOT FOLLOWING THEM.