I feel like I'm at a point in my life where it's all about work. Other than spending time with Mr. Biz and going to church, work monopolizes all of my time. Now, I'm not saying that this is necessarily a good or a bad thing. I'm truly not sure. When else in my life will I have this much time and energy? I see the working moms I teach with and I honestly have no idea how they make it work. When I have children will I even want to continue teaching? I guess we'll wait and see.
Right now, I am in my third year teaching first grade at CES. The amount of growth I've made in the past few years is astounding. After college graduation in 2010, I thought I was completely prepared to teach. Needless to say, I was wrong. I'm sure when I look back on my current teaching in five years I'll see much more growth. I do enjoy my job, but the amount of time, effort, and mental sharpness that is required is already beginning to wear me down. Can anyone make it 30 years in teaching anymore? Standards continue rising and accelerating. The kids are the same, but we are expecting so much more. Is that fair to them? To us?
I don't think so.
Yet here I am, pushing on, pushing my students to succeed. Mostly loving it, but sometimes not so much. Here's to the teachers. Keep on keeping on.