So today is Friday...what did I get accomplished?
I had a delicious breakfast at work. We have a staff breakfast every other week. Yummm, bacon.
My students and I finished reading Act 3 of our Hamlet graphic novel.
I wrote a Geography quiz for Monday's class.
I taught a lesson on STI's (sexually transmitted infections) to my two classes of Grade 8's right before lunch. This lesson involved a powerpoint slide show. Of graphic pictures. Of what can happen when you get an STI. They were shocked. It was great.
I made my one class sit in silence for 45 minutes as only three of the 25 finished their homework. This was after they had 45 minutes yesterday to work on the assigned work.
I lost it on my next class who came and they also hadn't done the assigned work. More of them had done it then the first class, but still not enough.
Then I apologized for yelling because it wasn't all the kids who didn't do the work and they didn't deserve to get yelled at.
I cam home and had a nap. I was (am) tired.
I really want to be able to let it go. I don't want to stress myself out about my students doing or not doing their work. I want to go to school, work for the time I have to there and then come home and leave it there. I don't want to be so consumed by my students progress. Does that mean I want to be a bad teacher? Or just have a normal life? I have struggled for my entire career as a teacher to find balance and believe me, it's a struggle.
I want to do my best as a teacher and offer my students the best opportunities to learn, but not at the price of my own well-being. I need to learn to let it go. Advice?