Monday, February 20, 2012

I'm in a funk...

I know I haven't posted for a week, but I'm really not motivated at all. I'm only in the 5th week of school for the year and I can't wait for the holidays. 



Anyway, just had to get it out, I'll probably end up deleting this post when I wake up in the morning...

And I have, I just hated having something so negative permanently on here when I'm not normally such a negative person. Even though I woke up feeling terrible, you have all made me feel much better with your comments and virtual hugs - you've totally made me cry! The support on here is just amazing. I feel I can go into school today not feeling so negative now. It is just so defeating when you try so hard to help and support them and they do everything to stop you but I'll take your advice and focus on the beautiful students that I have and not let the others get me down.

Thank you all. I appreciate it so much. 


  1. I just wanted to give you a long distance hug. I think we have all felt that way at least one time or another. There are some years where I feel it more often that not. Teaching is such a hard profession because good teachers tend to pour their heart and souls into it. It can be very defeating. But, by its very nature it can also be just as rewarding. Hopefully your "funk" won't last and the beginning of the year blues will end soon.

  2. HUgs!! I know this feeling well. It seems like this year I can't ever really get on top of things and it is very frustrating

    It will get better

  3. It's so frustrating when you get the feeling that they don't care. When I get in a funk, I have to MAKE myself focus on the ones who do care. They're in there . . . they're like us, the future teachers and caregivers of the world. Give them your extra TLC. Let them know they're special. Help them shine so that the drainers don't suck your passion and life down with them into the darkness. You can do it!!

    And don't forget to take care of yourself; you may have compassion fatigue. A new curriculum can be a drainer, too. What re-energizes you? Do MORE of that. For yourself. For them! (Don't mean to go on but I wanted you to know that this too shall pass.)

    Sending positive vibes from TX,


  4. I completely understand how your feeling. We see all these great teacher blogs and it appears that they have the golden stress, fun, egaging learning. When in REALITY, its a struggle for us all day-to-day to get these kids where we want them. I have 59 days of school left and we are still having the talk- "my job is to get you ready for second grade.."

    It will get easier. Your a great teacher! Keep up the good work, your impacting their lives even if it doesn't feel like it. Those hard to teach, are the ones that need you the most.

  5. Sending lots of love and support your way! I know it can be hard and it seems more often than not these days. Take care of yourself. You are a great person and teacher. Don't let those few students or parents bring you down. I am sure you have many students that make it all worthwhile.


  6. I definitely can relate to this post! As I teach 6th graders and some of them have averages of 35 because they dont hand in homework and do poorly on tests. When I call home the parents say yea I will talk to them and nothing gets done. I stay after school until all hours of the night to help them but if they aren't doing their part of being parents and students we have to come in terms of the idea that we did all that we could. I have a very hard time coming to terms with that especially because in New York, your job could be affected by state test scores. Hopefully tomorrow is a better day for you.

  7. The fact that this is bothering you so much is a testament to your teaching heart. You are frustrated because you care about your classroom and the children in it. Step back and look for that quiet one or two who are listening and are losing out because of the attention hogs around them. Spend some time with these children so that they can remind you why you get up the morning.

  8. I know exactly where you're coming from. Now in the newest educational reform movement, in my state, teachers evaluations will be on student assessment scores, 40% of the evaluation will be based on student assessment scores. I have kids that are consistently late for school, missing not just 10 minutes, but an hour every day. And my evaluation is based on how well they do? I know where you're coming from. I wish I had some stellar advice. But instead, here's a virutal {{{HUG}}}!
    ☺ Tanya
    First Grade is Fantabulous!

  9. Don't let this get you down. I know exactly what you mean about parents and students doing their part to ensure their education. In some cases this is never going to happen. It is sad, but true. I can tell by your post that you are an awesome teacher and deeply care about your students and their future. Just remember, you are making a difference in their lives, they may not see it now, but they will. Keep on teaching!


  10. We all have those kinds of days.Hugs to you!

  11. Hang in there!! That was me at the beginning of the school year. I've survived lol ;) Big Hugs--positive happy thoughts. Just know that the students ARE LUCKY to have you in their lives! :)

    First Grade and Fabulous

  12. Big hugs!!! Just remember the lows can be really lowbut the highs are what. Make it worth it! Praying a "big high"(lol!!) is right around the corner! Xoxo

  13. I hear you. I know it's tough but we do what we can do. This curriculum is killing us all but don't stress too much. I am 2 weeks behind in English but what can you do? they don't allow for us to teach concepts, they just assume the kids know and they don't!! Anyway you know I am in a similar area. Focus on the good stuff and do something fun for you. Today we are spending all day making dioramas. Everything else can wait!!

  14. Sad to hear that you are feeling low. :-(
    We are nearly over the hump in the term and then it will be a downhill run.
    Hang in there, your kids are lucky to have such a professional and dedicated teacher. We just can't be 100% energy all the time. We are only human after all.

    The Learning Curve


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