Two days of school, done. 176 to go.
Considering that the first day of school is generally the hardest, most exhausting day…this year will be great! Seriously. It was a cake walk. Easy peasy. Easy as pie. Easy as a $3 hooker.
(I may be feeling skeptical about the reliability of this generalization?)
I expect it will get harder. DEVOLSON is coming, after all. This teaching thing is hard stuff. 50+ hours a week, at a breakneck pace, is enough to overwhelm anyone, and burn out many. I was browsing my favorite teaching blogs today, and the word “sustainable” struck me a couple of times. As in, a pace and workload that is sustainable over the course of a year or a career. (Read this. And this.) A teacher’s pace and workload are unsustainable.
I love the challenge…but the intensity wears on me. I love the purpose-filled nature of this job…but I am not Superwoman and I can’t always save the day. This is the fight. This is our fire. “Sustainable” is going to be my word this school year. Stay tuned as I consider and define what that means for me.