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Re: Difficult kids/ Alternative schools etc.

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sharon_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Wed Oct 06 2004 - 13:40:14 PDT


<<I unknowingly cheated my family of the best of me. I'm very lucky that my
kids did fine, but I was at that school until my youngest finished high
school. I was blinded by the needs of my students.>>

Unfortunately I relate to this as I've been stretched thinner than thin
since last winter when I was juggling WAY too many responsibilities at
school (teaching 5 periods but mixed levels so essentially 9 classes per
day, yearbook, drama, school website, advisor, committee person, etc.).
It's only marginally better this year.

The last 6 months, in particular, have been especially difficult; I'm an
only child and single parent and my dad died unexpectedly last April. My
mom is having a very difficult time (and does not drive) so I've been trying
to spend as much time as I can with her, taking her grocery shopping, etc.
My school schedule is VERY demanding (boarding school--longer hours, far
more duties) and so the one who's getting short-changed (aside from ME!) is
my high school senior.

The other night he really brought me up short when he said, "You're always
talking about your 'kids' at school. Well, Mom, *I'M* your 'kid' too!"

I need more hours in a day to try to do all of the things I have to do.
Doing "less" in any given area really isn't an option at this point.....

Sharon
www.art-rageous.net
www.cafepress.com/artrageous

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