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feeling overwhelmed

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Aaron and Jennifer (THEGREEN99)
Tue, 12 Oct 1999 17:37:44 -0400


I have a question for all you veteran teachers. I am starting on the
grand voyage of teaching my curriculum, since our district does not have
one. Someone once told me that as a new teacher, one should create at least
one lesson a year (a semester in my case) and do it really well. (Having
good visuals, resources, videos, etc., etc.) Right now, I am trying to not
overwhelm myself with too many projects like that. For instance, right now I
am preparing a lesson on Frida Kahol. I have selected passages for the
students to read and works of art to look at. I am also looking for a video
on her, too that I have access to. Of course, I still need to get everything
together for the meat of the project - a self-portrait. I am barely staying
afloat making sure all the stupid administrative things are getting done.
(Like attending meetings that have been cancelled, but no one notifies me
and of course it is my fault for not being a mind reader. Sorry, a little
bitterness.)
I am getting a little winded. All in all, I finding myself becoming
burnt, not burnt out, just crispy. I don't want to do a second-hand job
teaching my students. In turn, in order for me to teach them "properly" I
have so much to do. I really don't have any other resources. The other art
teachers in the district merely teach how to draw cartoon characters - at
least from what I have seen and heard. Is this "normal"? To feel crispy as I
do? Am I doing too much? I am trying to convince myself that I am not, and
that I have so much to do because I have not built a base to work from. (A
general base of projects and project materials) Any advice will most
appreciated.

Jennifer in Michigan


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