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Re: feeling overwhelmed
[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]Heather Leal
Tue, 12 Oct 1999 17:07:40 -0700
Hang in there, Jennifer!
Burnt is pretty normal, at least a little toasty. Seriously, it is a lot of
work- and sometimes you need to take a little break and give them something
that may not be prepared quite as well as you would like, or isn't as fully
developed as you would like to give yourself a little breathing space. I have
been teaching art for 18 years and if everything had to be "personal best" all
the time I would be working 24 hours a day, everyday. It definitely gets easier
when you have developed a collection of lessons or units, and have samples
already made and student work from other years to show. I keep developing new
stuff anyway, I get bored doing the same thing too many times, and even things
that you use lots of times you keep tweaking each time to make it right for
that group of kids. Remember, what we do is important, but you also have a life
that is also important- do a good job, but remember that every lesson doesn't
have to be perfectly, completely developed. They will work anyway and the kids
won't notice. This sounds like I am saying it is ok to be a slacker, which I am
not, but keep it in perspective. Sometimes we are too hard on ourselves, we
work too hard- it won't help the kids to have a burnt out teacher- or even one
too crisply done.