So…school is back. I’d like to start a little conversation about that, maybe just with my fellow papacy gals, as I think maybe they are the extent of our readership.
Last week I was really determined to be a better teacher this year. This week I’m feeling deflated and apathetic. I reckon this is quite normal, but I’d like to reverse the trend.
To be honest–and I haven’t aired these particular thoughts to the world at large yet, or, more particularly, to my colleagues–I seem to be having less and less love for teaching the 9th graders. I mean, I think maybe I have a rough bunch this year, which isn’t helping, but I don’t feel any sort of passion for teaching 9th English. I find this worrisome, but I don’t know what to do about it. I am trying to focus more of my energies on making their classes better–as in, more conscientious planning, attempting to give better feedback–but it’s almost as though those energies are frustrating me more because they’re not working yet. I mean, I see the difference from last year, but they sure don’t.
Basically, I don’t know what to do with that. I do not, however, like the way I’ve been feeling during their classes lately. And I don’t like how how I’ve been feeling has been affecting the way I teach the class (think giant snowball of negativity).
I needed to get all that out. I’m hoping to go somewhere positive now, or at least think about going somewhere positive.
But how have y’alls’ years been so far?