Mean people suck...

Today was one of those days...the last Monday of the year and it was definitely a Monday. This week brings a torrent of emotions...leaving my dear friends at my current job to the excitement (and nervousness) of my new position. My job is exhausting...my students can be exhausting. Those who are figuring out that they are sorely underprepared for high school (and not sure what to do about it, nor have they decided that they care) are blowing out...with their attitude, their behavior, or both.

This morning I was told that my assignment was "stupid," that I should quit talking to them about the fact that I care, that they didn't want to hear that I was concerned about them. A co-worker was rude, then I spent the next few hours crying. I am at my emotional end...two years in the making, I am exhausted.

So many think that teachers have it easy...we just tell kids how to do work, the they do it, right? Wrong...at least that is not been my experience. It is like herding cats, holding 35 corks under water...difficult, exhausting, relentless. Summer? It is the time to refresh, renew, remind...why we are here, what is at stake. There is no other job or career where you literally have to mold the future.

Mean people do suck and today I let them get under my skin...normally my skin is thicker, normally I am able to shake it off, but today, my heart was on my sleeve and it was a bit bruised and battered...I need to make it through tomorrow, then crowd management day....

Breathe...

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