“Weekends Are Not Long Enough” Saturday October 15, 2016

too-many-chores-woman-image-40501186I spent last night planning, prepping, and grading. And I spent this morning basically preparing for the week. Laundry, cleaning the apartment, grocery shopping, reorganizing my clothes (summer stuff is gone now), and then my family came out for lunch.

I don’t think they like coming to visit me in the city. It can be a long drive with traffic, parking is difficult, and the restaurants are more expensive.

And there was awkward tension between Lou and Daryl. Lou is pissed at Daryl for not only doing drugs, but getting caught with a joint at school. Daryl is grounded until “he can be trusted again.”

Zooey also came out to lunch with us. She had a lot to talk about. Her firm does physical therapy for a professional hockey team and she has a crush on all of her clients now.

My mom’s job is in jeopardy. There’s a rumor going around that they might close her store. I wouldn’t be surprised. She works at JC Penny, but that strip of stores has been slowly declining over the years.

Lou’s not too worried about it. He got a raise or a promotion and thinks they can get by without my mom working. Really? Then why can’t he help me pay down some of my debt, huh?

That’s basically it. My mom kept asking me how work is and I feel like I have to keep up this facade that I love teaching, but that my first year is just going rough. I don’t think I do love teaching. But I can’t tell anyone. Every time I think about quitting it just makes me want to cry.

Anyway, Zooey and I are going to go out tonight. She keeps telling me that I need to get laid. She thinks if I have sex it’ll ease some of the stress. She might be right, but I’m not really in the mood.

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3 thoughts on ““Weekends Are Not Long Enough” Saturday October 15, 2016

  1. I’ve enjoyed your posts, and was rooting for you to get a job. I’m a retired teacher, but still subbing and doing some long term jobs here and there.
    I’m glad you got a job, and- I totally understand where you are right now.
    I LOVE teaching, I’ve always felt it was my purpose in life. But the profession and demands have changed, and teaching now is tough.
    I took a job last year in 4th grade when called to fill in because a teacher quit the day before school started. I stayed the entire year, and it was the toughest one of my career. As a I read you daily posts, I’m thinking- is this my school? Sounds way too familiar. But I think this is the way many classroom are today. Your Tyrese is my Jaden. Believe me, I can picture it all, along with a class who liked to talk in high volume, a lot , making teaching pretty difficult.
    I survived, and even enjoyed the year, but it was hard. Most of my stock tricks didn’t work with this class, so I had to come up with new ones. They didn’t always work either, so I developed more new ones. Now I hear that the 5th grade teachers are at their wit’s end, so it wasn’t me, and it isn’t you.
    I’ll comment to give you whatever advice I can, too much in one post.
    The first thing I had to do was develop a good repoire with my students. I told them many times, probably every day, that I liked them and wanted them to do their best. When a student acted up I told them they were better than that. I told them that if I turned a card, moved a clip, took a point, it wasn’t because I didn’t like them. It was because I cared, and we all need to move on to do our best. It wasn’t personal.
    I also did marbles, and have done so for years. If we got to 25 we had a free afternoon of our choice, and I’ve had classes that barely made it once. I never took a marble out, because they had earned it. (It might take awhile to earn another one, but with some classes that jar would empty out pretty fast, and I wanted those marbles they earned to be a reminder that they could do the right thing.
    Enough for now. I just wanted you to know that you are no alone. And I know that sinking of the stomach on Sundays!

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