Tired Teacher Thoughts #SundayBlogShare

We are nearly there, the finish line is firmly in sight!

Across the country you can hear the count downs, some with 3 days some with 5 left, but the quiet whispers of ‘One Monday left, One Tuesday left…’ has now changed to ‘5 days, 4 days…’

And no, that is not the school children getting excited at the prospect of their six weeks of bliss with no homework, no getting up early, no teachers and NO SCHOOL!

I am talking about the teachers!

I have always said teaching is a vocation.

You either want to do it or you don’t.

But even if you really want to do it, nothing, and I mean NOTHING, can prepare you for the all encompassing exhaustion that accompanies the best profession in the world!

You see the little seeds of your pupils planted in your care at the beginning of the year, and as you realise what they need to flourish, you chart every stage of their germination, encouraging growth academically, emotionally and physically. The end of the year sees you proudly showing off the blooms you have helped to cultivate.

But not without wiping yourself out.

What with planning lessons that will engage and encourage, delivering all singing, all dancing lessons, assessing and marking, filling in spreadsheets and creating classroom environments to inspire, alongside termly reports and progress grids, not to mention our own teaching observations and performance management meetings, we still have to deal with staff meetings, parent meetings, parents in general and other class based issues. And I can’t forget the extra duties such as subject responsibilities, and clubs that we may run.

It is truly exhausting.

And we thank the day that the school gates finally shut in July… to the children anyway.

You see, contrary to popular belief, once the kids go home, it doesn’t automatically mean that the teachers pack up and leave in a ‘Let’s party! School’s out!’rush.

No.

Many of those teachers will probably leave earlier than normal, then the following Monday will be back in class. (Or maybe the last week of the holidays)

Yes.

We love our jobs that much.

Because it’s not possible to give your children the education they need without planning and preparation. And if we are teaching in the term time, and during school hours, we need to put in that overtime (unpaid, might I add) at home, and in school, to get things ready for our class of angels!

So, I will finish on Friday (Yesss!) then be back on Monday with my colleagues, clearing the classroom, sorting through resources, preparing display boards, naming books, printing resources, filing paperwork, ordering necessary items. We may be back all week, it may be a few days, but that will be the start of our break.

Then once we leave the school gates, our summer can finally start, but we know that wherever we go, our teacher mind is on somewhere in the back ground, collecting things that will help with our teaching, and any spare moments, we will probably be browsing Pinterest, saving ideas for the next year. And we will keep seeing stationery that would be soooo great for our class! (Cue spending from our own pockets, because we just can’t help it!)

You think your name (Mr/Miss/Mrs …) will be forgotten for the summer, but as you walk through your hometown, you can guarantee you will find a student, or their family, calling your name. Sometimes you want to hide, to forget you are a teacher, but for the most part, you relish the recognition! After all, a child remembers you and wants to speak to you, even out of school! That must be a good thing, right?

A teacher’s work is never done.

And I wouldn’t change it for anything!

( Actually, that’s a lie! I would change it so that there weren’t so many unrealistic expectations on the children, so much demand for accountability, so much paperwork and red tape, taking the fun out of lessons you could be teaching… Oh and a pay rise would be wonderful!)

So, once my extra stint is finished at school, I hope to get some real R & R, and do some writing (I’ll fit it in around all these functions we have coming up!) and I hope to get to my parents for a week too, where I know I will be able to finally chill out!

And before we know it, September will be knocking….

But I am soooo not thinking about that end of the holidays yet!

78 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. classroomandkitchen
    Jul 26, 2017 @ 00:12:38

    Teaching is wonderful, but no one really prepares you for the never-off-duty part. 😛 I have run into students on out-of-state vacation! Enjoy the remainder of summer and here’s wishes for a refreshed beginning of next year.

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  3. thattrueteacher
    Jul 24, 2017 @ 11:20:36

    Holidays just finished here in NZ, first day back today 😦

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  4. josypheen
    Jul 23, 2017 @ 19:47:49

    GO RITU!!

    Now its the weekend you have basically done it. The clean up on Monday might be tiring, but not as much as teaching. You totally deserve a long break! Have a lovely lovely summer!

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  5. emilypageart
    Jul 23, 2017 @ 17:19:56

    What amazes me are the teachers who teach summer school, too, so they just never get a break. I don’t know how they do it, because it is truly exhausting. Thanks for doing what you do!

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  6. Lucy Mitchell
    Jul 23, 2017 @ 14:10:34

    Having kids and watching them go through school makes me realise what miracle workers you all are. I think its wonderful what you all do as well as being temporary parents to them whilst we all work. Great post! xx

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  7. Shallow Reflections
    Jul 23, 2017 @ 12:18:29

    The only time I want to be a teacher is during school vacations and snow days, Ritu. But I am forever grateful for the dedicated individuals who respond to this calling with hearts and soul. Enjoy your time off! #SundayBlogShare

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  8. thebeasley
    Jul 23, 2017 @ 12:17:56

    I have nothing but respect for teachers. It’s one of the most important jobs in the world. Hope you get some relaxing done this summer!!

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  9. Marje @ Kyrosmagica
    Jul 23, 2017 @ 11:15:23

    Enjoy your well earned break Ritu. I just found out my daughter’s been offered a job teaching English as a foreign language in South Korea! Freaking out a bit about this at the moment. But, she is ecstatic – a huge Korean pop fan and loves Korean food etc.

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  10. Terri Webster Schrandt
    Jul 21, 2017 @ 18:46:12

    I’m already preparing for Fall semester. Teaching three university classes. Educator’s work is never done!! Enjoy what’s left of your summer!

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  11. eoilsforthesoul
    Jul 19, 2017 @ 01:17:13

    The best part of school was having those favorite teachers all of you make a big impact ! ☺

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  12. Anna
    Jul 18, 2017 @ 18:57:57

    You teachers matters. Don’t ever forget that! Without you we would go completely dumb.

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  13. Writer
    Jul 18, 2017 @ 18:01:43

    It’s true! I was just in my classroom and it’s the middle of summer. Ridiculous, I know, but it’s that time of year to get back-to-school deals for our classrooms. Now, let’s rest and get back out in the sun! 🙂

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  14. Holistic Wayfarer
    Jul 18, 2017 @ 05:09:08

    When I got home from teaching 5th grade (way back in my other life), I was DrAiNeD.

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  15. Jennie
    Jul 18, 2017 @ 03:26:29

    Yes!!!

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  16. crosscountrylifeblog
    Jul 18, 2017 @ 03:11:42

    Nice post! Great!

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  17. Rae Longest
    Jul 17, 2017 @ 21:05:08

    Been there…am there. Like you said Sunday, even my tired is tired! Today I was at the school “setting up” by 7:00 am, class ended at 10:15, five minute bathroom break and office hours (extra individual help) until 11:00, doctor’s appointment in the next town at 11:30, down the street to another doctor by 1:00, to the lab down the street and home at 2:30. Exhausted? I think that’s my middle name!

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  18. @g33hubb
    Jul 17, 2017 @ 20:09:05

    Well written Ritu! I work in Primary school admin (or at least I did before my health decided enough was enough), so I know how exhausting teaching is and I take my hat off to all you teachers out there. You are so right when you say teaching is a vocation – you really have to want to do it. So, have a wonderful break when you can, and forget about September for the time being!

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  19. Erika Kind
    Jul 17, 2017 @ 19:27:36

    Like being a doctor, nurse, priest… or teacher, I always said it is rather a calling than a job! But that doesn’t mean that you also need your rest and breaks! Soon…

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  20. Shivangi
    Jul 17, 2017 @ 14:58:42

    A noble profession but with great responsibility! Happy holidays Ritu…you deserve a nice break😀👍

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  21. aka Cibo the Anti-Pasti Poet
    Jul 17, 2017 @ 14:11:53

    Yay! Doing a job you love and doing it well. G:)

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  22. Sara Gethin
    Jul 17, 2017 @ 13:17:35

    So remember that anticipation of the holidays approaching, even though I’ve been out of teaching for 10 years or more now. Have a wonderful and refreshing break, Ritu – and I hope all the things you’d like to change about teaching come true sooner rather than later!

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  23. Judy E Martin
    Jul 17, 2017 @ 12:49:14

    I hope you managed to get some much needed rest over the holidays, Sis 🙂 xx

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  24. bitaboutbritain
    Jul 17, 2017 @ 09:32:22

    I wonder what Mr Chips would have made of it all?

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  25. Sobhalisha Panda
    Jul 17, 2017 @ 09:29:19

    Teaching small kids takes more effort than teaching the older ones,,I have my cousin about 5 years old and teaching her is the most difficult thing I have ever done,,,

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  26. Cheila
    Jul 17, 2017 @ 08:40:35

    Not to make you jealous but, in Portugal, we have 2 and a half months of Summer vacation. Wanna move here?😊

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  27. TanGental
    Jul 17, 2017 @ 07:52:49

    I have this image of you recognising someone, now in their 20s, as a former pupil and squealing and running up to them…. or is that just we bloggers you save that for?! Have a great summer and think about that book, eh? You don’t have to increase your blogging now you’re free.

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    • Ritu
      Jul 17, 2017 @ 08:05:06

      I would 100% do that with former pupils! I had one come for work experience last year!!!
      I will try so hard to relax His Geoffleship ! Xx

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  28. gouparchery
    Jul 17, 2017 @ 05:39:59

    good post ,awesome

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  29. robbiesinspiration
    Jul 17, 2017 @ 05:05:34

    I know that teaching is not the part time job many people think it is. I also know that teaching, particularly small children, takes a lot of energy. I hope you get some R&R, Ritu. You deserve it.

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  30. Ashwini Nawathe
    Jul 17, 2017 @ 04:59:17

    Hahaha..I know that feeling 😛 And yes it is so exhausting to shepherd around a bunch of kids (mine are unruly 17/18 year olds). But running into them at random places and getting recognized and loved is a bonus. Only yesterday I met a past student of mine and she told she was getting married! I suddenly feel so old now and I’m just 26!! God…

    Teaching is something I love and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Period.

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  31. anhistorianabouttown
    Jul 17, 2017 @ 04:22:36

    You’ve got this, Ritu!!! Hopefully it will be a little quieter and more relaxed for you once it’s just you in your classroom 🙂

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