Is it common for teachers to be a bundle of emotions? Do things eventually get better as the years go on? You know, to the point where I’ll be able to actually have time to have conversations with my boyfriend and eating won’t consist of me nibbling out of a ziplock bag?
There are times when I go…
Yeah, things get better…not necessarily easier, but you get better at knowing what works, what doesn’t, what’s important, and what’s not.
During my first year as a teacher, I didn’t know if I wanted to stay in the profession because it all felt like too much. Another teacher told me I needed to stick with it for three years, and if I could do that, I would be fine. And it did get better. This is my 8th year, so I don’t remember if year three was actually the turning point, but I do know that teaching is much better now than it was during that first year. I can actually smile and laugh in the classroom now. =)
Hang in there! There’s light at the end of the tunnel. =)