By Teachers, For Teachers
Feeling frustrated in the classroom and counting down the days unttil your next break?
Take comfort in knowing you're not alone with a poem by Roxanne Elden, author of See Me After Class: Advice for Teachers by Teachers. She captures the do or die attitude of teachers struggling in their first year.
Make Me or Break Me
They say this first year will make me
Or break me.
I guess that’s because it takes me
Eight days to get through a stack of papers
And there are eight more waiting,
And every day I stay at school later
And get less done…
This is NOT fun.
Help me someone!!!
I’m already counting how many more
Mondays Until vacation
(There are 12, by the way,
And I’m getting impatient)
Because I spent all last night
On grading and preparation
But I can’t get these kids to just
And take this inspiration.
My temptation to keep driving
Instead of arriving
In the teachers’ parking lot
Is almost as strong
As my fear of what could go wrong
If I don’t pull into this parking spot
And I’m not sure if I can take it…
I’m trying so hard to make it work
The way the movies make it seem.
I’ve been sacrificing so much sleep
I forgot what it feels like to dream.
This isn’t the person I’m used to being
Not the image of me I’m used to seeing
I miss the days when I was a student,
Complaining about teachers to my friends…
This job seemed so easy from the other end.
From here, nothing looks the same,
And you know what’s even more of a shame?
I hear my teachers’ voices
When I yell my students’ names.
And you know that one quiet girl,
In the back,
With the glasses?
I overheard her mom saying
She wants to change classes.
They say this job is rewarding, but lately
I just feel like all my students hate me…
Their papers frustrate me
And I’m going so crazy
No sane person would want to date me.
But I’m here to stay
It takes a lot to break me
And that’s why I say
No matter what it takes me…
Is gonna MAKE me.
How are you surviving the school year so far? Share your own laments or cheer your year in the comments section!