I haven’t written much about this, but for the past 5 weeks I’ve been working at least 70 hours per week.
I have two tutoring programs going on at the same time and I’m staying after school every day until at least 5:00.
Before anyone says something like: “Oh, 5:00?! Boo hoo, you poor teacher – the rest of us have to stay at work until 6:00 or 7:00!” let me just add that this is only the time I’m actually in school. When I get home, I still have emails to return, papers to grade, lessons to plan, etc.
My work is wonderful, and I feel a true passion for teaching. I love working with kids, I love talking about social studies all day, I love giving advice, I love being a role model, I love, love, LOVE what I do.
But rewarding work is also stressful, emotionally draining, and physically exhausting. I’m not ok with the prospect of having to work a million tutoring programs for weeks on end (on top of all the regular work I have to do) for the rest of my career. This is seriously impacting my final decision in my existential crisis.
BTW – I’ll be weighing in with my final thoughts on my crisis (which is rapidly subsiding into a minor case of the “I don’t knows”) on Thursday, so stay tuned!
That was pretty much the point of this post, but putting it into writing provided a surprising amount of clarity.
Are you feeling fed up recently? Please, tell!