Rising from Ashes

Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Apr 19 2008


I’ve been terrible at this and really I shouldn’t be posting now because of mounds of work, but I figure I might as well get things out. Teaching’s certainly had its ups and downs. I have been swamped with work and gotten behind on lots of things. Having a long-distance relationship does not help that. I’ve even had thoughts of quitting and expressed it to many. I knew teaching would be difficult, but I never imagined that my lack of organizational skills would be so critical in this environment. I mean, yeah, it was obvious to me that it would hurt a bit, but I think the deluge of work has really been much more than I’m capable of handling without better organizational skills. In fact, I ended up getting a D in one of my ASU classes, which means I don’t get credit for it and have to retake it. In addition, I’m being required to take a time management class before the fall begins, which I can’t say I disagree with. If it is good, it could severely improve my life. Right now, I spend most days at school until 7 or 8 and my weekends are mostly spent working, too. It’s just more than I can handle in the disorganized way that I do. I’m planning on going and getting a little personal calendar/organizer thing to attempt to get my life back into control. I hope this doesn’t become something so unbearable that I do end up quitting. I don’t like to think of myself as a quitter. I remember my phone interviewer asked me if I had ever quit something in the last two years and couldn’t think of anything. I’d prefer to keep it that way. I just would also like to make sure that I’m not just being a detriment to kids and to others with my unprofessional behavior.

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