I spend nearly every hour concerned with my students.
I spend over 6 hours with them during school, every day of the week.
I stay after school helping them with assignments and letting them catch up.
I spend hours grading.
I spend hours and hours planning units, weeks, lesson plans, and activities.
I am so anxious about how lessons will go, I even wake up dreaming I'm in the middle of teaching a class that is not going well at all.
These kids are my life.
I pour all of my time and energy into trying to help them learn.
If I see blank faces, I call on students to pull their attention back in.
I come home from work exhausted, starving, and sore in my feet and shoulders from standing and teaching all day.
What more can I do?
What more can I do when I put so much time, sweat, stress, and thought into these lessons? And what can I do when I pour every bit of energy I can muster off 6 hours of sleep into teaching?
What more can I do to satisfy the student who told me today how "monotone, boring, and repetitive" I am?
I guess I just have to consider the student who likes me enough to keep trying to message me on Facebook. And who asks me to be in pictures like this: