Teacher Tip #1

This is for all the newbies:

You will never be caught up.

Never. Not even at the end of the year.

Sometimes the grading will not get done–just don’t put it in the gradebook. Problem solved.

Sometimes the chairs will not be stacked for the weekend–let it go this weekend.

Sometimes you will have five meetings, five mornings in a row. Embrace it for what it is, and rejoice when you have a week with no meetings.

Sometimes a “perfect” lesson will be a complete disaster. Plans will be shifted. Plans will need to change. It happens.

Sometimes you will lose papers. Schools have copy machines–you can get another copy.

I say this in all seriousness, you will never be fully caught up.

Even at the end of the year you will have leftover papers, lessons, and a classroom with a couple of boxes–a couple of boxes that you just threw random items into just so you can check-out for the summer. It’s okay.

You can only do your best; you will learn to recognize what has to be done, and what can wait.

Any time you feel bad about not being caught up, or being “on top of it”, brush that feeling aside. You will never be fully caught up, just do what you can and move on. It’s gonna be okay.

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