One of Those Weeks

By Stacey Burt on February 18, 2010

Sometimes being a teacher can be overwhelming. Day to day tasks and the responsibility can be intense. Add to that the duties of family and community and some weeks can definitely be more taxing than others. For me, this is one of those weeks.

As the date for state testing approaches I feel the pressure. From all directions, the urgency to have my students show gains, complete every day tasks, and be a good mother and wife are weighing on me. So this week my question to you is, “how do you do it?” How do you meet the needs of your students, administrators, and family this time of year?

I know we all have moments when we feel like we’re in a pressure cooker, so how do you cope? I can’t wait to hear your responses and gain some insight from others that might be experiencing the same feelings I am.

Thanks for your input- Stacey


I have felt the pressure, also! I began writing the most recent entry at 11:40 last night. Tuesday evening, I was at school until 8:00 because I held a read-a-thon followed by the St. Augustine informational meeting. Yesterday, I went home and was simply exhausted. Yesterday and today were WONDERFUL days with the kids, though we have data meetings next week as well as math observations, so I am feeling the pressure. Of course, I continue to hear a lot about FCAT in a month. All in all, though, I think I am keeping my head above water! We're never alone when we're having "one of those weeks". - Victoria


I think it comes down to timing. It is definitely the part of the academic year where the heat is turned up from all directions. I just keep trying to focus on the students and let the other "stuff" go a bit. Thanks for reminding me I'm not alone.



Hi Stacy!

I completely agree! This has been a bear of a week, and we're all feeling the sense of urgency creep up on us, even more now that testing is right around the corner. Some of the best solutions that I have found are friends and family. It's so nice to be out and enjoy everyday things without thinking about data, assessments, or budget cuts. I, too, and excited to hear about what others will post.

Hang in there, you're not the only one feeling the pinch!


Thanks for the encouraging words Eric. Decompression time with family and friends is always best. Thanks for the post!



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