I totally know where you are coming from when you say you feel like you work 20 hours and day and get nothing done. That is certainly the life a good teacher! I am never "finished." When I get one thing done, I move on to a long list of other things to do.
My suggestion on where to begin would be your classroom library. I started really organizing my library about 5 or 6 summers ago, and it completely changed my outlook on my classroom and my teaching. It was something that I was proud of, and it allowed me to run a reading workshop the way it should be run. Of course it is definitely a huge project. However, many teachers in our school have used parents to help out, especially if you are planning to level your books. I did all of the leveling on my own when I first started organizing my library, but I now use parents to look up levels for new books I get from Scholastic book orders or library sales.
My library is at the heart of my reading workshop because it allows my students to easily find "just right" books for individualized daily reading time (IDR). Since I know that they have "just right" books in their book boxes, I can focus my own energy during IDR time on conferring, guided reading, and strategy lessons.
Of course it may be hard to begin the organization of your classroom library in the middle of the school year while students are reading all of the books. Perhaps just organizing certain sections of your library will be the most you get done during the school year, and the summer can be used to really get the library in shape.
If you have not already read my post on classroom library organization, here is a link to it: http://blogs.scholastic.com/teaching_matters/2009/10/classlibrary.html
Now that I have one child of my own at home, life is so much busier! Every year I feel like "next year" will be less work, but I still find myself creating new things every year. I think that we are probably the type of teachers who are always looking to improve what we are doing, and that is a good thing!
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