How much is too much

As teachers we are already a wee bit crazy.
We spend a good chunk of our time, energy, and money on the children in our class each year.
We spend countless hours organising wonderful lessons so that the children we teach will all be motivated, excited, and interested in what we have to say.
We buy our own professional development materials, and complete these readings, workshops, and conferences in our own time.

And most of it goes thankless.

When does enough become enough?  When do you move from feeling like it will make a difference, to just pushing the proverbial up the hill?

This week was book week at my school.  I spent countless hours organising people to come in and read to our kids, creating competitions for classes to do, and planning activities for classes to work through this week.  And no one did anything.  It was a huge waste of my time and energy.  How much effort is too much?  When all this preparation and planning was for the kids, and motivating them to read and write, when do you just pack it all in?


4 comments

  1. I am so sorry to hear this. And I bet they were all brilliant and engaging activities too. I hope you have someone who you can vent with face to face - ugh, the disappointment and frustration must be so crushing. So now you have done your bit; you did the right thing by the kids, and I imagine that you are not the type of person who could have let book week go by without doing something for the kiddos. I am an Occupational Therapist (now homeschooling Mum) who worked in healthcare for 20 years, and I saw this type of thing occur time and again; I think it is probably very common in human service industries. You did the right thing by your own work ethic and morals and by the kiddos - these are what matter most. Bravo! Next time, it is someone else's turn. Look after yourself. xo thursdaytook@hotmail.com

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  2. I'm so upset this happened to you. Everything you set up sounds totally awesome. Did the kids enjoy it? I know just having a (ONE) guest speaker would have floored my class. Let alone several in a week. I appreciate your efforts!

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  3. I'm sorry that this happend to you Erin! :( I fee like that's a teachers worst case scenario...At least you know that you put your all into it and that you did the right thing :)

    Suzanna
    Surprisingly Seventh

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  4. :( I'm sorry sweetpea. Unfortunately, I think this happens more than people realize. It sucks when you want to do something for the good of the whole and people could care less. I know...I've been there. That is excatly why I love the bloggy community so much. I might not be getting the results I want from the people I work in the same building with, but you better believe I feel better after chit-chatting with other like minded individuals around the world. I always say I'm going to step back and let somebody else pick up the slack, but I never end up doing that. I can't sit back and watch things go to rubbish. Hang in there....you're definitely not alone!
    Alison
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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