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Sep 20 2011

Should I be happy?

So I’ve been thinking a lot today about the fact that, even though things are going better with my grade level and subject change, I’m still not happy. Should I be happy? Is that a reasonable expectation? I hate coming home to work and having a one day weekend. I spend Sunday working and I spend at least two hours a night working and/or stressing about work. Will it get easier? Will I start to enjoy this? I hope so. I really don’t want to spend two years as an unhappy person. But at the same time I don’t know what I’d be doing if I weren’t doing this. Second years, when did you become happy? Did you ever become happy? Are you happy now?

2 Responses

  1. G

    I became happy after winter break last year. I decided that my lesson plans and work for the following week would be done on Thursday and Friday, no matter how long it took. Saturday and Sunday were no-work days (and still are). When I started having a life outside of school, things began to look up. I also became much happier when I finally learned to collaborate with other teachers and stopped reinventing the wheel, ie – using others’ lesson plans/worksheets/ideas and throwing in some of my own for others to use. It WILL get easier….I promise!

  2. Andrew

    Yes, you should be happy. That’s what it’s all about (speaking generally here).

    I saw you on Gary’s web-show-thingee. I’d love to hear how you’re doing.

    If you need to spend time to be prepared, and that makes you feel better, so be it, but you need not to stress about things. You should find something to help yourself not think about the next day for a while.


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