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I'm Not That Super Teacher: When Teaching Takes Its Toll!

My eyes are burning.

My blood pressure is high for the first time in 53 years.

My doctor swears that I have mild arthritis in my knees.


"Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound"


Nope, not me, I'm not that Super Teacher. 

I think it's all getting to me.

No, I am not quitting. Withstanding all the crap stuff that comes with the job, I still love teaching.

But, I wonder...

Do my eyes burn from all the paperwork I have to fill out? The research I do in order to make sure I am complying with Common Core?  Lesson plans? Grading endless papers? Compiling and studying data? And of course, Twitter chats, this blog, and all the articles I read regarding education? (Okay, this one is my fault)

Is my blood pressure high from trying to keep up with the demands that have been placed on me by the principal, the district, the state, the federal government? Dealing with children with an unwarranted sense of entitlement? Having to keep a tight leash on a class that could explode if I didn't snuff out the little things day after day? Parents who don't seem to think that they have a role in the education of their children? (Not all of them, but every year, the percentage of non supportive caretakers increases)My archenemy, Standardized Testing?(Which holds me hostage, accountable)

Is the arthritis from standing most of the day? (Can you get arthritis from standing most of the day?) Standing so that I can roam my room, and make sure everyone is engaged. Standing so that I don't become one of those teachers glued to the desk or my computer. Standing so that I can teach and learn with my students, and not at them.

I'm not that Super Teacher. 

I'm way slower than a speeding bullet

My strength is nowhere near comparable to a locomotive

And able to leap tall buildings, much less in a single bound? Ha!


These things that have become an integral part of who I am as an educator, may be taking a toll on my body. My hubby laughingly says I am falling apart.

Here's to hoping it's just old age, and not signs that I may have to give up what I love!:(

 Originally posted on "Diary of a Public School Teacher"

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Comment by Dorothy Hastings on February 3, 2013 at 5:13pm

Hey Lori, you are Great teacher! The only thing required is make appropriate schedule, plan time, and have thoughtful implementation.  It’s time to look up your classroom role and responsibility.  Hope will have great hearing from you. Best of Luck!

Comment by Lisa Mims on January 31, 2013 at 11:12pm
Thank you Lori, that is so true!:)
Comment by Lori Ann Gibson on January 31, 2013 at 6:18pm

I notice you mention nothing about your heart, which much truly be in great shape.  After all we exercise it the most in the teaching profession! Keep going because our students need great, dedicated teacher just like you are!

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