students students students: the moon is howling

November 27, 2008 at 6:19 am
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Moon howling tired.

There are nights when only the moon is howling and the wolves are silent. ~ George Carlin (image by oceandesetoiles on flickr, click to view source)

There are night when only the moon is howling and the wolves are silent. ~ George Carlin (image by oceandesetoiles on flickr, click to view source)

At school last night until 5:30, working with students, correcting, planning. Woke at 4:30 to finish correcting history review assignments before class today. Will probably be at work until 5:30 or later again today.

I crave my weekends so I can sleep in and not feel like I need to pack every single second of my spare time with planning and correcting. The time usually allocated to that during the day is spent with students. Yesterday I had 45 minutes in which to do some planning during the day. I spent 35 of it talking with a student, sorting out an issue, during which time I was called the rudest, most disrespectful teacher ever. And was told that she wants to quit school because of me. Nice.

At the end of the day I read a piece of poetry by another student that brought tears to my eyes. Her younger brother is dying. It was a love poem for him.

For the first time ever my weakest student stayed after school and admitted she needs help with her work.

A new student started this week, she confided something personal and scary to me.

It’s so easy to feel tired when holding all of these stories.

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  1. Elona Hartjes

    on November 29, 2008 at 7:55 am

    Tracy,
    It’s the emotional support that some of our students need that is so draining.

    Elona Hartjess last blog post at [site]..Students project their emotional stress onto teachers and the outcome is not condusive to learning.

  2. Tracy

    on November 29, 2008 at 9:01 am

    It sure can be, Elona. I’m reminded of a post from the beginning of October:
    http://leadingfromtheheart.org/2008/10/10/24-hours-in-the-life-of-meoh-and-blogher-08/