[This week's guest blogger is Dan Meyer, a 21-yo student teacher from Sacramento who doesn't realize he'll one day consider six hours of sleep to be rather extravagant.]
Approximately eight hours for classes (in which I teach and am taught), four or five hours for prep work and homework, I've got a scant six hours in which to sleep, and I try to scrape an hour out of the remains in which to lift weights at the rec hall. I've never been this busy. I'm hoping that things will reach a steadier state for me because I'm burning out fast.
And it wouldn't be so bad if I didn't feel like such a failure. I had a real bad day on Thursday, wherein the class kinda ran all over the place, all over me, and didn't do their assigned work. At least my supervising teacher happened to be there for his bimonthly review visit. I mean, at least there's that.
When I apply for teaching jobs, when they ask for three adjectives to describe myself, I won't hesitate: incompetent, discouraged, burned-out.