Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Grouchy Teacher Blues

Just popping in to say I'm still here...

I got a little annoyed today when I overheard a couple of my not so stellar students complaining about "all the work she makes us do."
I really wanted to say, "Multiply the work you're doing by 40...and then you talk about how tired you are."

I think some students think teachers assign work because we like to cause them great pain and suffering...
I also think some students sign up for summer school because they think it's going to be 4 weeks worth of work instead of 17 weeks worth of work...when really and truly summer school is 17 weeks worth of work slammed into 4 weeks.  
I love that they think we can just throw assignments out if we feel like it.
If only I had such power.

We are definitely at that point of the summer semester (more than 1/2 way in) where the load is bending us all.     None of us is getting much sleep.
All of us are tired of seeing each other every. single. day. for 2 1/2 hours then going home and working 12 more hours on classwork/grading.
They're tired of my jokes and stories, and I'm tired of their whining.
They're tired of my nagging, and I'm tired of explaining the same simple things over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again.

We will get there though...sooner rather than later.  This time next week, we'll essentially be done...
They will anyway....I'll still be grading till Christmas.
Those scantron teachers best not come near me for a while.


  1. You poor thing! I feel for you.

  2. Oh, my! I can hear and feel the exhaustion in this post. I am on summer break from school but will be gearing up for full time work and full time school come Fall.

    Take care of yourself!

  3. Hang in there, my friend. This too, shall pass.

  4. It's always the not-very-good ones who complain. A lecturer friend of mine was telling me about a lecture he gave that he was quite pleased with. But as he was heading out the door he overheard one student say to another '...I was staring out of the window and all I could hear was his voice droning on going blah blah blah...' At the time I think he was ready to throttle her, but when he told me about it we had a good laugh. See, this will all be very funny when you've had some quality sleep. :) Hugs in the meantime.

  5. I would have been annoyed too! It's not like they are the ones doing all of the work!