Teaching is what I have done for a very, very long time. There is a part of teaching I am passionate about. I love creating and delivering possibilities to kids. I enjoy watching them take those possibilities and molding them into their own creations. The process is always different as the classes and children are always different. This keeps things continually fresh for me and I like fresh.
I do not like the mundane parts of teaching. I often put them off because they are not what I am passionate about. Do you know what I am talking about? Filing, reports, cleaning, organizing, report cards, and forms are not my cup of tea. I love to document and record. I even love to assess but what I do with the mess when I am through with it, is a problem. I pile most of it on top of a portable file I can tote between school and home. Eventually, when conference time is approaching, I get the paperwork into the files so I appear organized.
Report cards must be complete in two weeks. Then conferences begin. I have stopped my routine to assess each student individually. The kids continue to work and learn but without me coaching them. The pile of paperwork grows larger. I feel overwhelmed right now. Where to start? File first…clean later…begin report cards?
Meanwhile, there are rough drafts of non-fiction books to read. There are new stories to pull from the bookroom. There is a new unit of math to begin. There is a social studies unit to continue. There are author notebooks to peruse. I am thinking about a year end science unit and how I will deliver it this year. Yes I love coaching and guiding students through a myriad of possibilities and no I don’t like feeling overwhelmed with those mundane day to day chores. So here I am writing about them…still putting them off.