I'm feeling slightly overwhelmed by my workload at the moment. I have a large number of classes that I have to keep an eye on and my eye is getting a little dry and tired at the moment.
I have 3 year 7 classes, 4 year 8s, a year 9 and then 4 Senior school classes mixed over a timetable of 2 places. I have this large number due to the fact that the juniors (year 7 & 8) only have one period of theory/classroom a week and one period of practical a week (band class). In amongst this I run the school choir.
Now I am not complaining about the variety. I love variety - it keeps me versatile.
I'm not complaining about the amount of work it brings in - again the versatility of the curriculum is a joy.
I'm complaining about the lack of time I seem to have to enjoy what I do. I feel as if I am only going through the motions. There are days when I don't have the energy to get things done completely.
Once I am in the classroom I am on fire - well almost all the time. There are times when I am rather brusque with the kids but, meh! Getting to the classroom involves ensuring I have completed all the correction (going in early to get that done today!) and have all my resources at hand.
If you throw in the fact that I have just about finished with my student teacher, who takes time even when discussing issues and not her teaching, then time is scarce. I sit each day trying to socialise with people, and I do so effectively, but all the while I am thinking of the next lot of things that I have to complete before I go and teach or hit the classroom.......oh well!
Off to be a domestic goddess and then attack a pile of correction at work.