I am just exhausted. I think that it is both mentally and physically. Today was one of those days when I wanted to set down my teacher certificate, and walk away from the profession. I love my students. All of them. They are all amazing young people. The problem I see is that education is more and more becoming devalued. I know kids that don't see the importance of being able to do math. "I can just use a calculator!". True. But not always, and don't you want to know HOW to do it? I was glancing at an article that was talking about how technology has influenced kids. Reading, which is a major part of logical reasoning and creativity, is being replaced with video games and other devices. Kids are so used to splitting their attention between two things, that they are losing the ability to process and retain. It was an interesting article. Actually, I think I will link to it so you can read it your self. Go HERE. I found it quite eye-opening. I know that this feeling of failure will pass. I HAVE to keep going. Not only is my job, but I truly want for the kids in my class to be somebody. To have skills! To be successful! And dang it, they will!
I do have to mention one bright spot in the day. Writing workshop was fun today. Mrs. E, (from the book tour I hosted), was with us today. We did a quick write today and then looked at other students samples of work. The kids really got into revising (or at least making suggestions that the author of the papers could have used TO revise.)
I really like it very much. My wife has her BUNKO club tonight so I better sign off and get busy helping with dinner and kids.