As of Wednesday, I have officially been teaching for TEN years! But this has been the hardest year for me. I know that I haven't posted in a LONG time....I have not been able to get my school (or personal life, for that matter) to keep from spinning out of control. I feel like I have been skating on thin ice.
A few months ago, I posted about the new evaluation system that my county has implemented. Oh. My. Goodness. I am supposed to have three formal evaluations completed this year. My first one back in the fall lasted for two hours!!! It was one of the most stressful things I have ever been through professionally. I am sure the next one will be soon, and I am feeling such anxiety.
Sometimes I feel that in an attempt to keep educators "honest" in their teaching and the need to hold people accountable is going to make teachers burn out. I truly believe that is one of the reasons that it has been so long since I last posted. I have been too overwhelmed.
I have also had a hard time in my personal life. My Granddaddy was diagnosed with prostate cancer a few years ago. He began a steady decline this past fall, and on November 17, he lost his battle. My mom, Aunt, and I were with him when he very peacefully passed. He was 94 and just an amazing person. He was my last living grandparent, and it has just been very hard on me. I think of and miss him daily. I know that he is in a better place, and that does give me a lot of comfort.
It is a new year. I want (read NEED) a fresh start.
Thank you for hanging with me through this post. I had forgotten how therapeutic blogging can be!