I’ve found that one of the hardest things for me this year is balancing my personal life with my work life. To be completely honest I have spent the bast 4 years so focused on school and getting through college and working, that I don’t have much of a social life. Most of my friends from college moved to other states after college, so I don’t have a lot of people to go out with on the weekends. Because of this, I tend to focus on work.
I stay late on week days to prep for the next day and to keep my head above water when it comes to grading. I spend my weekends grading or lesson planning. My life pretty much revolves around school. On Friday, my mentor teacher from last year (I was lucky enough to be hired at the school I student taught at) came in after school and told me that I needed to leave by 4 and that I should leave all my work at school. I tried to argue with him, but he insisted that it would all still be here on Monday.
I know it will still be there on Monday. That’s why I don’t want to leave it, but at the same time I know I need a break from school and grading. I need to focus on me a little so I don’t go insane, but it’s hard. I feel like by putting it off I’m slacking and letting my students down.