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Old 02-24-2020, 10:08 AM
 
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I'm not really looking for advice exactly, but just really really need to vent.

I taught 2nd grade for 7 years. This year I was moved to first grade. Overall I am liking this grade level but....

I am SOOOOOO exhausted!!! All the time. My first graders are a particularly rough bunch - not behavior wise as my class is very sweet. but they have a ton of problems - ADHD, OT, emotionally "young", very very needy bunch. It's a good day if less than 5 kids are crying in any given day. They are also very chatty, and LOUD. Like...some kids make loud noises, break out in random song, talk to each other, etc.

I only have 19 kids, which is a fairly small class, but honestly it feels like I have more than 30. Just getting them ready for recess and out the door with all their snow pants, hats, gloves, boots, etc feels like I ran a marathon.

I'm just venting because I'm exhausted every single day. It's nothing like when I taught second grade. Last year in second grade I had some very severe behavior problems (violent, argumentative, etc) and it was NOTHING like this. My students don't even necessarily misbehave all that much either. They are just very needy.

Edit: I wanted to add that this year I ended up catching Pneumonia, which I was extremely tired before that and now I feel even worse since.



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((HUGS)) I'm retired now, but taught 1st all but 2 years of my career. Nobody understands the boots, mittens, snowpant etc. routine... I always felt I lost a good 30 minutes of instructional time once winter weather arrived and always prayed for an early spring.

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I am on 1st for the first time in my career at age 60. I totally get the neediness, coming from 3rd or 4th, it is unrelenting.

I only have 11 and don't have to deal with snow gear (it's hard enough to get 11 sunhats on 11 little heads for recess) but I am still exhausted. Also not at my physical best yet which doesn't help much.

We'll get there.
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For me, recovering from pneumonia might be a huge contributing factor as well. I have almost no energy. Right now my kids are at science specialists and I feel like crying because all I have to do is get them ready to go home when they return, but that's sooooooo much work that I just want to cry. I don't have the energy to deal with it. I'm taking a personal day Wednesday becaue I bought a new mattress and I have to be there when they deliver (I'm taking the whole day because I won't know what time they are coming til Tuesday night!). I really hope they come super early and then I can get into my new bed and just take a nap the rest of the afternoon!
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There's no doubt about it. First graders are far more needy and less self-reliant than second graders. In my district, 2nd grade positions are a hot find since the kids can do so much more, but haven't reached the state testing grade 3 yet.

It sounds like you may have returned to school too soon after your bout with pneumonia. Your low energy combined with a new grade level (always more work the first year) have knocked you down. Take some more days off when you can and take care of yourself.


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I feel for you!

Taught first grade for 24 of 25 years. The one year in gr2 was a dream but I loved firsties and asked to go back (no snow pants here though).

Maybe you came back too soon from pneumonia? I came back too soon after knee replacements and again after radiation.

Any chance you can ask for parent volunteers to help at end of day in the winter? Can snow pants be carried home? Can you get kids to help each other? Can you teach the whole class how to put on their pants, you know like procedures at beg of year? Parents should be doing this at home!!

Spring is coming💕
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What about getting a few 5th grade leaders to help? Here we have safety patrol, but Iím sure the 5th grade teachers have 3-5 reliable students they can send down at the end of the day to help put on snow pants, etc.

The older kids love to help and it would cut some time off and take a huge load off of you.
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Sounds tough. I hope your personal day helps a lot.

And what about seeing your doctor for a checkup? You don't seem to be springing back as expected. Maybe something is off.
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Maybe you came back too soon from pneumonia? I came back too soon after knee replacements and again after radiation.
I'm sure I did come back too soon - I took 6 full days plus 2 half days to recover. But it's so hard to be gone from my first graders for that long. The longer they were with a sub, the harder it was going to be when I returned.
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