Teaching is hard work.
People who haven’t taught probably don’t believe me, but it’s true.
It’s just a different kind of tired.
Not like being a coal miner tired. Or dentist tired (actually, being a dentist is just creepy… sticking your hands in people’s mouths all day… the horror). Or even road construction stop sign holder in 127 degree weather tired.
But it’s hard work.
This is especially true during the beginning of school.
It’s because they’re not in teaching shape.
Their voices are gone, their legs are tired, and they have blisters from grading papers.
It is harder than it looks to stand up in front of crazy-eyed jumpy children and teach Chapter 1.
You can’t take 3 months off in the summer and expect to be on top of your game the very first week.
But in time it comes back.
The teacher voice returns.
Their legs get stronger.
The blisters heal.
Then they are ready for the year ahead.
While the first week can be exhausting, it’s worth it.
And it certainly beats working for a living.