Tire(d) teacher

During pandemic teaching, I inevitably reach a point of no return on Fridays, my brain’s wires short-circuiting after too much usage. Emails have lost their coherent response opportunity, students’ assignments sit to be graded in the Canvas ether, loved one’s texts are neglected until I can re-wire.  

This Friday, however, has left me feeling like a neglected, punctured tire. One reason my depletion is more present than ever is today is the final Friday before students come back into the building.  Endless decisions have been processed, executed, and debated this past week.  Rooms and demeanors are expected to be sparkling and joyful to greet our bright-eyed students Tuesday morning. 

The pressure is on to patch and inflate, to roll with the potholes of the newly resurfaced road ahead.

10 thoughts on “Tire(d) teacher

  1. Oh my goodness, I can’t imagine ‘starting anew’ with a class at the end of the year. I can feel your fatigue. You should have stories to write about next week! 🙂

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  2. Fridays are always tough for me as well. Those conversations and planning are draining and emotional. I love the metaphor you use and can totally feel that. You can do hard things.

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  3. I think a lot of us can relate this year. Hang in there — Spring Break is right around the corner!

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  4. Love the metaphor and just read your title. Such a clever thread throughout your piece from beginning to end. Good luck next week. We probably won’t get it all right, but we won’t get it all wrong either.

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  5. If anyone can patch a tire in a weekend, it’s you. Your kiddos are going to so nervous yet be so excited to see you in the flesh. Enjoy their smiles! Love your metaphor and you! ♥️♥️

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  6. You got this! Don’t forget you have 3 other perfectly pressurized tires to keep you rolling. I absolutely love the title–the perfect hook!

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  7. When I first read the title, I wasn’t sure what it was about. Once I got to the end of your slide, It is a briilant title!! Poinitng out the noun and verb. I love how you compare this Friday to tires. Favorite line:

    “The pressure is on to patch and inflate, to roll with the potholes of the newly resurfaced road ahead.”

    BTW – Amy’s comment made me laugh…you still have 3-tires!

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