Well I am recovering from my first week as a Special Education teacher. I am working in a private school in the Bronx. I remember student teaching was tiring but the real deal is even more tiring.
Here is my thesis-as I have worked many jobs including steel work, factory work and packing–about why teaching is so tiring. The reasons are the following:
a) You are always moving from 8:00 to 5:00 (in my case) with only 1/2 hour for lunch. No time to surf the web, water cooler chat, or stop and rest.
b) Intellectually, your brain is always on. If you are not teaching/talking, you are answering on-the-fly questions from students. It is never ending, which is a good thing, but it just tires you out.
After I get home, I sleep for 2 hours just to recoup. And then I can’t wait for the next day. I hope to always be this hopeful…