Loving My Job; Hating My Work Personal by Joel Wagner - January 18, 2008July 2, 20108 Share on Facebook Share 0 Share on TwitterTweet 0 Share on Pinterest Share 0 Share on LinkedIn Share 0 Total Shares Even if you ignore the majority of this article, check out the last sentence. I am absolutely loving school since coming back from Christmas Break. Even so, I am beginning to get burned out. If you want to know why, go read this. He’s still not back yet and it’s all but certain that he will not be coming back next week either. Still no clue when I can expect him.I wrote an email to my principal today, some edited excerpts follow: I love teaching and I love rehearsing the bands, but I am very tired. The students suffer as a result. More than anything else, that is what breaks my heart about the whole situation. It’s not that I can’t handle the workload or that I am incapable of working with the students or anything. They all are responding very well to me and I’m having more fun now than I have ever had teaching. Though I don’t necessarily want to do it, I constantly find myself contemplating moving to another school district for next school year… I’m not threatening to leave or anything, I am just looking for thoughts. Christmas break helped a lot. The upcoming three day weekend will help me, but I am open to any suggestions you might have for me! He wrote me back telling me that he would try to get what help he could for me. I throw it out to you as well. What are some things I can change that will help me feel better? I realize that I could take a day off now and then, but we have all region auditions quickly approaching and we also need to focus on getting the bands sweepstakes at our UIL Concert & Sight Reading Contest in April. As I said, I absolutely love my job. It’s not like I am up there and just dreading teaching the classes. I dread the paperwork that goes along with everything else involved. While I am naturally an administrative-oriented person, the details are driving me crazy right about now. I want to just turn everything off, teach my classes, write my blog, and hang out with friends. In other news, Dangerously Irrelevant has posted the Education Blogosphere Survey. I filled it out, have you? 10 Years of Teaching: How Do I Keep My Sanity?07-08: What Worked Well65 Things You Should Do Right Now To Avoid Teacher BurnoutJoel WagnerJoel Wagner (@sywtt) began teaching band in 2002. Though he had a lot of information, his classes were out of control. He found himself tired, frustrated, disrespected by students, lonely, and on the brink of quitting. See also Change of Pace -- Have You Ever.... He had had enough. He resigned from his school district right before spring break of his second year and made it his personal mission to learn to be a great teacher. So You Want To Teach? is the ongoing story of that quest for educational excellence.