“I have to plan the next unit.”
“What am I going to teach tomorrow? And how am I going to teach it?”
“But I have to grade these papers!”
Planning, instruction, and grading–if you’re like me, these three elements of teaching huddle up and, like specters, follow you around all year long. Each takes its turn whispering in your ear, especially grading.
It seems that right when you get one settled, one of the others crops up, jolting you with guilt, anxiety, or both. It seems never-ending.