How can I tap into my confidence again after a particularly difficult year, sapped of my well of energy.
A class of students grouped together based on last year's standardized testing included several challenging and confrontational students who took it upon themselves to provide as many disruptions as possible. I have taught almost 15 years and have taken pleasure in being able to 'read' students fairly well. This year, my father fell ill several times, and I struggled to find the energy to teach. Most of the year has been spent building up student confidence, on behavior management and putting out those constant little fires each day. We haven't accomplished nearly as much as I have with my students in the past. I am feeling burned out, and disappointed in myself. How do I get my own confidence back?
- English Language Arts