It becomes difficult to take myself seriously as a professional when I do not fully believe that I am teaching my students anything lasting or worthwhile.
It becomes nearly impossible to generate enthusiasm in my students when I have lost my own.
I am beaten every day by the volume of new expectations shoved upon me by people who have not set foot in a classroom since they were students themselves.
I exhaust myself in my search for new strategies, new resources, new methodologies, only to be told that I am not going to be allowed to use them because THEY'RE NOT ON THE TEST.
I am saddened by the knowledge that my students will graduate from high school knowing ... how to graduate from high school; I fail them every day that I sacrifice their minds to the testing gods just so I can keep my job.
I am already questioning whether or not I will teach next year, either at this school or at any other.
Today is the third day of school.