too much admin

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The paper waves are slowly closing over

A gaping mouth that gasps for air

But only manages a desperate breath

That sucks in numbers mixed with emails for

The heads of house and senior ones

Who seem to have it all together

At all times they steer a ship

Successfully through OFSTED watch

And other things that surely kill

The drowning ones like you and me.

Bloody hell, the paperwork and the planning that goes alongside teaching is somewhat scary. It comes in waves and I sometimes find myself wondering why I have nothing to do and then the next day I am so snowed under, I don’t know where to start.

It doesn’t help when twenty out of thirty members of a class decide that completing their homework is something they can do if they feel like it. It feels like rounding up sheep while also juggling with my feet as I stand on my head.

I will not let this beat me, but I feel like I am going to run out of air very, VERY soon. Anyone else feel like this? Because it doesn’t help when everyone around me is experienced and has this all under control!

Much Love

Rachel xx

2 thoughts on “too much admin

  1. Margot Kinberg

    Paperwork and administration are such time-eaters, aren’t they, Rachel? Assessment and planning are important parts of teaching, but at the same time, the paperwork can get completely overwhelming. Every teacher finds a way to balance it out, but it’s not easy. For what it’s worth, I’ve found that doing it a little at a time makes it less daunting.

  2. clcouch123

    Oh, I’m sure the admin. folk are treading water, too. But you’re the one who matters, since you’re dealing directly and the most significantly with the learners. I’m sorry so many see the work as optional. Since I taught college (university, so to say), I avoided much of that. The work as optional, I mean. The paperwork–well, you probably still have more than I had. I think your poem speaks well to your situation and your peers’. I guess I’m thinking that many, if not most, of everyone in the discipline are there.

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