I’m still walking, so that’s good. I’m glad that I started doing that for lent…otherwise, I’d probably just be sitting like a bump on a log. This term has been very challenging from a teaching standpoint, and I am thinking that I’m approaching burnout. I’ve been literally doing this job since October 2009 without any time off. With online teaching there are no breaks between terms, few holidays, and Christmas is pretty much the only week we have to not check into classes.
As a full timer, we can’t have more than a day at a time off, the way the requirements are written. Even then, the requirements are such that if you take one of the weekdays off, you’re either going to have to attend a meeting or get grading done so you don’t really get time off. The most I’ve been able to swing has been Saturdays off. I switch off and don’t enter the classroom.
That’s really not enough, and my general attitude is starting to reflect that. It’s at a point in the job where the kudos are few and far between (the basic “if we’re not bothering you, you’re doing a good job”) while the day-to-day frustrations are at an all time high this term.
I don’t know. Maybe I just need to take a nap.