I’m beating myself up over not being a good enough teacher!
I don’t get my grading done quickly enough! I’m not challenging the kids enough! I’m not teaching the right things rigorously enough! I’m not e-mailing parents enough! I’m asking too much of the kids! I’m expecting too much without enough reinforcement! I’m a giant time-wasting asshole who shouldn’t be allowed in the classroom!
But also the kids aren’t smart enough! The parents aren’t supportive enough! I’m not paid enough! I don’t have enough time! I never wanted to be a teacher, anyway! Everything sucks forever augggggghhhhhh!!!
How do you get out of the negativity spiral? How do you find balance and still feel like you are doing a good job?