New teacher, I don't know why I am so tired

Discussion in 'General Education' started by kgquick118, Aug 9, 2018.

  1. kgquick118

    kgquick118 Rookie

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2018
    Messages:
    10
    Likes Received:
    0

    Aug 9, 2018

    I am at the end of my first week, and for instance, today was not particularly stressful, the week has not been stressful really, but I come home and fall into a coma and sleep for 4 hours instantly. I think it may be the waking up at 5:30am, or my bimodal sleep pattern, but all the new teachers at my school say they are tired.
     
  2.  
  3. rpan

    rpan Cohort

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2017
    Messages:
    504
    Likes Received:
    387

    Aug 10, 2018 at 4:48 AM

    It’s a matter of getting into a routine. Teaching is difficult mentally and physically and if you aren’t used to it, it’s normal to feel tired. You should feel better once you find your feet and rhythm.
     
    bella84, Backroads and MissScrimmage like this.
  4. MrsC

    MrsC Multitudinous

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2005
    Messages:
    13,510
    Likes Received:
    1,362

    Aug 10, 2018 at 6:55 AM

    Welcome to teaching! The first week of school leaves most of us exhausted.
     
    otterpop, bella84, Caesar753 and 2 others like this.
  5. teacherintexas

    teacherintexas Maven

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2005
    Messages:
    5,167
    Likes Received:
    664

    Aug 10, 2018 at 7:44 AM

    It’s totally normal.
     
  6. gr3teacher

    gr3teacher Phenom

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2013
    Messages:
    4,177
    Likes Received:
    698

    Aug 10, 2018 at 8:00 AM

    And also, every single other new teacher ever.

    Seriously though, it's a high stress position, you're in a new routine, and you're thinking about wanting to do the best for your kids. Even if it isn't physically taxing, it's very mentally and emotionally taxing. I'd like to say it gets easier. It doesn't... but you do get used to it all.
     
    bella84, Caesar753 and ms.irene like this.
  7. MrsC

    MrsC Multitudinous

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2005
    Messages:
    13,510
    Likes Received:
    1,362

    Aug 10, 2018 at 8:23 AM

    [​IMG]
     
  8. SpecialPreskoo

    SpecialPreskoo Moderator

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2002
    Messages:
    4,895
    Likes Received:
    308

    Aug 10, 2018 at 9:31 AM

    23 years of teaching and I still have that first week drain!
     
    readingrules12 and Backroads like this.
  9. Upsadaisy

    Upsadaisy Moderator

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2002
    Messages:
    18,855
    Likes Received:
    619

    Aug 10, 2018 at 9:36 AM

    Yep. You're definitely a teacher. And normal.
     
    readingrules12 and bella84 like this.
  10. Backroads

    Backroads Fanatic

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2010
    Messages:
    2,841
    Likes Received:
    1,273

    Aug 10, 2018 at 10:00 AM

    First week or so, you will be exhausted.
    Last day of school before break... you will sleep all weekend.

    I'd only be concerned if you weren't doing that! ;)
     
    readingrules12 likes this.
  11. rpan

    rpan Cohort

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2017
    Messages:
    504
    Likes Received:
    387

    Aug 10, 2018 at 10:24 AM

    I still get a sore throat at the end of the first week of school every year because I’m not used to all the extra talking and projecting my voice I have to do!
     
  12. Ima Teacher

    Ima Teacher Phenom

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2005
    Messages:
    4,836
    Likes Received:
    450

    Aug 10, 2018 at 10:53 AM

    The first week and the last week are like that. I’m on year 26. It never changes.
     
  13. ms.irene

    ms.irene Groupie

    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2010
    Messages:
    1,436
    Likes Received:
    647

    Aug 10, 2018 at 11:27 AM

    Totally normal. I passed out every day after school for the whole first year, too. I know it's hard to even think about, but try to get some gentle physical exercise in if at all possible -- even a 20 minute walk. It will actually help you feel better. Take good care of yourself, drink lots of water, eat well -- you need all the energy you can get!
     
  14. TrademarkTer

    TrademarkTer Devotee

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2017
    Messages:
    1,092
    Likes Received:
    721

    Aug 10, 2018 at 11:33 AM

    It's rough not sleeping till noon :(
     
  15. socalenglish

    socalenglish Rookie

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2015
    Messages:
    12
    Likes Received:
    6

    Aug 10, 2018 at 1:59 PM

    Agree with everyone!
    A lot of your fatigue comes from doing everything for the first time. It will get easier, but it takes time.
    Best of luck!
    Have fun.
     
  16. CharRMS

    CharRMS Companion

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2016
    Messages:
    110
    Likes Received:
    49

    Aug 10, 2018 at 4:00 PM

    Welcome to teaching! ;):sleeping::sleeping:
     
  17. Aces

    Aces Companion

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2018
    Messages:
    240
    Likes Received:
    82

    Aug 10, 2018 at 5:08 PM

    Yup sounds about right for the first week. It takes time to get used to the exercise. Teaching is a lot like running a marathon. You start training and it takes time to get your body used to it. Once you're running and you get into your stride, it's easy like Sunday morning. And yes others have said - light exercise, eat right drink plenty of fluids. I do yoga and meditation every morning then I go to the gym on Mondays. Because of my leg I like to do a lot of the balancing things. It helps a lot.
     
  18. BioAngel

    BioAngel Science Teacher - Grades 3-6

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2007
    Messages:
    3,629
    Likes Received:
    99

    Aug 11, 2018 at 8:02 AM

    After 10 years of teaching, I still plan to nap a bit during the first 2 weeks as my body adjusts. I'll probably be coaching after school this year (first time) so that might not be happening. Drink lots of water, plan a snack for after school (apple, cheese - something with protein), and make sure you are taking a multi-vitamin (I might even suggest a Vitamin B complex pill too).
     
    mrsf70 likes this.
  19. ssgirl11

    ssgirl11 Companion

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2018
    Messages:
    105
    Likes Received:
    48

    Aug 11, 2018 at 8:06 AM

    It's going to be upsetting waking up at 5:30, rather than 9. There's no such tired as teacher tired.
     
  20. Aces

    Aces Companion

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2018
    Messages:
    240
    Likes Received:
    82

    Aug 11, 2018 at 8:10 AM

    ....5.30? *nervous laughter* I'll be at work at 5.30 at least for a month
     
  21. ssgirl11

    ssgirl11 Companion

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2018
    Messages:
    105
    Likes Received:
    48

    Aug 11, 2018 at 8:16 AM

    TERRIFYING. I am not even exaggerating when I say that I physically cannot get up any earlier than 5:30. :rofl:
     

Share This Page

test