There were so many wonderful responses to my previous reader response question that I'm throwing another one at you: What's the toughest thing about teaching, and how do you deal with it? Feel free to remain anonymous if that helps. My hope for this community-created post is that
- it helps fellow readers see that they are not alone, and
- it helps us all learn a thing or two about productively and proactively dealing with the difficulties this work can present us with.
I'll chime in with my answer in a day or so, but I'd rather not give it now so as not to skew the conversation. If you want to stay updated on the comments that come in, I think there is an option once you submit your own comment to subscribe to this particular string of comments. If you're using an email client like Gmail, all of the comment emails that come through to your inbox should remain in a single “conversation” — that ought to help with the inbox clutter.
Okay, that's it — fire away! What is the toughest thing about teaching, and how do you deal with it? For my administrative or instructional coach readers, I hope the list we create gives you insight as well.