Post # 1
I’m a teacher, and today is our first “official” day back (I’ve been in my classroom for the past 2 weeks setting up). I have gotten entirely too used to my summer life of sleeping in, wearing t-shirts and flip flops everyday, and seeing the boy pretty much whenever I want. Granted, summer is the boy’s busiest time – being a youth director for the church means he has 3 different week long trips to go on, plus game days and other events pretty much everyday of the summer – but I’m a volunteer leader so we got to spend most of that time together too.
Now it’s back to a life of getting up before the sun, spending my entire day only seeing the inside of my school, and going to bed by 10 (really 9:30 would be preferable haha). It’s sad. I literally have an alarm on my watch that goes off at 9:00 to signal “curfew” and send the boy home. Now last year when he was a teacher that wasn’t too hard. He had to be up super early too so neither of us minded the curfew. But now that he works more 9:00-5:00, I think this is going to be much more difficult for us. Plus, his new job means he has more stuff going on at night (small groups, kid’s games to go watch, etc…) so we will be seeing a lot less of each other at night anyway. Like i said, I’ve gotten WAY too used to seeing him everyday for hours at a time.
Teachers – (or anybody) – what’s hardest about your job when it comes to your relationship?
Post # 3
Oh I hear ya! I too struggle with the early nights. Most week nights I feel like I hardly see my fella cos I get home, we have dinner, he goes off to the mancave and plays games and I sit on weddingbee. LOL
He works Saturdays and is late home 2 nights a week cos of work/uni so I feel like I never see him! That doesn’t include any late nights back I have cos of meetings, info nights/family nights etc. I’ve convinced him to quit working Saturdays next year so we can have weekends together so that’s good. Teaching is such a demanding job so even when I am home I’m often doing things for school or needing to debrief about my day or whatever! Although on the plus side the fella will be teaching too so we’ll always get 12 weeks a year off together… which is a pretty MASSIVE plus!
Post # 4
Yeah I’m a teacher as well, and I think the hardest bit,is that as teachers we invest a lot into our students and I find myself wanting to talk about them too often!!! The sleeping thing is hard too, becuase even thought I live with my SO, I have to be in bed early to be able to function the next day, but he works only 5 mins from our place and gets to sleep in, so he can go to bed late 🙁
Post # 5
I’m a teacher bee too! Being in NZ, we don’t have the same issues at the moment as we are right in the middle of our third school term (we have four terms a year, separated by two week holidays and a six week holiday at Christmas which is our summer). I’m teaching at a very challenging school this year and I find I often come home still a little irked about things that happened that day. Yesterday it was a Year 10 (Eighth/Ninth grade?) hitting on me when I visited another teacher’s class. The SO and I often have a twenty-minute vent space when he gets home (later than I do) and then we try and move on and enjoy our evening.
Holidays can be hard because he isn’t home with me but I feel like I have the energy to be a much better girlfriend then! Gah, time to hop off the bee and head to school now!
Post # 6
Oh I love my summer schedule! I only have to be on campus 2 days a week and I don’t even have to be there until 1 PM. I also teach an online course but I can do that from home. I don’t have to teach in the summer but it means an additional 12 K so I think I would be crazy not to. Our fall semester stats August 23rd and then it’s back to teaching 5 days a week, getting up before dawn, etc. The part of my job I hate the most? Grading! Luckily I have several lab assistants and they can grade things like multiple-choice exams and pre-screen lab reports and research papers for me. My husband is quickly learning that the end of the semester is always a frantic, stressful time for me. I do not cook, clean or socialize the last week. Heck, I even got one of my lab assistants coming to my house to help me clean! LOL
Post # 7
I’ve been in school for 2 weeks now, so I’m back on schedule. He doesn’t like me going to bed early, but I have to deal with kids all day. I’m not going to an office and sitting in an office, not having to talk if I don’t want to. I HAVE to talk or else my job isn’t done.
I miss the summer already!
Post # 8
I am a teacher, too! We started back on Wednesday. I still am not fully adjusted. I got a horrible night’s sleep last night, and Meet the Teacher was tonight. Besides that, I found out that I’ve been rocking a 100 degree fever all day long (which is high for me–I’m usually about 96-97). Wahoo!
I agree, the sleep schedule and the amount of extra time. I hate it when I hear people say, “You are so lucky to get the summers off!”. I wish you could see what I do during the other three seasons! Plus, there are lots of times that I would love to call in sick, but I just can’t. It’s right on that border line.
Overall though, I really do love what I do! It’s very rewarding. My SO loves kids as well, so he is very supportive of my career, which helps tremendously!
Post # 9
I teach for what it seems all year long. I have taught summer school the past two summers and with workshops, I’ve had a total of three weeks off this summer…I’m not complaining though, I love what I do. My SO loves to hear stories about my silly kids, and he volunteers and helps me with grading so I get to spend time with him. I’m lucky for this because with all the time I spend doing work-related things I wouldn’t see him much otherwise.
Post # 10
I am a teacher but we start after labor day. Lucky me!The tough part for us is the after work work that I do. I am a high school English teacher so I do a lot a lot of grading and prep work. It is nice though that he is in construction so we go to bed at similar hours. I agree with capeboundbride – I love to share school stories. Always so much to say.
It is hard too because during the summer he gets used to lots of cooking, cleaning and dish doing but he is in for a rude wake up call in two weeks.
Post # 11
I’m a teacher too! We’re off until next week though… The beauty is, my Fiance is a teacher as well :). It’s been amazing having the summer together – spending leisurely afternoons going to farmers markets and such <sigh>.
But, here’s my advice. Schedule into your lives a weekly “date” night. Maybe it means you have to get less sleep one night a week, maybe it means you have to go out with the blue-hairs, but either way – have something going on together at least once a week, during the work week. Put it on the calendar. I had a past relationship that went south because he’d only go out on the weekends and it became too mundane. When I had downtime during the semester I had more free time – I got bored!
Keep up the good work!
Post # 12
are there any west virginia teachers here? need some advice?