Monday, June 29, 2009

IF: Worn Out


My first year teaching when summer came I was chomping at the bit to get started again and the time couldn't go by fast enough...one of my coworkers said, "Give it a year or two and you'll get over that..." The past few years immediately after graduation I've tended to disappear a month or so before getting back into the participation saddle. Teaching, if done correctly (as opposed to smiling behind a desk and just drawing a paycheck), can be one of the toughest jobs on the planet...so by the end a lot of teachers are pretty worn out...and it takes the summer to recharge your batteries for another year...I would have never guessed all the work involved until I became involved...but the pain is worth it when you see students that really care about their future...or at some point get it and start caring...and then go on to great things...

So between the end and school and now I've been busy and out of circulation (kids, fishing trip, cow bird pest control, sleeping, family reunions, moving to a new apartment, painting (not the fun kind...walls)...So here's to being back and catching up on everyone's work!!!

10 comments:

Jack Foster said...

funny stuff. Gotta love that guy in the window...and the one in front....great expression. Nice work instructor Brian!

studio lolo said...

I have no doubt you're a fabulous teacher. I'd even go so far as to say you're probably pretty cool ;)

Jeez, i miss "IF!"

I hope I can come back soon.

Detlef said...

We have an expression here: flat out like a lizard drinking .... very apt I think.

steve said...

Here's to seeing your work again Brian! Your words certainly ring true here as well. Enjoy your summer!!

froggie said...

oy. if we parents are tired already, imagine what you guys feel! and i'll bet you're a rockin teach, too, bb.

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oh and GREAT ILLIO! love the lizards...great characters that really fit the mood! :)

Ammon said...

I figured that you were out for some good reason.

Roberta Baird said...

I feel ya there... I used to teach in a montessori school... but then I rolled into summer school director... so no break!

Have a fun summer and enjoy every last minute of your time away!!!!!!

ValGalArt said...

Sleeping? how dare you!!! haha this image is absolutely hilarious and I love all the details :) I'm so glad yer back as you and your humour and talent were missed!!!

Caroline said...

Hope you enjoyed your break! This is such a great illustration - really made me smile!

Anwar said...

That lizard with the smirk on its face must be the troublemaker of the class, and I bet the one on the window is the clown. I really love the expressions and details, especially that Venus Fly Trap on the shelf.