Sunday, October 23

disconnect

yes, this was an actual conversation:

apparently, the friend with whom i was conversing - and incredibly worried about - showed this to all of his work buddies and they had a good laugh.
glad i could be the source of their amusement.  

but seriously, this is how my brain has been functioning lately.  after reading and editing students' papers all day long, words don't make sense to me when i get home.  i tried reading a book for pleasure the other night and i kept on having to reread the same paragraph over and over, because all i could think of was "oh, he should not have used that word there.  oh, that is passive voice.  oh, this writing is so informal.  oh, if i were his editor..."

so i apologize in advance if i ever nitpick your grammar and use of the english language.  i really don't mean to come off sounding like a pretentious know-it-all.  i just can't seem to disconnect from being the teacher during the day and a normal person at night (but who am i kidding?  i've never been normal...).

i'm noticing that there are a lot of aspects of my life that are being (negatively) influenced by my day job.  not only do i need to find balance, i need to learn how, when the last bell rings, to disconnect from being the teacher and just being me.  

if i don't, i'm scared i'm going to start losing friends.  or at the very least, my utter confusion at the meaning of words will be the source of other people's amusement for the rest of my life.

1 comment:

  1. Have you tried the "normal job hours"? I'm curious how that actually works with real world teaching. Like 7am to 5pm and then shutting it off. Can that ever happen? Can you ever get it all done in that amount of time? Probably not. But it's a nice thing to strive for!

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