The Teacher’s Diary: Spring-Stress-Syndrome..
It’s not winter anymore.. It’s neither summer. No, it’s the sweet season in between, where the sun is warm but not scorching, where the air is still fresh but the roads are not wet, where the skies are blue but not without the lovely shade of a passing cloud from time to time… That’s about all I like about Spring!
Teachers know quite well how stressful this season is.. Not only do we have the semester tests to prepare then correct, and averages to calculate, but students also become out of control! They think the season is too nice for them to study.. What’s sad is that we share the same feelings but must act as duty demands. That’s one more reason to become stressed out!
Furthermore, the semester break is also not that relaxing.. The Reason: School Trips. The school plans these yearly and we are asked to chaperone students for a long day of watching, scolding, entertaining and pampering… Stress is an understatement here!
For all of this, and more, teachers get the SSS or Spring-Stress-Syndrome. You can notice it easily in their eyes and the way they move.. We become easily emotional over the simplest of things.. We over react when students do something we would have overlooked a month ago.. We exaggerate when we deal with fellow teachers and become extremely sensitive to noise and high voices (except our own!).
Let me tell you how to identify SSS:
-The “Puff” is the easiest of the symptoms: each puff of those is guaranteed to blow off a house!
-The “Eye-rolling” every time we are asked to do something extra: enough already!
– The “Over-bright smiles” to cover up the upcoming or current depression..
– The “I’m tired” phrase that you hear yourself say more than once during the day.. Even if not asked!
To sum up, I feel I’m tired just now when I finished reading what I wrote so I’m going to move to the next task on my list..
Our only consolation: Spring is only three months!