At least two decades
Until I can put away my lesson plans
But 2039 seems a terribly long
I cannot do
Twenty-five more years
Of weekly professional development meetings that seem to last two days instead of two hours
Of crunching numbers
To make the data
Show that I am good at my job
Of testing (Acuity) testing (NWEA) testing (ISTEP) testing (pre-assessments) testing (post-assessments)
I love my kids
I love my subject matter
I love collaborating with other teachers.
Will the love eventually overwhelm the drudgery
As it did thirteen years ago?