Possible reasons for this:

  • My students are so far behind and/or they have such a wide variation in skills and knowledge that it's hard to teach my subject matter.

    This is your underlying reason if:

    • My diagnostic assessment showed me that many of my students are even further behind than I had anticipated.
    • Some students master concepts quickly while others struggle mightily with even basic material.
  • My lessons are not designed or delivered well enough to lead my students to mastery.

    This is your underlying reason if:

    • Even when students are paying attention and trying, they're just not getting it.
    • Students are tuning out during the course of the lesson.
  • I'm not getting parents, guardians, and other influencers to help us accelerate our progress.

    This is your underlying reason if:

    • I have not had much contact with my students' families.
    • I have a hard time thinking of many ways that my students' family members are helping us to achieve our goals.
  • We're wasting time due to misbehavior and/or inefficient classroom procedures.

    This is your underlying reason if:

    • The lesson flow is often interrupted due to misbehavior.
    • I find myself uttering more than a few sentences related to behavioral expectations during the course of a lesson.
    • I use a stopwatch to time each procedure or routine and notice that sometimes procedures take up almost ten percent of my learning time.
  • I’m overwhelmed and exhausted, and I just can’t seem to keep up.

    This is your underlying reason if:

    • My life outside of school is suffering -- I'm not getting enough sleep, food, or exercise.
    • I am losing touch with the reasons I was so passionate about this work in the first place.
    • I am beginning to doubt that I can ever be a good teacher.
  • I do not know, at every moment, what students are understanding.

    This is your underlying reason if:

    • I am learning about student misunderstandings too late--after lessons rather than beforehand or in the moment.
    • When we move to student practice, I often find that I need to step back and re-teach the material.

What you can do