Just when I get really frustrated I remind myself of why I am here. It's not to compile numerous mounds of data, that no one will ever look at. It's to teach 6 and 7 year olds how to read. I am here to see my students smile, laugh and tell me they love to read. I am here to watch their face light up when they check out their first chapter book. I am here because I was fortunate enough to land a job in a time when a lot of teachers were losing theirs.
I know that I am making a difference. I can see it in their faces. And occasionally when I feel like I'm not making an impact I open the drawer on my desk that contains all of the letters and cards. The ones that remind me of why I am here. And if I'm lucky, I'll find one or 20 laying on my desk just to remind me:)
And if I am really lucky we will all be on green at the end of the day:)