I see a lot of posts about people being stressed or anxious because of the pandemic...honestly last springs shut down/virtual classes were the LEAST stress I've had in any Spring for at least 10 years. When my state announced no STATE TESTS my stress level dropped like a bomb...anybody else with a similar experience...and how sad is it that it took a PANDEMIC to make that happen...

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I used to have school nightmares every Sunday night. Haven't had one since March 13 when we went Virtual. When things go back to normal I've promised myself I will leave everything at work and no unpaid overtime. Taking my life back.


I think it depends on your district, too. Some districts have very reasonable schedules, giving teachers enough time, freedom and trust to create virtual lessons and spent class/prep time to do what they think is best for their students in the short and long-term. Other districts have unrealistic schedules, are micromanaging teachers every moment, making them jump through hoops, pulling time and energy away from the kids and prep. Some schools are just stress-factories.


My anxieties are not around student scores or evaluations, rather everything else that is constantly changing. Virtual learning, new curriculum, in-person learning with Covid restrictions, and now back to virtual learning. More importantly, these poor kids are facing huge learning gaps and many days I just feel hopeless.


I see what you're saying. That was a load off my mind, too. I guess I feel like I have too many loads 😬 so, while it was a relief, it was just one of many stresses on my mind. Working on calming down and I do tell myself that I am doing the best that I can.


And, some districts are back to FtF and hybrid teaching which is very difficult. Plus we are required to teach virtually from our rooms, not homes.


Yep! I work in a self-contained special ed classroom. We had a VERY aggressive student in our class. One of my parapros left last December, her injury required surgery. Myself and my other parapro were in PT for our injuries. Our district kept wanting us to try "one more thing." I put out applications for a new job two days before everything shut down. I feel terrible with how many lives have been impacted by the pandemic and my heart breaks for them. But, personally, the pandemic was a life saver. The student is currently virtual so I have another year of reprieve to figure out what I want to do.

*I know it's not testing related, but fit the "pandemic as stress reliever"*


So much has changed in education in the passed 8 months! I think the stress levels is depends on your school. My district has been virtual since March so we haven’t had to worry about face to face yet. I know it’s coming and I know it will be challenging and probably stressful . I thank God for being home and learning about virtual teaching.


I can understand that. I was certainly relieved. I guess I should feel similarly now, since my district admins keep saying not to worry about this year's scores, but I'm not sure I believe them. Like a lot of other people in this thread, we have gotten a lot of "one more thing" since around the end of October, and I'm going to need that stream to stop pretty soon.


I lived through AP testing last spring.
It was a dumpster fire.

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