One weekend in November, I had grading piling up like toys after a two year old, and I thought I would finally catch up on grading since I had multiple choice tests to grade, but my optimism turned to disappointment when I realized those tests were too long to get done quickly; I got pretty moapy. Then I thought I would finish it the next day, but it didn’t happen. On Tuesday, I realized I needed help, and so I reached out to a friend who has lots of time right now (and I have way too much work to do and not enough time). I picked up fried chicken for dinner, arrived at my friend’s door, we caught up, and then she helped me check the multiple choice questions. A couple hours into working together she let me know that helping me really helped her; she really blessed me by helping lift the burden of grading a bit.
I used to think that as a teacher I had to create original content to teach for every lesson and complete all the work myself; however, with this job, since I have seven preps and 115 students that I’m teaching how to write, I have to ask for help. Asking for help has been stretching me, but I see that is also blesses other people to assist; I have a team surrounding me! Working with my friend made me feel supported, and being able to help me increased my friend’s hope.