Sometimes we just need to take a mental health day. I took yesterday off, just because I feel so overwhelmed and exhausted. We are pressured to attend so many workshops, after-school events, faculty meetings, raise students' performance levels, plan an exciting curriculum which is geared toward the standards, etc. All the while, we are dealing with problems beyond our control. I have a child with 20/70 vision who is failing math, but who isn't wearing glasses. I have a child who is extremely disorderly in my room, in spite of two suspensions this year and a conference with his mother.