From another teacher blog:
in my blog that got eaten the other day, i was marveling and bemoaning how exhausted i am after a day at work, and noting that i just couldn't figure it- i have been working almost every day for the last 14 years. how could being a teacher really be THAT much more exhausting? and then i realized that being a teacher means also being the following: the HVAC repairperson, the IT professional, the nurse, the counselor, the psychiatrist, the test proctor, the editor, the writer, the reader, the video production crew, the photographer, the poet, the artist, the CEO, the accountant, the bank, the dry cleaner, the tampon machine, the interior decorator, the middle-manager, the janitor, the mediator, the detective, the mother, the father, the sister, the brother, the career consultant, the construction worker, the secretary, the software expert, the office supply store, the spca, the student, the teacher.
The links to the right are awesome teacher blogs. There's a great little community there, lots of "yes, I have that problem too!" and "Hey cool, I will try that" and "Good lord, isn't this teaching shit just crazy?" I love it. Go look around, and get a better feel for what teaching (esp the first years of it) is all about.