To sound like an A.A member, “hello, I am Emma and I haven’t blogged in weeks and weeks.”
Except this is not a good thing! The reality most teachers face of being much too busy to do the things we enjoy has kicked in for me this term. I’m sure many of you can understand this when I mention the dreaded 4 letter word: CAMP. Of course it was great fun and the kids got an awful lot out of it, BUT the organisation for camp does tend to suck all the energy you have away from things you’d rather be doing.
I find it very interesting to talk to different teachers and school leaders and get their take on how busy they are and how they make time to be “in their element” as a teacher. Some seem to easily find the time to engage in the things that push their educational buttons. Others seem to get bogged down by the mundane of behavior, trips, planning, camp and so on. I must say that I have tended to be in the former boat until this term, which has made the last few weeks all the more horrible! So, how do you make the time to do PD that interests you? Talk to other educators that have the same interests as you do? Instigate new ideas and programs that ‘spin your wheels’?
Below is a TED talk that rambles a little but has some good advice on work-life balance. It could have some ideas for us.