Teaching is therefore not the profession for a perfectionist. There is always something more you can do. Don’t get me wrong – I am not undermining thorough, dedicated, inventive and innovative planning. I’m not in favour of teachers who cut corners. But I also hate seeing people who come into the profession and start destroying their health and their personal life. It’s all about balance.
So how do you achieve this balance? A fascinating book has been published in the last few years by Jim Smith and Ian Gilbert, called “The Lazy Teacher’s Handbook: how your pupils learn more when you teach less”.
This book is not excusing hard work; far from it actually. But it throws up fascinating ideas: why should you be the one up all night working when it’s pupils who actually need to do the learning? By throwing the onus onto pupils, you actually increase their learning. So to put this into practice, instead of you producing a question sheet why not ask the pupils to make the questions themselves? They can then trade sheets after they’ve been constructed and advise each other on areas for development on any key topics missed. And you are therefore freed up to do what you’re paid to do – advise, guide and promote learning by intervening with all pupils – opposed to being a performing monkey at the front of the class talking for the whole lesson.
From “Can teachers ever have a work-life balance?”weareteachers)
Aiming to have my life together by the time I reached my mid-twenties
Someone doesn’t like you? Fuck it. Having a bad day? Fuck it. Didn’t get that job, or that grade, or that promotion you wanted? Fuck it. Fighting with your lover? Fuck it. Feel fat today? Fuck it. Losing control of everything and everyone? Fuck it. What matters now won’t matter soon; the truly important thing is that you are alive, and that you have the capacity to do absolutely anything with this beautiful, crazy coincidence of being on this earth.