A few weeks ago a blog post it’s for the kids… from @kerriattamatea got me thinking. How often when you talk about doing something new or different have you heard:
- “I don’t know where you find the time…”
- “That would be nice if I didn’t have to do…”
- “You obviously don’t have a life…”
- “Don’t you ever sleep?!”
Teachers are the worst at time management.
The job by its very nature pushes you to take on that extra curricula activity, volunteer for that school event, take on that extra responsibility. If you ever want a teacher do anything, just tell them ‘it’s for the kids’ and that familiar pang of guilt will override every rational thought in our brain almost every time.
So when some is doing something ‘extra’ you can’t help but feel bad that you aren’t also taking this project on. Why haven’t I got the time or energy to do what she’s doing?
Here’s a question:
Why do we care so much about what others do with their time and the extras they bring to their classes?
I’ve had teachers ask me how I could possibly fit in a once a day blog post into full time teaching.
The truth is some there are some days where I don’t post much, on others I put a timer on to ensure I am finished in a timely manner. In reality, I blog because I enjoy sharing things online.
But that’s me.
I also enjoy baking and reading.
Therefore I bake, read and blog a lot and I tend to share that love of baking, reading and blogging with the kids that I teach.
On the other hand, I haven’t watched a game of organized sports in years so pretty much do the bare minimum when it comes to school sports.
And I’m ok with that.
Maybe instead of unloading guilt onto each other when colleagues are doing more than teachers could try:
“It’s great how you share your love of music with your students.”
“That’s so awesome you’re managing the basketball team, your students are so lucky to have a teacher that’s so passionate about sports.”
“Wow that’s amazing how you’ve raised so much money for this charity. The children in our school benefit from having a teacher who cares so much about the world around us.”
So yes lets make all those extras ‘for the kids’ but remember that teachers don’t have to do it all and be it all to be a good teacher.
I love this. It’s so true that when we judge others, we judge ourselves and when we celebrate others we see our own awesomeness and potential more readily. Thank you for sharing 🙂
I think we look to fault others when we are feeling insecure.
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