Thursday, 22 September 2011

Sometimes we need to step back in order to move forward

It's been a while since I put fingers to keyboard and wrote something on my blog, or any blog for that matter. I think it has less to do with workload & more to do with overload.

Social Networking on various levels had begun to take over my approach to a lot of things, most noticeably my work, but it had begun to encroach on my personal life as well.

Frank, educational discussions were taking place after clocking out time, I would lie awake at night and follow a hashtag stream from an earlier Twitter debate. I would be sitting on the sofa with my wife, ostensibly watching the TV, but my head wasn't. I was actually becoming so obsessed with all things that were educationally cutting edge, that I was beginning to neglect my marking, assessment and correcting my planning where necessary. In essence, my desire to push the boundaries was threatening to impact on the children in my care.

But how did it get to this? Honestly, I don't know. I suppose I was trying to keep up with the Jones to a certain extent, but more than that, I allowed myself to open up to too many possibilities at once and as such I lost my way.

I've spent the last 3 - 6 months figuring out what I want direction I want my teaching to take, where I see myself being a few years down the line and I guess I need to fettle my interests a bit in order to come out of the other end a better and more accomplished teacher, learner and leader.

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