My summer is over. I am in Adelaide on a PYP course and slowly my school brain cells are coming to life. As usual part of my awakening is a few moments of panic as I reflect on all the school tasks I did not complete over the holidays and the knowledge of what lies ahead.

So it has been interesting for me to find these articles and posts in my in-box yesterday, just as the panic threatened to overwhelm me, reminding me to take my time, to breathe and smile.

What Ed Said’s excellent post 10 ways to create a learning culture ends with a great reminder to laugh.

Then this article popped once again into my Facebook feed. Can teachers ever have a work life balance? This article resonated in several ways but particular in its reminder that an exhausted teacher is an ineffectual teacher. And ‘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.’

And finally the photograph I screen shot from Twitter last night, thanks to Jason, a reminder not to spend excessive time planning content and to let the students drive their learning.

Three small reminders that are helping me to avoid some of the usually stresses, at the start of what I am sure will be an amazing year of laughter and learning.

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  1. Sarah Carl

    Hi Henrietta, my name is Sarah Carl and I am in a class at the University of South Alabama called EDM310. After reading your blog post it made me realize how we over work ourselves in many aspects of our lives. I am a perfectionist, which can be a good or bad thing depending on the task at hand. I am wanting to be a kindergarten teacher so balancing life outside of the classroom and still making sure those children are constantly learning and excelling will be a hard task for me. But I cannot wait to be a teacher! My twitter address is @sarah_carl11 and my personal class blog URL is carlsarahedm310.blogspot.com.

  2. henriettami

    I am so glad you cannot wait to be a teacher Sarah, thank you for your kind comment and good luck with your studies.