I was recently asked by a colleague far more experienced than myself how I manage to remain impervious to the stresses and pressures of this highly stressful and pressured profession. One teacher sets out his boundaries in Teachwire..
This is what I came up with:
I don’t work at home. My laptop died long ago and was never fixed. I don’t access emails on my phone. Taking marking home is anathema to me.
For many, the barrier between work and home is porous – the insidious creep of education seeps into everything. Not me. If I’m not at school, I’m not working or worrying about working.
I have no compunction about saying ‘no’. If I don’t want to do something ‘extra’, I simply don’t do it. Extra lessons after school? I don’t think so.
Should you be saying ‘no’ more often? Read more ways to reduce your workload Reduce teacher workload by setting yourself boundaries
Please tell us your thoughts in comments or via Twitter ~ Tamsin
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