Monday, 1 February 2016

Just one more thing on the to-do list - why join in #teacher5aday?

Dear Reader,

How seriously do you take your wellbeing?  How often to you stop to consider whether you are taking care of yourself, and what that means?

I am lucky to be part of a community called teachers (which, apparently, you never leave).  I was intrigued one day to come across a hashtag which suggested teachers were supporting each other to get their 5 day in terms of diet.  "But I use Twitter for professional networking," I thought. "I don't want to let them invade my REAL LIFE too!"

What changed my mind was the #teacher5adaysketch. Some teachers on Twitter were encouraging others - art teachers, maths teachers, geography lecturers, early years teachers, EVERYONE - to try their hand at sketching something once a week.  Why?  Why would this be something we should make time for in our already bursting day?

Here's why.  Being a teacher is about so much more than planning, delivering and marking.  Being a really good teacher is about being an interesting and healthy person as well as the latter, in the same way that a really good English (and everything else) lesson is about general knowledge as much as skills (beautifully explored here by Andy Tharby).  Don't teach 'as the crow flies'; expand your own knowledge of the world so you can give deep, meaningful context which crosses those silly, discrete boundaries we short-sightedly call 'school subjects'.

The hashtag has expanded and now encompasses all sorts of wonderful fields (writing, fitness, science and more).  Don't try them all at once - you'll make your head spin.  Be discriminating.  But know that every minute you spend on yourself in this way is a connection to another subject, another person, another idea that will most certainly benefit your teaching later on.  Don't feel a scrap of guilt about it.

What's more, taking time to practise a rusty skill, improve your fitness, or collaborate on a new project teaches you about learning.  It make you a beginner again.  It shows you, first-hand, how all those children feel when presented with something that to them is huge and daunting and new and exciting and terrifying all at once.  Mrs Rycroft-Smith is to marathon as Jack is to calculus.



I surprised myself with how much I enjoyed the #teacher5adaysketch.  I realised something was missing in my life (it was that profound). I am an artist, and being a mathematician and a writer as a job doesn't change the fact that I need art in my life for balance and enjoyment.   I feel less sure about fitness and exercise, which is exactly why I should be doing it.  #teacher5adayfitfeb, anyone?

2 comments:

  1. Obwohl ich nicht treffen DR. OBOITE, aber ich habe das Hören und sehen seine wunderbaren Taten auf das Leben der Menschen .. Dies machte mich kontaktiert, weil ich auch von Herpes-Virus diagnostiziert wurde, Als ich kontaktierte ihn, ohne Zeit zu verschwenden, begann er seine wunderbare Arbeit in meinem Leben, ich bin Glücklich und froh zu sagen, dass ich
    Bin jetzt nach der Verwendung seiner Kräutermedizin geheilt .. Sie können ihn auch auf seiner E-Mail erreichen: oboitespelltemple@gmail.com oder erreichen ihn auf seinem Handy oder fügen ihn zu WhatsApp +2347086770069
    Er auch speziell auf Heilung
    1 ... HERPS-HEILUNG
    2 ... ALS-HEILUNG
    3. Heilung
    4.PILESY
    5 ... FÖRDERUNG IM BÜRO
    6 ... LIEBE SPEEL
    7 >> EX ZURÜCK
    etc....

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  2. Obwohl ich nicht treffen DR. OBOITE, aber ich habe das Hören und sehen seine wunderbaren Taten auf das Leben der Menschen .. Dies machte mich kontaktiert, weil ich auch von Herpes-Virus diagnostiziert wurde, Als ich kontaktierte ihn, ohne Zeit zu verschwenden, begann er seine wunderbare Arbeit in meinem Leben, ich bin Glücklich und froh zu sagen, dass ich
    Bin jetzt nach der Verwendung seiner Kräutermedizin geheilt .. Sie können ihn auch auf seiner E-Mail erreichen: oboitespelltemple@gmail.com oder erreichen ihn auf seinem Handy oder fügen ihn zu WhatsApp +2347086770069
    Er auch speziell auf Heilung
    1 ... HERPS-HEILUNG
    2 ... ALS-HEILUNG
    3. Heilung
    4.PILESY
    5 ... FÖRDERUNG IM BÜRO
    6 ... LIEBE SPEEL
    7 >> EX ZURÜCK
    etc....

    ReplyDelete