Mar 02 2014

A balancing act worthy of a Command Performance!

Category: Generalfootlight @ 13:25

In January, one of my resolutions – which I have, remarkably, stuck to with great … well…resolve – was to adjust my work/life balance so that I do actually have a life. In order to achieve this, I revamped my medium term planning to include all the headings that are expected in a daily lesson plan and printed a set off. These went into an lever arch folder with a simple piece of lined paper beside each sheet. On this, I am writing my lesson evaluations, notes on children’s progress (or not) and any other notes I feel are relevant. These will inform ME for future lessons, but they will also show anyone moderating my plans that I am thinking in depth about what I am doing. Another box ticked.

The secondary – or primary, in this case – effect is that I have had my weekends back for two, whole months. No longer am I spending hours copying and pasting from one document to another, so that I now have two copies of ewxactly the same thing, just in two different formats. It means that my medium term plans are more involved and precise than before but once it’s done, it’s done.

It is a failing or a strength in my family – depending on how you look at it – that if we do a job, we put everything into it. A job half done isn’t worth the effort. I have done this all my life and will now be drifting towards retirement, in the next year or so, confident that I will arrive sleek and in control, not frazzled and gibbering.

Just the end of year production to go, then.

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Jan 26 2014

Work/life balance

Category: Generalfootlight @ 13:40

Trying a new method of using my lesson plans which does NOT involve working for half the weekend. Instead, last Saturday, I was able to have a lie-in, make a leisurely breakfast and prepare the evening meal well ahead, whilst Hubby and Daughter were doing the big grocery shop. I had some down time and a relaxing evening in front of the box.

In the morning, after a delicious breakfast of asparagus omelette (provided by Hubby) and fresh bread (provided by the machine), Daughter turned into my personal shopper – again – and we went to M&S to spend the Christmas vouchers from my class. Leisurely lunch on our return – at lunchtime! – and more chilling out. Now at the tail end of cooking for tonight (spaghetti bolognaise for them, chicken for me), whilst Daughter makes the vegetable curry for tomorrow’s dinner … and several more meals, I suspect!

We’ve started, again, planning a menu and it makes such a difference. We know all week what we are going to have and who will be cooking it, which helps to distribute the load, as we all work.

I returned to work on the Monday refreshed and ready to make a difference!

Happened again this week. Looking good!

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