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Ali Edwards recently invited readers to think about their One Little Word for 2008 again. Mine is balance. I haven’t really mastered it up ’til this point in the year, but I’m trying. There are a few things I am going to do this year to keep my life in balance, which I figured I’d share in this forum in hopes that it will inspire some other folks to keep a healthy/healthier balance between teaching and everything else.
1. Take schoolwork home more often (i.e., come in a little later or leave a little earlier doing some of the paperwork in the study).
2. Do things for myself (i.e., commit to taking a hobby class at least once a week).
3. Be healthier (i.e., exercise at least three times a week and eat more nutritious lunches).
4. Go to bed earlier (i.e., set a bedtime & stick to it using an incentive chart so that there are rewards at the end of the month).
5. Change out of my work clothes when I get home (i.e., remember that relaxation is important and wearing a dress for four hours longer than necessary doesn’t feel comfy).

Those are the five things I’m doing this school year to get more balance in my life. This will not only help me as a person, but I think this will help me be a better teacher since two of the many definitions of balance, according to is:

  • the power or ability to decide an outcome by throwing one’s strength, influence, support, or the like, to one side or the other.
  • to arrange, adjust, or proportion the parts of symmetrically.
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    Stacey Shubitz View All

    Literacy Consultant. Author. Former 4th and 5th Grade Classroom Teacher.

    5 thoughts on “Balance Leave a comment

    1. Wonderful advice. Taking care of ourselves makes us better teachers. The going to bed one is important. I went to bed WAY too late last night and it was a brutal day because of it. Not making that mistake tonight. Thanks for reminding us to take care of ourselves, too.


    2. Wow, the first day really is the first day… and balance is a good message. I am fond of saying that my students deserve a teacher with a life! Your five tips point the way. I so appreciate the poem for the first day. Thanks for sharing so much of your process. I REALLY appreciate your generosity.


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