My heart goes out to the teachers whose teacher-life issues are being compounded by leveling. The teacher that woke up before 6 this morning, read the blog, and commented shared one of the most honest reactions I've seen in a while. I wish they would write more for us. Teachers and schools have needs that aren't being met. The real details, though, often miss publications because it's sexier to talk about the higher level stuff like politics and policy.
I've made my own busy bed this year. I'm happier than I've ever been and am doing work that legitimately excites me. My hours are packed and planned out, but I have less time to watch cartoons, hang out with my dog, talk with my significant other, pick up around the house, watch horse races, go to the gym, etc. I'm completely wiped at the end of the day.
I know this requires even more planning on my end to make everything fit, but I'm hitting a wall already. The saving grace, as I mentioned, is that I'm having fun being busy. I missed this feeling. The trick is avoiding burnout. I've burned out before. I know how to avoid it. I'm taking the right steps now to prevent it.
Sadly, some things have to get pushed off to later. This week, it was the podcast. That little bit of breathing room made a mountain of difference.
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