I have been rather silent on the blog this week. It’s not that I planned this little hiatus, but there just wasn’t enough time in the week to accomplish all on my to do list. I anticipate this same predicament over the next two weeks as I settle into a routine of teaching, grading, writing lesson plans, and updating websites for 9 different classes. It is very easy for me to develop tunnel vision – and to think that ‘I will never have to time to do anything fun again‘ — but I am trying to maintain perspective. I know that once I settle into a schedule, that I will find pockets of time to do the things that I want to do, like reading, scrapbooking, and blogging.
My personal goal this academic year is to “work smarter, not harder” As I shared before, I am prone to tunnel vision, which manifests itself into workaholic tendencies. While there is a certain amount of preparation that I MUST complete in order to be an effective teacher, I also know that I have gone overboard on more than one occasion, at the sacrifice of my personal life. I have investigated the concept of Holistic Grading this summer, and I think this will aid me in this pursuit. This is the one area of teaching English that I truly loathe – giving a quantitative grade to written assignments. I enjoy reading the students’ work, just not grading it. Hopefully this will help me reduce the stress of this aspect of my job.
Another way that I hope to accomplish the goal of “working smarter” is that I have enlisted the help of two stellar students to act as my teaching aids during 2nd and 6th hours. While delegation is a personal weakness, I have decided that I must hone this skill if I truly desire to have more free time. It may take me a while to learn to let go of some of the control – and to learn to manage others’ time – but I am committed to making this work.
So this is a summary of how I plan to spend the remaining days of August. I will probably not have as much free time as I would like to update my blog – or to visit your sites – but please bear with me. I am committed to developing a schedule that allows me to be efficient, responsible, and happy — and that definitely includes participation in the book blogging world.