Finding your balance in the mad new world of teaching

Finding balance in your professional life as a teacher has been increasingly challenging since the pandemic began. Martin Matthews offers some empathy, advice and encouragement…

Currently in teaching, finding a sense of balance has never been more important, for both teachers and their students.

As student and staff absence rates climbed across the UK and we moved into a third national lockdown, the pressure has continued to grow on all teaching staff to support all students with their learning.

This pressure stems from an honourable and professional premise that students have a right to a good education, despite these tough times.

Yet this leaves teachers with a mounting to-do list that has all the classic tasks: lesson-planning, book examination, marking, resource-creation and the usual admin tasks. However, this new breed of to-do list also contains novel beasts, such as remote, online learning, increased parental phone calls and emails home, and, of course, the big one – lessons require planning in a number of different ways:

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