I love this quote from top to bottom, but I'm focusing my thoughts today on the bottom half.
Time can be hard to locate. There never seems to be enough of it. I live in a rather organized little bubble, and yet I rarely feel like my mental teacher list of things to do ever gets any shorter. As soon as one item is crossed off, a new one takes its place, and it doesn't get much better until the children deliver their final goodbye squeezes and I lock my classroom door one last time before summer takes over my mind.
With all that's on my plate, thinking about what I voluntarily make time for is worth contemplating. We all know there are times when teachery stuff takes precedence over moving students forward, pushing thinking and reflecting to the bottom of the list. By the time all the other things, like those listed in the quote, find themselves done, there's little energy left for reflections about instructional improvements. Granted, there are often things on a teachers plate that are must-dos and will never go away, but I also think there are things we sign ourselves up for that could be significantly less complicated and less time-consuming. Regie believes in simplifying, so we can concentrate on best teaching practices. I concur. On behalf of our students and moving them forward, we could use some pickiness when it comes to how we spend our time.
(Have you heard Debbie Diller's rule about time? It's a great one. See here.)