Teach-life balance is a topic that is close to many educator’s hearts. We have all had moments that felt like the work and the time was too much or that our hearts just couldn’t take it anyone. I want to hear about your experiences and about how you have tackled or at least moderated your teach-life balance.
I have struggled with teach-life balance during my five (I can barely believe it’s been five!) years of teaching. I want to give my students their best chance and make great, innovative lesson plans. I also want to devote time to my personal pursuits like this blog, long walks, and my wonderful husband. I have worked to become more efficient and to sort out my priorities, as Ron would say.
However, in my first years of teaching I was relatively isolated and could have used more advice from teachers. Luckily, I am now in a less isolated position in a new school and have discovered the magic of Twitter.
The Teacher Lifestyle Survey
I created a short survey; 5 questions plus some identifying information in case you win the possible Amazon gift card. My goal for the next month is to get a minimum of 250 educators to respond to the Teacher Lifestyle Survey. I hope to get more; the more teachers that take the survey, the better the results.
I want to start off this school year in August with a blog post about teach-life balance focusing on the results of this survey. I think that so many teachers could benefit from learning from each other. It’s one thing to read about work-life balance in a magazine with a general audience, but advice from actual educators means so much more.
Blend or Balance?
One of the survey questions asks whether you are seeking teach-life balance or teach-life blend. I have had a few questions about the terminology. I originally heard the term teach-life blend mentioned on the Being Boss podcast and it has stuck with me.
Personally, I see a balance as keep your teaching and your personal life separate and dedicating time to each. I see a blend as meshing your teaching and your personal life, that they are inseparable but can both be enjoyed.
If you interpret or think about the terms differently, I would love for you to share your ideas in the comments.
Please take the survey by August 10, 2015.
Your experience balancing or blending life and teaching, whether as a first-year teacher, a 30-year veteran or anything in between, is valuable and deserves to be shared.
Tell your educator friends!
If you have any feedback about the survey questions or about teach-life balance, please let me know on Twitter or in the comments below. Thank you.