A reader recently requested a blog post on balancing life as a teacher/mom/blogger. Here are all posts with the label teaching mom, and I will be the first to tell you that it is a balancing act that always seems like it is really close to tipping over. Like everything on the internet, I am sure it seems I have things together much more than I actually do. For example, right when school got out I went weeks without a new blog post, because it was actually harder to find time to write when I was at home full time, due to operation potty training, than it was while teaching full time. Bless those of you who work from home with kids, because my before/after school and prep time is when I get SO much done, and this includes blogging. So, while I am not an expert by any means, here is my biggest tip for finding a teacher/mom balance – do not take school work home!
How to not take school work home
It is so much easier to plan, after you have completed a unit once before. It is ever easier if you were organized the first time around and thought about implementing it in the future. Here is how I organize lesson materials in binders. My system is to put all activities, manipulatives, and copies that will need to be made in plastic sheet protectors, which are organized by unit in a binder. This way when you do your rough unit plan the second time around, everything is basically ready to go.
Prep Time is Precious
Do not reinvent the wheel
You may be gasping out loud at the idea of leaving all school work at school, but it can work. This means you must set boundaries and say no. It means the precious before/after school and prep time is GOLD and must be used effectively. It means those tests from last hour will have to wait until prep tomorrow to be graded. Also, you must plan ahead and not wait until the last minute to get your lesson materials ready. You will need to enlist help and not insists that you do everything yourself and 100% perfect. You have to give yourself some slack and remember that if you work yourself to the ground as a teacher you will burn out, FAST. Teaching is a marathon, not a sprint and hopefully this tips will help keep you a little more sane next school year.
**Disclaimer during the summer I do school stuff and blogging during nap time.**