Legacy Post - Get A Life

Originally posted on El Timbre Blog, 17 Feb 2013




A twitter exchange between me and @Just_Maths on Saturday morning has been bouncing around my head all weekend.

@Just_Maths : "Who would've thought it's half term? Lots of sharing of ideas this morning going on #mathschat. Should we be #gettingalife"

@El_Timbre : "We're just free of the actual teaching... The ideas flow when we're not in the "day to day" :)

To what extent are our creative-educator-juices stifled by the bureaucracy, politicking and grind of getting through a term?

It shouldn't happen. We shouldn't all heave a sigh of relief once the Wednesday afternoon "OFSTED-pardon" comes. We should be able to share and enthuse and delight in our "craft" all the time.

I've come to the conclusion that the "hundreds of holidays" that teachers have are not just for recharging our physical batteries. We need to recharge our thoughts too. Take a sabbatical from the day-to-day timetable and think about how we can guide our students in the most fresh and exciting ways.

So all of us who were on Twitter the first morning of the half-term holidays were enjoying the liberty that the break brings. We were regenerating.