We’re quite connected as teachers, spending a lot of time with our learners in classes and colleagues in staff rooms, at conferences, or on-line.
While making our lives rich in social interaction, however, teaching may, ironically, often lead to a sort of ‘busy’ loneliness, as we spend a lot of time paying attention to others, but getting relatively little in return and paying little or no attention to ourselves.
At the end of the day, what is often missing is not so much a contact with someone else, but a contact with our busy selves.
To paraphrase a brilliant Monty Python sketch about chartered accountancy – this is what teaching does to people. We might lose touch with what’s inside, with our motivations, ambitions, beliefs, and a sense of purpose, and, as a consequence, we start presenting only our formal face to the world with no real depth or personality behind it.
I speak from experience, of course.
A good way to get – and maintain – the right balance might be to keep a blog. And, well, here it is.
This is my way of reaching out, connecting and ‘tuning in’. If any of this strikes a chord with you, I’ll be all the more glad to hear about your thoughts and experiences, so that we can inspire each other, keep track of what’s important, and focus on the real value of what we do.
Weather we meet at school, on-line, or elsewhere,
Let’s connect ~
And thanks for stopping by.