I’ve been busy lately. If you come here often, you’ve probably noticed that I haven’t done much writing this month. In fact, this is only my second post this month, but I’ve been busy and writing on my blog hasn’t been the most pressing thing lately. I mean, c’mon, I have two small children, a busy job, and I’m a doc student! You’re probably thinking, “Stop complaining, everybody’s busy, suck it up!” We are all busy in our own ways and as I’ve said before, when you add something to your daily routine, you have to give something up. Essentially, you make time for the things that are important to YOU!
This is essentially what I’ve done for my doc classes. I have a professional goal that I want to achieve and I’ve committed to waking up early to do my readings and other homework for my courses. This may seem like a small commitment for many of you, but for me 5am would have been out of the question a few years ago. Now, let’s apply this to the classroom.
We are all busy and have only so much time in the day to devote to our courses. However, sometimes, a new innovation comes along that we are really interested in and want to pursue. But where do we find the time? The truth is we prioritize what’s important and make the time. Just like I’m giving up sleep, you too may have to give up something you really like or want to do. It’s part of change and part of becoming a better teacher. You may not want to do it, but if the innovation is something you really believe in and something you think will help you be more effective or improve student achievement, then you make the difficult decision to make the time where you can. Because in the end, it’s not about you, it’s about what’s best for your students.
As an aside, if any of you know of a good way to stay awake that doesn’t include drinking coffee, PLEASE leave a comment!!!