Monday, September 16, 2013
Seeking Balance Part 4: Stop Comparing
Last week I stayed late to finish putting together my student portfolios. I was working efficiently and cheerfully until I met a colleague in the hall who was conferencing with her all parents the second week of school.
Immediately I began questioning how I was spending my time. Should I schedule early conferences with all my parents too?
The week before another teacher stopped by my room where I was -- again -- working late creating lessons customized to the students and their interests in my room. She was suddenly questioning whether she should do the same. Enough.
I know this goes on in every school building. We all want to do our jobs well. I have to stop comparing myself with other fabulous teachers. I can't do it all. Neither can you.
No one is putting this pressure on me...at least at my school. We have much freedom to run our classrooms our way as long as we are meeting the assessment deadlines and teaching to the standards. I need to change the self-talk. I am good enough.
Is anybody with me on this?