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 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?


  1. I definitely understand where you are coming from. it is really hard not to compare ourselves to others. I think it is in our nature, but we feel much better if we try to learn from others instead of comparing ourselves. Easier said than done though!

    Eclectic Educating

    1. It is easier said than done. Right now I'm just trying to change my inner destructive at times.
      Have a great week, Amy.

  2. Yes, yes, yes. Did I say yes? I am working hard to stop this nasty habit. Just wanted to tell you that I always enjoy reading your posts though I don't usually comment. You and I see eye to eye on many things.

    1. Thank you, Kristi. Do you have a blog? I would love to stop by.


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