DON’T MAKE WORK A 24/7 EXPERIENCE

THOUGHTS FOR PRESERVICE AND BEGINNING TEACHERS (36)

‘No one on their death bed ever regretted not having spent more time at work’ is something I heard many years ago. Work IS important and we need to do our very best. However, there needs to be life after work, a time for family, friends and relaxation.

We need renewal and revitalisation. That does not happen if our noses are forever on the grindstone. We need to do our conscientious best at the coalface. We also need to live life.

Teaching should be a joy. I hope that all pre-service teachers are going into the profession because because they want to, not because they feel under qualified to go into any other profession. Teaching is challenging but it should also bring joy.

Teachers need to be ‘wannabees’ not ‘gottabees’. All the best to all those who are preparing to enter our classrooms as teachers of tomorrow.

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