Do you have more things to do than time allows? Take up the #MyTimeMatters challenge.
Excessive teacher workloads are a real issue. Yet, I don’t believe that the system will ever change. There will always be ‘the next’ new initiative and bureaucracies love their paperwork.
Even if a miracle occurred and the system did change, the very nature of teaching means there will always be more that you could be doing. Therefore, it is unavoidable that some things don’t get done, or at best don’t get done well.
This means two things. Teachers need to:
- Get comfortable with the idea of saying I’m doing nothing, even when there is more to do.
- Prioritise what they attend to, according to an activity’s impact on student learning.
If this sounds like a call for a ‘lazy teacher’ revolution – it’s not. Good teaching needs effort and hard work. But if it is impossible to do ‘everything’, it makes sense to do those things that have the largest effect on your students’ success.
Sadly, a recent study by ACER showed that too many teachers are letting the wrong things slide.
Over half the teachers surveyed felt they weren’t teaching as well as they could be, let alone catering for the needs of their struggling students. Two-thirds of teachers did not believe they were doing a great job at core activities, such as assessing students’ learning and providing quality feedback.
Your time matters! And, therefore, I invite you to take matters into your own hands and to prioritize those tasks which have the largest impact on your students’ learning.
That is the essence of the #MyTimeMatters challenge.
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