Day 19 (of 187) fall wellness – my prethink for Sunday Sept 30 #bcedchat at 7pm pst
Balance. Educators talk about it a lot. How do we keep ourselves “well” while still being fully present to our learning community…..
I have always promoted and encouraged the power of asynchronous work. I don’t believe that the number of hours you spend in a school correlates to any effectiveness of learning. Especially in Fall when we are introduced to a new batch of viruses (it feels even more so when you change schools!)!
Some schools even have informal “challenges” where I’ve heard one teacher chide another because of how early they left (and it was way past the dinner hour). Some feel they gave to come in every day….even on the weekend…. and I’m not saying I don’t work in evenings or weekends, but I do promote the benefits of asynchronous work.
I get to work early in the morning (relative to the bell). It gives me a chance to walk the property and make sure there aren’t any surprises. It also means by the afternoon I can be tired….or done….for a bit.
My Apple Watch helps me monitor how many steps and energy I use. I’ve been pretty good on the 10000 steps goal, but recently inconsistent on the 30 minutes of focused exercise. And yes, I like how tech keeps reminding me of what I want/need to do.
But I see “balance” as being like a teeter totter. I know that there are times the “work” has to come before the “wellness” – I also know that’s why my cold is going into its second week….
Being in a new community, I’m also curious to see how my “fall wellness” program changes – most of my career has been in places with “snowy winters” but that doesn’t seem to be the trend for my new school and community on the pacific. I hope it means easier nightly walks with my son. With my daughters soccer league going into winter and beyond make me assume that the “year” may allow more consistent physical movement which I know benefits my mental wellness.
Fall wellness: finding balance between work and home; outside and tech; physical and mental. After all, if it was easy – we would be chatting about it on Sept 30 at #bcedchat at 7pm!