|Posted on 29 October, 2012 at 6:05|
We are certainly living in an age where we over commit. And I'm the first to say that I do over commit, over and over and over again.
At this present time, I am trying to write secondary reports, mark exams, prepare a research proposal, and write a paper for publication, all whilst I am working and trying to have some sort of personal life. Why is it, that today we over commit and are happy to do it? We then have the need to broadcast everything we do via social media and then become overwhelmed when others critique or discuss our life choices? I'm like many others and watch TV with some sort of technological device on my lap. We multitask and then we see ourselves tweeting comments to the TV program that we are watching. I am fascinated how individuals, particularly teenagers are able to do this night after night and still be able to complete most their other commitments (I say 'most' loosely). They are certainly leading the way in how we, as educators are conversing with them and structuring our lessons. I see myself, modifying my lessons to accommodate their personal needs whilst dismissing any traditional forms of teaching that I have learned and skilfully developed. I understand that this is the way of the future, but at what cost? A teacher at my school 'burned out' after 12 months of teaching and has left education all together....are we as educators going above and beyond at a risk to ourselves? I haven't yet met an educator that doesn't put their students first, but are we hurting ourselves in the process? How can we be more effective in embracing more technologies and completing our commitments without having the pressure of needing to do more? This is certainly something I will ponder upon whilst at a conference this week before preparing for a TARS review and report assemblies.