Work/Life Balance

I came into teaching as a mature student, having spent a couple of years working in schools as a TA and Business Manager whilst my son was younger. Previously I had worked in offices and then for myself as an artist /graphic designer.

I love my job, and I’m glad I chose to re-train as a teacher. I now work in a lovely, very small rural school with people I like; mainly supportive parents and generally well-behaved, enthusiastic children. My colleagues are supportive and everybody gets along well.

It’s a good job I love what I do so much, because the constant pressure to do more, be more, and achieve more seems to be mounting daily.

This week has been an incredibly long week, for no particular reason. However, it’s not that dissimilar to most weeks in term time.

Saturday
9.30-12.30 housework
12.30-2.30 planning
2.30-4.00 run with the dog
4.00-6.00 planning
6.00-7.00 make and eat dinner
7.00-8.00 planning, emails, admin for school
8.00-9.00 watched some TV, fell asleep

Sunday
10.00-2.00 marking, preparing resources
2.00-4.00 run with the dog
4.00-6.00 re-planning due to TA timetable changes, completing information gathering survey for HT
6.00-7.00 make and eat dinner
7.00-8.00 planning intervention groups for TA
8.00-9.00 sat down to read a book, fell asleep

Monday
6.30-6.45 emails
7.30 leave home
8.15 arrive at school
8.45-10.45 teaching Y2/3
10.45-11.00 break
11.00-12.00 teaching Y2/3
12.00-12.35 marking/prep for afternoon lessons
12.35-1.00 lunch
1.00-3.15 teaching Y2/3
3.15-4.15 planning with colleague for team teaching afternoon on Thursday
4.15-5.00 working wall, displays, prep for Tuesday
5.00 leave for home
5.45-6.30 arrive home, walk the dog
6.30-7.30 dinner
7.30-10.00 changing planning because of more changes to TA timetable, preparation, resources
10.00 Bed

Tuesday
6.30-6.45 emails
7.30 leave home
8.15 arrive at school
8.45-10.45 teaching Y2 booster
10.45-11.00 break, changing planning due to last minute change in Y3 activities
11.00-12.00 teaching Y2/3
12.00-12.40 marking
12.40-1.00 lunch
1.00-3.15 teaching Y2 booster
3.15-4.15 marking, photocopying
4.15 leave for home
5.00-6.00 arrive home, run with the dog
6.00-6.30 housework
6.30-7.30 make and eat dinner
7.30-10.00 changing planning because of more changes to TA timetable, marking, prepping resources for Wednesday
10.00 bed

Wednesday
6.30-6.45 emails
7.30 leave home, stuck behind lorry
8.25 arrive at school
8.45-10.45 teaching Y2/3
10.45-11.00 break
11.00-12.00 teaching Y2/3
12.00-12.40 Parents’ evening meeting with one parent
12.40-1.00 lunch
1.00-3.15 PPA
3.15 leave school for nail appointment – me time!
7.00 arrive home, cook and eat dinner while working,
7.00-9.15 marking, preparing resources
9.15 sit down to watch tv, fall asleep

Thursday
6.30-6.45 emails
7.30 leave home
8.15 arrive at school
8.45-10.45 teaching Y2/3
10.45-11.00 break
11.00-12.00 teaching Y2/3
12.00-12.30 prep team teaching lesson with colleague
12.30-12.45 marking
12.45-1.00 lunch
1.00-3.15 team teaching afternoon with colleague, teaching 2 classes and reflecting on learning/teaching
3.30-4.45 staff meeting
4.45-5.45 planning with colleague for next week’s teacher swap session, prep for Friday
5.45 leave school
6.30 arrive home
6.30-7.00 make and eat dinner
7.00-8.30 prep, emails
8.30 sit down to watch TV, fall asleep

Friday
6.30-6.45 emails
7.30 leave home
8.15 arrive at school
8.45-10.45 teaching Y2/3
10.45-11.00 break duty
11.00-12.00 teaching Y2/3
12.00-12.35 marking
12.35-1.00 lunch
1.00-1.40 chance for some photocopying and prep whilst my class have PE with specialist sports 1.40-3.15 teaching Y2/3
3.15-4.00 Reflecting on team teaching afternoon with colleague, making notes ready to type up over the weekend
4.00-6.30 classroom displays, photocopying, tidying my classroom, finding resources for next week
6.30-10.00 PTFA Quiz Night (we won!)
10.00 leave school
10.45 arrive home
10.45-11.00 sit down, fall asleep

I was going to sit and add up all the hours spent doing different things each week, but I think it’s plain to see that preparation, planning and marking take up most of my week, followed by teaching and travelling. Time with my family is way down there, and time just for me is virtually non-existent.

No wonder I’m permanently exhausted.