‘Twas the night before grades are due…and what are all good teachers doing?! Finishing that huge stack of grading that has been carted back and forth in our teacher bag for weeks! We all know it is coming. We get these deadlines months in advance. In this case, we even had an extension due to the 4 cold/snow days our district received this winter. And yet, I’m sure I am not alone in logging in tonight and entering my final grades for the second trimester.
Why is this always a scramble? Why can’t I enter my grades as I grade my assessments? Why can’t I take a few minutes at night and enter grades as I go? Finding a balance between work and home life has always been a challenge for me. When I was first teaching, single and living with my mom, I dedicated a lot of time to school work. My dinner was waiting for me when I got home, and I really didn’t have any responsibilities. Then, I got married and realized that nobody was cooking dinner for me Monday-Friday! 🙂 So I left work to make dinner for us after school.
Now, bring a child into this equation. And any type of “balance” there had been up till this point is gooooooooooone! I bring my work home in my bag. Tricking myself into thinking that I will open that bag at home and do some lesson planning or grading. But that heavy bag goes right back in the car the next morning. In fact, some days it doesn’t even come out of my car.
So, what is a mom/wife/teacher to do?! Well, I’ll tell you what I do. I make every minute that I am at school count. I get to school early. My husband does day care drop off as long as he is not traveling for work. That allows me to get to school around 6:30-6:45 and get a whole hour and a half of time to work on school stuff. Sometimes I stay a little bit after school, but I don’t stay as late as I used to as I now need to pick up my son from daycare, make dinner, and more. Making every minute of the time I am at school count is the best way that I have found a “balance” between work and home. It is a work in progress, but it is a start!
Good luck fellow teachers with an 8 a.m. grade deadline. We got this!