Everyone has challenges and success at work, but working in a job which is less than a decade old – in the education industry which is much older – is full of unique challenges and successes.
Last year was tough for me. With a crazy combination of schedule changes at home and fewer hands to help I was stressed. By the end of the school year I was past exhausted and to a new place I do not plan on revisiting.
It is too easy to get that far gone. And educators are easy prey – we take on extra duties because it’s for the kids. And our bosses aren’t out to get us, but they will let us work as hard as we want to, who can blame them?
So, my biggest area for improvement is to improve my work:life balance. I am setting some boundaries for myself this school year – in fact, I have already started enforcing them.
My current role is ever-changing; I gave up waiting on doing-the-same-thing-twice a few years ago, more like six. My work group takes on district initiatives in educational technologies, leads school-based instructional technologists, and tries to bring together the different facets of the spectrum within our district for a more cohesive environment of innovative teaching and learning.
As someone who has always been challenged to embrace change this is a job that challenges me, but helps me empathize with those not certain about change. I do like the fact that I am in a position to bring positive change AND that I can smooth the change for those who need help acclimating to all things new. I think that while it is ironic that I am in a position of almost constant change, I am perfectly suited to help those paralyzed by change ease into it.
My challenges and successes are often measured on a smaller scale than my prior achievements 120-at-a-time, but I hope they are just as far-reaching!