Education would be much more effective if its purpose was to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they do not know, and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it...William Haley
It’s midterm and I’m grading exams and projects as well as gearing up to start teaching a new MBA class this Saturday. I’m tired and I'm sure my students are too. I love it that Elena Aguilar shared her list of ways to re-energize yourself. Some of the ones I think I'll try are:
#3. Stop reading anything related to education for a week. Or cut down by 90 percent.
#7. Work in 45-minute time blocks. While the timer is on, don't divert attention for anything -- no checking email, clipping cuticles, or organizing bookshelves. Forty-five minutes of intense focus (set the timer) and then a 15-minute break. Take a walk during the break. Right now. Take a walk. I'm going to take my own advice. Now.
#8. Listen to music, really loud (can be combined with walking). And sing along. Janis Joplin just did wonders for my energy level.
#10. Pet a furry creature. There's science behind this: Petting an animal decreases blood pressure and increases endorphins.
#13. Take a walk with a friend who does not work in education and talk about trivial matters or reminisce about wild college days.