Work-Life Balance …

All adults are prone to guilt; in teaching, it’s the main thing that stops you from having a work-life balance. Everyone else is either coping at school, or expected to cope. It’s hard telling your line manager that you didn’t have the time to finish a PowerPoint for a meeting because you didn’t have the time, so you struggle to do it in your break or at lunch, or even while you are in front of a class. Your work suffers because you don’t seem to have the time to do the things you want to do at work. Your life at home suffers because you keep on doing the things you think you should have done at work.

This quote is from a great article about work-life balance for teachers published in The Guardian. Read some tips for managing it here 


Take a stand against the public denigration of teachers

I wrote this post for Edutweetoz.org in response to an awful article denigrating early childhood teacher by columnist Judith Sloan. In it I explain why I believe teacher bashing is used as a political tool by those who don’t want to properly fund public education.



Yesterday, like many others, I was appalled to read a blog by Judith Sloan in which she attacked Early Childhood Teachers, calling them ‘dim witted’ graduates from ‘second rate’ universities. If you missed it, you can read her post here.


Now people write all sorts of unreasonable things on blogs, and usually I would ignore it, writing it off as an ignorant, uninformed rant.

However, Judith Sloan is a person with enormous influence in Australia. Check out her bio.  She also writes a column for the Australian Newspaper, allowing her views to have considerable reach.

Meanwhile, the early childhood teachers that she attacked in her article, have only a limited ability to have their voice heard.

There is an enormous power imbalance here, and Judith Sloan is abusing her position of greater influence to denigrate an entire profession.

At Edutweetoz we want to correct that imbalance and give…

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