Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Relax - and improve

One of my most favourite quotations is this one;
“Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgement will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a  lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.” 

It is great advice.  As educators we tend to stick at a job until it is completed, a solution is found or at least a workable solution is developed (even if this solution may not be perfect).  In the short term this may be necessary and possibly even unavoidable.  However, over time, this approach can reduce educational leadership to mere management.

As the holiday season arrives and we are able to “take a break” perhaps we should do just that. Leave the blog alone.  Forget your RSS feeds, the PLN and the #education hash tag. Forget the phone.

Then, and only then, reflect - and, if necessary, reform.  
But do so with a clear mind and relaxed soul and a sense of perspective.  When at work are you doing that which is important - or merely necessary?
Take some personal time to improve your professional time.

Your school will be better for it - don’t take my word for it, trust the author of the words quoted above - Leonard da Vinci.

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