Day 11: Mental Health Awareness Week

I’ve been thinking about what to write, or how to begin, a post about mental health awareness – and every time I start this post there’s voices saying “don’t do it, don’t say it out loud”. But I know that’s probably the reason why I should. A very simplistic summary of my well-being is thatContinue reading “Day 11: Mental Health Awareness Week”

Day 10: I Don’t Present, I Teach

I don’t present,I teach.And sometimes that’s messyWith parts that are structuredAnd sometimes that means weDiverge from what was thought ofWe’re constantly assessingResponding and progressing I don’t present,I teach.So I responded, I adaptedI re-planned it all and reactedI changed the way I taughtI tried to be interactiveI transferred it all onlineAnd a new classroom was created

Day 9: Self-Care

“The practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress.” (Oxford Dictionary) Since my last post, I deleted all the social media accounts related to this blog. It was a conscious decision and it felt good! The reason behind this, though, went beyond surface levelContinue reading “Day 9: Self-Care”

Day 8: The Pressure to Procreate

I always wanted a big family, ever since I can remember, and I used to wonder why my parents only had 4 children especially when they married so young. I had envisioned that after finishing studying, I would get married and have lots of children, and it never crossed my mind that things might notContinue reading “Day 8: The Pressure to Procreate”

Day 7: Why do we “Social Media”?

It’s been 7 days since I switched off from my personal social media accounts. I have a Facebook account, but it’s been stripped down to only one friend and old statuses, so I rarely go on that anyway. I also have Instagram and snapchat, both of which I would endlessly scroll through day and night.Continue reading “Day 7: Why do we “Social Media”?”

Day 6: Work-Life Balance

I’ve spent the last 16yrs working in some form or another, bar 9 months I spent learning Arabic in Alexandria, Egypt. I’m a trained secondary mathematics teacher, but have worked across the phases (primary, secondary and college), and have spent a decade or so in Teacher Education. Working in HEI (university) has always suited myContinue reading “Day 6: Work-Life Balance”

Day 4: Working from Home

I’ve been “at work” since about 8am this morning (having only switched off at around 1am last night from student messages)…team meetings, live teaching sessions and student phone calls ended at around 6pm, but since everything has moved online “work hours” have disappeared, and I’ve already had a number of messages and queries from studentsContinue reading “Day 4: Working from Home”