Teaching is an important part of your job. You are committed to doing it well. At the same time, you often resent how much time it takes.You really wish you had more time for research than you do right now. Content expertise vs pedagogy The dominant mode of thinking about teaching in higher … [Read more...] about How much teaching preparation is enough?
Planning, or Juggling 101
If you have come here because you are overwhelmed start with the Emergency Planning Technique. Once you've got things calmed down, you can then consider making a plan to keep things from getting out of control.
One of the elements of a good plan is boundaries. Boundaries enable you to juggle your various different responsibilities without having too many balls in the air at once. According to the OED the term boundary has the sense of both the thing which serves to mark the limits of something and the … [Read more...] about Setting boundaries
You can listen to this post if your prefer: I've also teamed up with illustrator Amy Crook to create a picture book that goes into these principles in more detail: The Principles of Juggling: A Picture Book for Academics (ISBN 978-1-912040-71-1 pb) A good plan can reduce the … [Read more...] about Juggling 101: Elements of a good plan
Writing is a core activity for academics. I advocate establishing a writing practice, and making writing a priority when you plan. Finding and protecting time for writing, especially during the parts of the year when you are teaching, is difficult. It may be helpful to consider the different kinds … [Read more...] about Using all 3 types of writing time
As I write this, there has been an escalation of white supremacist activity in the US, and the generally difficult political climate in both the US and the UK has not really become less difficult than when I wrote Part 1. Part 1 is still relevant and deals with how to make decisions and make time … [Read more...] about Juggling in dystopian times, Part 2