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One thing I know we all face in this multi-tasking world is the concept of not having enough time. Even when we save time, there still isn’t enough left over for us to feel like we are caught up, like we relaxed, like we actually had time to spare. We just add more things to our day and then hope that by the end of the day we will feel fulfilled, we will feel in satisfied, we will feel time balanced.
When I speak to people about Twitter and having a PLN, they never get where I find the time. Besides the fact that I make both of those things a priority, I am always trying to explain that being part of both actually save me time in the long run. Time I then get to spend somewhere else, while still growing as an educator.
So when someone says they don’t have the time to get inspired or that PD is too time consuming, how about trying this…
- Set up a reader with people that inspire you. I access my reader in the morning when I have my cup of tea. I read those that I feel like, share others that inspire me, and sometimes even leave a comment. It all depends on how much time I want to spend. And sometimes I just mark all as read because I just didn’t get to them and that’s ok too.
- Take 5 minutes on Twitter. I don’t spend a whole lot of time on Twitter interacting, it is hard for me to focus on it with a 3 year old at home but every day I tune in for at least just 5 minutes and try to reach out to someone, to have a human connection, rather than just share my ideas.
- Listen to a Ted talk. I know people think they have to watch all videos, but the truth is I find it much easier to just listen to most of the. that way, while I am cleaning or playing, I at least can hear some of the great things being said by others much smarter than me.
- Subscribe to the most emailed stories on NPR. I love this podcast and listen to it in the car. we run a lot of errands in the summer and the radio drives me nuts after a while. NPR continues to be my favorite for staying on top of news, but how about subscribing to other podcasts. NerdyCast is another favorite of mine or even Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me.
- Ask someone a question. I have learned so much about myself as a teacher or even my teaching style from asking my husband questions abut his experience as a student. When I was just in the hospital many of the nurses told me about their children’s schools, their own schooling, and their expectations. The point is, ask someone about school and you will probably learn something, I know I do.
- Read something non-educational, like a really great book, a magazine, or whatever floats your boat. I just finished The Strain trilogy and found myself wanting to blog about several sections in it even though those vampire books have nothing to do with education. That’s the beauty of inspiration, it doesn’t have to come from somewhere scholarly but just from somewhere.
- Pay attention to your surroundings. Do you know how often I come up with a blog post from reading a sign, seeing a bumper-sticker or even overhearing a snippet of conversation? When we pay attention to the world around us, we can learn a lot.
7 thoughts on “So You Say You Don’t Have the Time – PD for Busy People”
Great post. Now, I just need to follow your advice, especially the one about taking time to read a book. We are online so often that we can forget that pleasure.
Yes, yes, and yes. One more thing that has helped me form my ideas… Read and comment on other educators' posts! My daily reading is blog posts from educators. I love receiving comments from them as well – spurs me on to reflect and write even more. And note – this read and comment took me about 4 min. :-)-@JoyKirr
I can't even begin to start explaining how much podcasts have changed my life! I listen to many various categories from education to comedy to tech news. I also agree that I need to take more time reading novels! Great post for finding inspiration on a daily basis!
Completely agree with Chris on the podcasts! And it's easier to multi-task. We try to make PD easy for educators in My Big Campus with EduTalk. It's all about being part of a community. http://blog.lightspeedsystems.com/joel/2011/11/09/professional-learning-networks-made-easy/
Yes both to podcasts and commenting. I am amazed at how much fly by learning I do in the car or cleaning the house. We have to remember that these moments count just as much as the "sit down and listen intently" ones.
I love to listen to podcasts while walking my dog or cycling. I also listen to audio books too, its all about using ones time to both learn and relax. In fact right now I am off to bed to read a non educational novel. Finding a balance can be hard but I could never stop learning either.
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