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So go figure. I find everything else but the missing socks. Where do those socks go, anyway? Now that I finally tossed the odd ones, will the mates turn up?

I’ve never been so organized as since I moved into this tiny (to me) house, used to bigger spaces and maybe grander places. But for two years I rented this vacation house, not by the beach but in glorious green South Eugene, to be honest, really for my big poodle, Gus.

Right near old growth trails and ferns, dog parks, lots of places to explore. Deer and turkeys abundant. This area reminded me of my old California property. I thought this might be home. Check it out awhile, give it a test, then maybe buy it.

Even has an old chicken coop on the side, but I was asked not to use it. Made no sense to me, since barking dogs all around far noisier than chickens. Little house on terraced property. Inside 70’s architecture, interesting features, woody. I really fit in here and mixed it up, a combo of Eugenian hip, with old Chinese antiques.

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I know it's hard...

Being a teacher is probably one of the most demanding jobs that exists in terms of the commitment, passion, and dedication that it requires. In some jobs, you put your time in, go home and relax, and forget about the challenges of the day, that customer that complained, that client who was unhappy, or possibly that project you're working on in the office.

Teaching is different. As a teacher, you invest so much in your students emotionally, financially, and professionally, that its hard to let go just because a bell rings at the end of the day. Whether its a student who told you about their troubled home life, didn't grasp a concept, or got embarrassedin front of their friends...those moments stick with you.

There is absolutely NOTHING that is going to change this aspect of our job. If you aren't invested in your students, you're probably doing it wrong.

However, if you are constantly focused on your job as an educator it can start to wear on you. It can even start to negatively impact your personal life, your relationships, and yes...as weird as it sounds...your performance as a teacher. Being too consumed by your job can actually hurt your ability to perform that job to the best of your ability.

If this sounds like you, don't worry! There are some things you can control to make it easier on yourself. Many teachers I talk with are always worried about planning, grading, that meeting they have the next day, or that observation they have coming up (which by the way you shouldn't stress out about...seriously)

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Balance

We are in the educational 4th quarter all!  I tend to forgot how crazy busy this time of year can be until I am in the middle of it shaking my head.  Some days in the spring I start to feel like this.....

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So how do we find the point that supports that balance we so desperately need?

  1. Find some whitespace on your calendar.  I am really trying hard to have at least (2) 30 minute blocks of 'free' on my calendar.  Use that time to get out of the office-check in on students/staff-or just get a little fresh air and new perspective.
  2. Bring back #inboxzero.   I was doing soooo good with my email until about mid February.  It took a nudge from my #Worklifebalance Voxer group to remind me how important that strategy was for me and how good it felt not to be glued to email all....day.....long.
  3. Make time for yourself and for your family.  The school year is a full on endurance, ultra marathon.  Don't forget to walk, hydrate and look at the scenery when going through the year. 'I really wished I would have stayed at work instead of going home to have dinner with my family' said no...one...ever.
  4. Find your happy place again.  Maybe it is journaling, or reading, or running, or riding a bike.  Whatever fill your cup back up-make sure you are getting enough of that during this season.                         

May the 4th quarter of your season in education be your BEST yet!

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With 2016 being days away, I’m starting to revisit some goals that I made in the beginning of the school year. One of my goals is to be cognizant of current lingo so I’m never caught off guard in conversations. While Wikipedia or Urban Dictionary is just a click away (UD was a staple for me, as I taught middle school and was a middle school VP), it’s nice to know a sense of the word before I have to look it up.

I’ve been hearing about “swiping right” as of late. First came the “like” on Facebook, then came the Retweet on Twitter, followed by the “+1” and so many others.

In the mobile dating app Tinder, swiping right means you are interested / “like” the person that you see on your screen. While the app has been around for a couple of years, its popularity has surged, and jokes on the radio and The Tonight Show have been more common.  

I’ve also read about Tinder scenarios with teachers, supervisors, and central administration in education. I get legal briefs once a week to see what’s going on in schools statewide and nationally. And yes, most of those news briefs are rather sad. 

I refuse to let trendy items that get negative reputations in our digital lives impede on education. While I’m not going to be encouraging our students to be using a dating app, I’m always a fan of using popular sayings or something from pop culture to relate to students or staff. I have many staff in their 20’s where a teachable moment often happens by injecting a buzz word that the agegroup can relate to. It’s no different than using a current song on the radio or a meme that’s all the rage.

Back to the title – swipe right for success? It  sounds like something that the character Michael Scott would push from the TV show “The Office”. But, it’s a thought where we can build on; something we can take to relate to others in the future.

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Below is an email I sent out to all staff pertaining to the upcoming winter recess:

Certificated Staff,

Greetings! I hope this email finds you happy and healthy during the holiday season. As we all know, this time of year can get busy. We also all know that the countdown has begun for next week; we all will have a well-deserved recess from the daily grind of school… and a break from a classroom of students! To ensure that all of us (students, staff, administrators) do in fact receive a break, I am directing that there be no homework or professional work to be completed or required by our students, teachers, and administrators over the winter break.

Sadly, most of us either know someone or personally can testify to the correlation of an increase in workload with high stress and anxiety. It is time to recognize that our students are asked to do more work than ever, just as teachers and administrators are asked to do more. It does not matter to me whether expectations are self-imposed, generated by peers, parents, staff, state, or federal rules. Students, teachers, support staff, and administrators all need a break.

If any projects are due, please push them from January 4th until the 6th. As always, if you have any questions, please contact me directly at jeitner@wtsd.org.

Jason M. Eitner

Superintendent of Schools

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