I’ve been thinking about chores lately.
Maybe it’s because the dog hair dust bunnies have officially turned into tumbleweeds down the hallway. Maybe it’s because I could take time to clean under the couch, but let’s just not go there. Maybe it’s because I know (but would rather not tell you) what’s in my junk drawer.
All of these jobs I do around the house…they’ve got me thinking about all of the tasks I do as a teacher. Some I relish and look forward to, others I dread. So, just for fun, I present to you my very official SCAT: My School Chore Analogy Table. (Rolls up sleeves) Here goes!
|House Chore||School Equivalent||Notes|
|Tidying up||Classroom organization||Ahhh…my preferred form of procrastination. Nothing shouts productivity more loudly than a tidy space.|
|Dishes||Catching up on emails||This. I have to do this every day. Every day I sift through my piles before they get too big. Every day. Several times a day. In, out. In, out. I think they multiply in there.|
|Laundry||Lesson planning||Because any time it isn’t done, any time it’s ignored for too long, things are just not going to end well.|
|Vacuuming||Responding to student writing||Yet another chore that I sometimes procrastinate, but it’s actually quite meditative. Once I get in the swing of things, time goes away and I enjoy what I do.|
|Cleaning the bathroom||Grading papers||There’s something to be said for the kind of chore you resist with all your might, that you put off just because you dread it, and then feel like it was never that big of a deal to begin with once you’ve done it.|
How about you? What school chores or house chores are your most and least favorites? Let’s hear ’em!
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