After the trials and tribulations of last week, the weekend was a great time to get my thoughts in order again. On Saturday afternoon I left Mark in his garage (happy husband!) and walked the three miles or so into the centre of Worcester. During my walk I pondered the situation and dissected some of my stresses...
In the end I came up with these key thoughts -
.1. My work with my pupils is the most important aspect of my job until the end of the summer term. To that end, all paperwork stress that is related to their progress and examination results is necessary, has to be handled and should be dealt with efficiently. It's what I get paid for and I mustn't let it get compromised by 'the other stuff'.
.2. Silly comments by Senior Teachers must be ignored.... I've got to remember that there are a few people out there who are 'niggled' or even slightly jealous of the path I'm following. If I hadn't decided to move on, these comments wouldn't have been uttered....!
.3. Lovely Colleague may appear to be prevaricating, but there's no way that she's going to turn down a good promotion. It's a win-win situation for her because she's going to have a longer Mat Leave AND get paid more when she returns. In the meanwhile, when I invite her to take medium term management decisions for the Autumn Term via e-mail, I mustn't get irritated if they appear silly or immature. It's her first chance to lead up a subject area..... while I've been doing it for 26 years. She's got to have the space to learn and I must stop being such a control freak!!
.4. I hadn't realised that the process of moving on (which I am looking forward to so immensely) was going to generate so much additional stress. I'm going to have to create a mental box labelled something like "Yeah...Whatever!!"
Thank you for all your lovely comments on my last post. I really appreciated all your support through the 'blogosphere'. Stay safe through the snow and ice of the next 24 hours.