I’m learning to productively procrastinate. What? Isn’t that oxymoronic? (I’m into multisyllabic words tonight, can’t you tell?)
Since beginning student teaching, my natural instincts to get as much done as possible early on have kicked in. Hence, I already have about eight of my forty pieces of evidence for my PPA, I’m up to date in terms of my field log, and I have lesson plans written for up until February break. Awesome.
On the flip side, though, I’ve realized that I can only get so much done in advance. If I write a lesson plan too far in advance and photocopy everything wicked early, then by the time the actual teaching of the lesson roles around, I don’t really remember the details of what I’m teaching and haven’t thought through all the logistics. Oops, problem.
So, I have to productively procrastinate so I don’t feel lazy. I can no longer get the homework done on the day it’s assigned because, well, it’s all already been assigned, and if I study too early for the test I’ll forget it all.