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Teacher Interview with Steve Cox

How do you balance the demands of teaching and your personal life?

That balance is important. It is very important to have something that you do away from the classroom. Teaching can be a profession that becomes all-consuming. No matter how much you put into it, there is always something else you could do. You really have to self-assess on that and step back once in a while. I think it’s really important, whether it’s to give time to whatever relationship you’re in…, I think it’s important to explore or have activities that are outside of your school environment. I think that there’s a real tendency among teachers to not take that seriously. The phrase I come back to is ‘I’d rather be good for 20-30 years than great for 3 or 4’. It’s important.

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