Lessons learned & thoughts chewed.


The very first  thing the rookie inclusion manager must learn is the perfectionism is a fast ticket to madness. Perfectionism is a habit common to many teachers:     As a teacher- you are running your own show and are responsible and mostly in control.

As a manager – you remain responsible, but it can seems that you have absolutely no control over what does/does not happen in the classroom/ intervention room. This is tricky enough to contend with – not least because your ego / high expectations of your practice are probably what have got you to where you are now!

However, if you don’t relegate the perfectionism, it will quickly relegate you to the dreaded ‘burnout’ – because the professional dissatisfaction will eventually become emotionally and physically overwhelming.

This is not to suggest that the best TIMs can afford to roll about in their own chaotic mess. Who can risk that when they are juggling the most vulnerable children in the building? No, no, no!… The secret to fewer grey hairs is to establish well-thought out, strong, robust systems. Calmly implemented and patiently monitored.

Inclusion is about excellence and experimentation, it is about reflection and realism built on the positive appreciation of what is already working well.

Perfectionism can’t cope with any of these features. Progress for children and for leaders is all about patience, perseverance, persistance – but not perfectionism.

So Lesson #1: Delete the perfectionism.

3 thoughts on “Lessons learned & thoughts chewed.

  1. This most definitely true.
    Your perfectionism lies in the comments from children in whatever forms of expression they have been allowed to use; Parents after the initial bereavement period which involved making you the target and laying the blame in your lap; Teachers who you battle with daily, to see why what you want them to implement is correct… even if it means them spinning on their heads – which is not how they usually do things; and the SLT who sympathise and try to empathise with you.. but wouldn’t dare to step into your shoes!
    Despite all of this every child still matters!

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  2. Yes apparently one of the most stressful things is to be ultimately responsible for something but yet reliant on other people to implement it – hence managing a field is stressful. Inclusion has so many facets to it that to do it properly risks burnout so yes I agree – dont be a perfectionist! But know which elements to insist on and which to give on. A tough job indeed. Good advice here Natasha from someone qho has walked the walk..

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  3. I’m not in the field of Education but can most certainly relate to the need to free from the binding and hindering power that perfectionism iften has in other aspects of life. It’s always a blessing to be reminded of the fact that a process is just that – a process. It is not to be rushed, not to be snarled at or held in contempt, but to be patiently nurtured in expectation for the desired breakthrough. Thanks Tasha!

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