How tidying up my teaching put the joy back in the job

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Paring down your teaching into simpler formats not only boosts wellbeing but also improves learning. Using the research and her personal experience, Jo Facer argues the case for a much tidier teaching philosophy

How cleaning brought the joy back to my teaching

Reading Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up was, for a messy person like me, a revelation. Here, at last, was a simple guide to tidying up my home and, by proxy, my life: if it does not “spark joy”, Kondo instructs, bin it.

Soon after finishing the book, I set to work. On a single day, I piled up any item of clothing that did not feel joyful enough in that moment, and I gifted the local charity shop four bin bags of used garments.

It felt amazing. I was proud of myself. But it was short-lived: within a few months, I stood in front of a wardrobe that was, once-again, full to ...

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