13th June 2014 at 01:00
Every week, we bring you the most interesting discussion, debate and issues from around the web and around the world by focusing on the most popular educational hashtags on Twitter

Is teaching a stressful profession? Yes, according to nearly three-quarters of UK adults. A poll in April from charity the Teacher Support Network found that 71 per cent of people surveyed thought that schools were stressful places to work and just over half thought that teachers were under more pressure than any other professionals.

And this is an issue outside the UK, too. Over in Australia, the weekly #teacherwellbeingchat discusses problems that are common to those working in schools the world over. One recent chat looked at the age-old difficulty of work-life balance. But who determines what a healthy balance looks like and how do they achieve it?

@MarkeetaRP made the excellent point that a good work-life balance looked different to everyone, explaining: "I know that if I'm falling asleep in staff meetings, I've got the mix wrong."

The idea of teaching as a vocation also reared its head, with @AllisonHoganESD saying: "I try to balance work with play, but it's hard when you love your work."

@CelebrityTcher quoted US educator Dr Stephen Covey ("The key is to schedule your priorities rather than prioritising your schedule"), adding that, for him, "losing my sense of humour is a sign that I need to have more fun".

Others cited family as a way of achieving a balance. @gripgirl said that a "guilty conscience" made sure she could "stretch time between jobfamilyme". @coastiemoes went further by actively resisting formal leadership in favour of family.

Looking at the obstacles to a harmonious mix, @wholeboxndice put it down to "perceptions and realities of what is expected and what is important".

Many teachers were keen to share their own advice, with @belindabaxter advising: "Don't sweat the small stuff." @Borto74, meanwhile, quoted himself, from a shirt his staff had given him on his 40th birthday: "Be as kind to yourself as you are to the students who need you the most."

Keep up to date with the latest education chat online by following @tes on Twitter


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