Thursday, 3 February 2011

Bonkers

Sometimes life gets a little mad.
Regular readers of this blog (wonderful, intelligent people for sure) will have noticed that this week has been parents evening. What I haven't mentioned is the tax return, fivescore year 7 reports, preparing a presentation for TeachMeet East (more anon), full-time teaching, 100 miles driving a day and the midweek, 'til-dawn partying for my birthday. Sadly, only one of these examples is untrue.
How does this happen? A confluence of the planets or just bad planning? No, neither - it's a syndrome...
Some time ago I heard an American psychologist talking about a phenomenon he called the Yes-Damn syndrome. We look in our diaries and say,
"Hmm...it looks fairly clear that week.. YES I'd love to."
Then the week before the event we cry,
"DAMN! why did I say I'd do that I'm far too busy?"
He claimed it happens because our perception of future time is different from our perception of present or past  time. Time in the future seems somehow longer. This chimes with my experience of planning for learning - one always prepares far too much work when planning some way ahead. The harsh reality of real-world learning can disappear into the golden future haze of wishful learning. I have my suspicions my Future Technologies project may have fallen victim  to this a little. Time will tell...
Related to this is the syndrome politicians all too frequently suffer from; the one this English cod-psychologist calls the Delivery Syndrome. You know "Just deliver our curriculum and children will learn" But I'd better not get on that hobbyhorse now, it won't get me to work in the morning, or write the rest of those reports or...
Lie down in a dark room...