A fellow EDC3100er has posted a blog about feeling overwhelmed and plodding through her assignments. While a lot of things Jenny posted about resinated with me my eyes were diverted to her profile where she states she is a mother of 4 and in her third year of study. I take my hat off to all the amazing mothers like Jenny that take enjoyment from seeing children learn while simultaneously learning herself. Study is difficult with children in the household and there needs to be a happy balance that many other parents, like myself are on a never ending quest for. I resigned from my position of School Officer yesterday in a quest to find my balance. I admit I cried an ‘ugly face’ cry. You know the kind that you don’t want anyone to see let alone your work peers! I loved the school that I worked at, the staff and the students. I will miss greatly the role I played and the contributions I made to student learning as I got a lot of personal satisfaction out of seeing an ‘I got it’ expression on the face of learners. However, there is a bigger picture for me and that is to complete my degree in Primary School Education. If resigning from my job doesn’t bring completion of my degree any quicker at least I will know that I have spent as much valuable, precious time with my little ones as possible before I trust a teacher to care for them and teach them as I do at home. I particularly liked Jenny’s comments about her child’s teacher. My daughter was in a panic at one point because she didn’t get something, and Miss A said to her “Why are you crying? Don’t cry – if you don’t get it, it means that I’m not doing my job properly. You’d better give me that tissue – I’ll have a cry!” And it was all OK. What a wonderful admission to make to a student. Teachers get it wrong and have to try again.