The Next Step

I find myself at a crossroads, these days. I am enjoying both of my jobs immensely. I work with incredible educators who challenge me and my practice in the best of ways. I am also enjoying the creative work that I am doing, both the creative and the copywriting. One feeds the other which feeds the other. Lately, however, I don’t feel like I have time for all of it, so I have to start contemplating the next step.

This isn’t about deciding between the occupations. I believe that I can balance both. More than that, having that alternative focus in my day makes me a better writer. And having a chance to do something that is my own makes me a better educator. I am calmer, more productive, and more willing to innovate in either world.

That’s what makes the next steps so challenging. I have a good balance right now, but I feel like I could be doing more. I would love to have more writing work and I really want to push my pedagogy in the classroom. The goals are separate, but complimentary.

The reality is that we often work ourselves into a niche. We aren’t just teachers; we are subject or grade specific teachers. We aren’t just writers; we are genre specific writers. Most days, not issues with that at all. We just have to be careful as, unchecked, our professional niches can become prisons. Worse than that, if we stay in them long enough, they become home.

There is nothing more professionally damaging than getting too comfortable. We need to push ourselves, creatively and professionally, to do better work and to take on new challenges, to grow. And while taking the next step can be scary, it’s a lot better than standing still.

More Insights

Getting Behind

I don’t think there’s a worse feeling in the world than getting behind. In education, it’s an experience that I have often. Marking, planning, reports, ...
Read →

Ready to Shift

No matter how tight your planning, how deep your desire, sometimes in creative work you just have to be ready to shift. It’s not that ...
Read →


Exhaustion is more than just feeling tired, it is an overwhelming emotional and moral fatigue that permeates every facet of your life. You don’t fight ...
Read →

Details Matter

As a leader the big picture is important. You cannot get distracted by the minutiae of day-to-day operations. That’s where your leadership and guidance come ...
Read →

Contact Benjamin

If you would like to discuss projects with me further, please feel free to fill in the information below and I will set-up some time for a free consultation.

Your privacy is important to us – learn how we protect it by reading our Privacy Policy.