When I first began a career in student affairs, my director was a good and fair person, always supporting a life in balance. Work late for a program? Take a few hours of personal time the next day. Spend a weekend away at a conference? Be sure to take a personal day to catch up on things at home. As a supervisor, I have attempted to mirror this courtesy, believing that people, and family and lives, are more important than a 60-hour workweek. There will always be work to done, reports to write, and programs to plan.
The theme of work-life balance remains a popular topic among colleagues as we seek an adequate distribution. Too many friends make 10-12 hour work days a habit while answering the duty phone each weekend. While we advise students to choose a few extracurricular activities on which to focus, we disregard this advice and drive ourselves to exhaustion.
Clare Cady fired off a discussion on the topic, inviting us to shift our thinking.
I am of the school that work-life balance does not exist. There is life. Part of life for many of us includes work, hopefully in a field where we are happy and satisfied. But life is not about work — it is about living.
As the January wind howls and daily highs hover in the single digits, it’s nice to know our lovely city is among those with a coldest average low temperature during the winter months. Cold nose, warm heart.
Winter in Iowa
Floridians turn on the heat.
People in Iowa plant gardens.
Californians shiver uncontrollably.
People in Iowa sunbathe.
Italian & English cars won’t start.
People in Iowa drive with the windows down, radio blasting.
Georgians don coats, thermal underwear, gloves, and wool hats.
People in Iowa throw on a long sleeve shirt.
New York City landlords finally turn on the heat.
People in Iowa have the last cookout before it gets cold.
People in Miami all die.
Iowans close the windows.
Arizonans vacation in Hawaii and Mexico.
People in Iowa get out their winter coats.
Girl Scouts in Iowa are selling cookies door to door.
Washington, D.C. runs out of hot air.
People in Iowa let the dogs sleep indoors.
Santa Claus abandons the North Pole.
Iowans are upset because they can’t start the snowmobile.
All atomic motion stops.
People in Iowa begin conversations with…”cold enough fer ya?”
Hell freezes over.
Iowa public schools open 2 hours late.
State universities remain open for business.
Too awesome not to share…
Spent a morning with student affairs colleagues developing new program and learning outcomes to define our work in connection to university and division strategic plans. Beginning at the bottom of Bloom’s Revised Taxonomies (below), we crafted outcomes statements to link programs and goals to unit learning domains.
Student Affairs assessment is not spontaneous. It must be intentional and carefully defined to provide meaning for your unit and for your students. If not, it becomes just another “so what” to toss on the shelf.
Learning outcomes are all about the verbs. Check out this great list of Bloom’s Taxonomy Action Verbs.