With the two week July break nearly over, I've been thinking a lot about balance. Going from "flat out" for 11 weeks to "dead stop" for two weeks has made me think about how to balance things a little better next term. I'll be studying on-line for about 6 hours a week, teaching full time, preparing the Tournament of Minds team, preparing for my turn at the "assembly item" and preparing for the whole school "Extravaganza" in November. I'll need to balance numeracy, literacy and the arts in class - and lesson preparation, study and downtime at home. So I've moved my easel downstairs and pulled out my art journal, because sketching is one time I don't think about two or three things at once, and if it is right there in front of me I am more likely to pick up a pencil and just do it.