Shopping lists and water skis: teachers and their unusual hobbies

Soon after our search for teachers with uncommon, intriguing and exciting hobbies, we can securely say teacher’s are not a dull bunch.

We asked you to inform us about your weird and great past times – the things that assist you de-stress outside of the classroom as component of our wellbeing week.

The aim of the week is to celebrate and emphasise the value of keeping a healthy mind and body in the educating occupation – a notoriously busy job. Beneath are just a handful of of the hobbies you shared with us. Keep sending them via @GuardianTeach using #wellbeingweek2014. Verify out the ones beneath for inspiration:

Collecting buying lists

Scott and his shopping list
Scott Allsop poses with one of his purchasing lists. Photograph: Scott Allsop

A lot of years in the past, I visited my local Tesco, exactly where I saw a pink post-it note stuck on a trolley. As a historian I’m fairly inquisitive concerning ephemera, so I picked it up. On my way out of the retailer I noticed an additional one particular and took that too. It was fascinating to compare these small insights into people’s lives.

I’ve now acquired hundreds of shopping lists, despite the fact that only the best ones make it onto a web site I’ve place together.

Some are remarkably X-rated, other individuals have obviously been sabotaged by other men and women in the family and I adore to see that. I was offered a single by Wendi Peters, who plays Cilla Battersby-Brown in Corrie, when I was on a Television present with her, though I gave it away as a prize on a competition on my site.

For me, collecting purchasing lists is an escape from teaching. Despite the fact that a lot of of my observations target on people’s spelling and grammar, it is such a fully distinct mental action to what I do for a residing that it is enjoyable. There is an element of the unknown about it, which can be a great distraction.

Hobbies are a way to give ourselves a bit of individual time. As specialists we give an huge sum to our students, so it is good to have some thing beyond our timetables. That’s not to say we shouldn’t share our hobbies with the students – in fact I think it’s important to do that. We usually tell students that we want them to increase to be properly rounded individuals, but we require to model that.

Scott Allsop is a instructor at the British School of Bucharest and runs an educational website at

Narrow boating aids my tensions ebb away

Life on a narrow boat
Our anonymous instructor shares a photo from their narrow boat. Photograph: PR

My husband and I have a disabled youngster and loved ones holidays are entirely incompatible with his care wants.

We’d hired a narrowboat for the odd day journey on the Leeds to Liverpool canal prior to, and all the loved ones had truly loved it. So we took a gamble and bought a gorgeous narrowboat of our personal and had it adapted for our son and other two kids. It worked. For the initial time in ten years, we could really go on a vacation with the total loved ones.

We have cruised all in excess of the United kingdom in our boat. One particular memorable summer season, we had the whole 6-week holiday afloat undertaking a big ring from York to Stratford-upon Avon via the tidal Trent, and then back up the west side of the country.

Narrowboating is simple. When you’ve been proven how the tiller directs the boat and how a lock functions, it is some thing that any individual can do. People are so pleasant there is often someone to chat to, or to assist out if you get stuck. You can come to feel the stress ebbing away following about half an hour on board. You can not rush, you can not tension and you undoubtedly can not run to any deadlines. There are lots of possibilities to get sidetracked and check out items you never realised had been there.

A narrow boating instructor who would choose to be anonymous.

Sculpting on the side

Sculpture of a dog
A single of Paul Stockley’s sculptures. Photograph: pr

I’ve been sculpting for about 25 many years on and off and have experimented with numerous diverse supplies this kind of as papier mache, concrete, resin and metal. I have tried carving as properly as creating types using armature. The very good factor about sculpture is its versatility as a pastime, due to the fact there are countless resources and techniques accessible it indicates any person can do it almost anywhere.

I’m a headteacher and I work among 50 and 60 hours a week, with quite a variable length of day since of all the meetings I have to attend in the evenings. I don’t generally have the time or energy to sculpt when I get property unless I am in the middle of a project which can be tinkered with a bit each and every day. Usually I like to have a handful of hrs totally free to genuinely get into it so it tends to get done at weekends or for the duration of the holidays.

Sculpture teacher
Yet another one particular of Stockley’s sculptures. Photograph: Paul Stockley

With out hobbies I can think about receiving swamped by my work as the nature of the educating occupation means that you could work 24 hrs a day and even now have plenty to do. Sculpture, music, drawing or painting, all of which I take pleasure in, need intense concentration and consequently function thoughts are banished. Rather like meditation, I find myself immersed in the moment and it actually assists to relax and to alleviate anxiety. Getting a existence outside function is so essential as it keeps function in perspective and does not enable it to consider in excess of.

Paul Stockley is headteacher at Bradway Major college in Sheffield.

Waterskiing will get me outside enjoying the countryside

Simone McAdam skiing
Simone McAdam loves to waterski in Scotland. Photograph: Simone McAdam

I began waterskiing when I was in university in the US this is exactly where my educating occupation started and then I moved to Scotland in 2001 where I’ve been operating ever since.

I’m fortunate sufficient to dwell close to Loch Awe and have a boat so throughout the waterskiing season (end of May to mid October) we can get out for a swift ski most evenings, weather permitting. We have a good deal of close friends that get pleasure from skiing and on weekends when conditions are skiable, our socialising is centered on it.

Waterskiing can be very a physical sport which you are always reminded of by your muscle tissue right after your first ski of the season. Also, I think being on and in the water is therapeutic. I enjoy waterskiing due to the fact it is exhilarating and will get you outside with close friends enjoying the lovely countryside on our doorstep. I’m not certain it assists my educating but it’s very good for my common wellbeing and that have to benefit my teaching. I’d like to become a certified waterski instructor as it’s this kind of a large portion of our lifestyle in the summer season.

Simone McAdam is a complete time instructor at Lochgilphead Major School.

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