No Time for Taxes

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We just finished our taxes.  It was the first time we’ve tried doing them ourselves, and it didn’t turn out the way we had hoped. Now what?  Return to a tax preparer?  That means the hours we just spent plugging all of those numbers into some computer program were a complete waste of time! I hate wasting time.  There is a limited amount of it, and there are so many important and wonderful things to do in the time we have.  The way we spend our time in schools is critical too.  We only have so many hours with our children each year, and it’s critical that we treat that time carefully.  Regie Routman talked about the need to have a sense of urgency when we teach.  She didn’t mean panic or anxiety, but she encouraged us to be extremely mindful of how we use our school time.  We have to prioritize what’s important, and find ways to keep all of the other things that demand our time during the school day in their rightful place. This is not easy work.  I feel challenged each and every day to keep my work focused on what is most important for students. It’s a struggle, but one I’m willing to fight.  How do you teach with a sense urgency (not panic)?   

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8 thoughts on “No Time for Taxes

  1. You’ll never believe this… my husband is an accountant and I do the taxes! I think it is so fun. Sorry you’re experience wasn’t as enjoyable. You know where I stand on time and urgency. We will figure it out!

  2. I have to face this chore over the weekend. I thought back to when I was still teaching and remembered the challenge of planning and using creative lessons that would keep the children engaged. Honestly? I would like the taxes to be more like the lesson plans at least they were fun! Thanks for writing on this topic.

  3. I agree with keeping our time focused and yet there is something to be said for adding in fun. I love finding ways to add the excitement into the weeks without giving up content. Things like Breakout EDU, Genius Hour, and lots of student choice are my ‘go to’s.

  4. We used to do our own taxes; this year we decided it wasn’t worth our time and sent them out. They can be so frustrating! Thank you for reminding us to think about how we’re spending our time!

  5. If you learned something about preparing your own taxes–even if you aren’t satisfied with the outcome–you have not wasted your time. You have an experience that has broadened your self-awareness as well as your limits (perhaps). Learning is never a waste of time. Go see the accountant if that’s what you need to do. Think of that person as a tax tutor!

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