I've never posted on here before, but after several discussions with other professionals, and seeing what has been posted on here recently, it has caused me to reflect on my profession. I am wondering where the shift has taken place in teaching - is it in the behaviour, the expectations or on a broader scale is it a social issue? I am trying to think about the shift in work load from it being manageable to it being completely all consuming. If I remember back to my time at high school, I did my work whilst the teacher marked the books from last lesson. I did not need constant spoon feeding and supervision. I had a task to complete and I got on with it. I genuinely feel that the shift has happened between teaching and being a performer. We seem to feel the need to be out of our seats and if we were seen to be marking in lesson time then all hell would break loose with the SLT. Is it not the case that if the children are working then we can be too? I'm not recommending that we ignore those who need help, but we need a culture of work and I think the children need to see us working too. My classes are nearly incapable of independent work and this is alarming. I am trying every 'strategy' in my arsenal other than 'sit there and get on with it whilst I mark these books'. Surely if they are doing, then I am marking and feeding back, then they are learning? If they are synthesising information and tackling problems independently then surely they will learn more? Just a thought, I'd be really keen to hear what others think on the issue. Has learning shifted to be teacher centric in the wrong way? Am I a children's entertainer or an educator? Does my willingness and want to sit in a chair and mark make me a lazy teacher or one who just wants her own time at the end of the day and not to fall asleep in a pile of books every evening and weekend?