The start of a new school year is always a busy time, take care of yourself with these top 10 tips for teachers for the start of term.
1 Get enough sleep
This is at the top because, if you only feel able try one of these, make it this one! We all know that we need a good night’s sleep, but it can be one of the most difficult things to achieve. Try these tips from the NHs to establish a healthy bedtime routine.
2 Eat breakfast
Aside from the well-documented long term health benefits of regularly eating breakfast, who wants to face Year 9 on an empty stomach? If you are not great at eating as soon as you get up, try keeping some instant porridge or bananas at work so you can eat once you get there.
3 Tackle your To Do List
Find a method that works for you and use it. Whether it is classifying each item according to its importance/urgency like this one from Positive Teacher Network, scheduling your tasks in your phone or using a productivity app, getting this right will greatly improve your work/life balance.
4 Tame your inbox
How many times do you check your email and messages every day? Maybe you are not even aware how often you do it. Some experts recommend you start by keeping a tally of how often you check them but hey, it’s the beginning of term, so who’s got time for that? For a quick win, try turning off email notifications on your phone and only checking at set times when you know you have the time to deal with it. Remember you are not required to be available to school 24 hours a day.
5 Remember – nobody’s perfect!
You included. Things will go wrong but it’s so easy to obsess over the one thing that went wrong, forgetting all the things that went right! If you get stuck in a negative thought spiral when something goes wrong, try jotting down all the good things that happened that day. Cut yourself some slack.
6 Only take home what you can actually do at home
How many times have you taken home a pile of books to mark, only to have them sit in the corner of the dining room, spoiling your evening? Leave them at school!
7 Get outside every day
We all know this is a good idea, but it can be difficult to schedule. Try a quick walk around the block at lunchtime, or finding a parking space a few streets away from school and walking in.
8 Do something different
Drive to work a different way, have a tea when you’d normally have a coffee, pack yourself a real treat for lunch. A little shake up in your routine can give you an energy boost and make you look at things from a new angle.
9 Make the internet work for you
It’s easy to waste an evening on social media or surfing resource sites for the exact thing you are looking for. On the other hand, the internet can be an amazing source of support and professional development. Try using resource sites with an advanced search function like Teaching Ideas or the search engine Top marks. Tap into online CPD by finding a great Twitter chat like #UKEdChat (Thursdays 8pm-9pm).
10 Most importantly accept the ebb and flow of the school year
This is a busy time but you don’t have to do everything right now. Prioritise the things that have to be done now and plan out the rest of the tasks (using your To Do List strategy, of course).