You are begging for the holidays to begin. Each morning the alarm goes off you are dragging heavy limbs into the new day.  The kids are so high, eating too much chocolate and lacking the structure of ‘normal’ lessons.  And it is the longest week in the world…

How are you ever going to be fit and ready for January and the start to the dreaded Spring term? Here are some tips for surviving the Christmas period and making sure you are ready for the hardest term to come.

Tip 1: Sleep in for a few days

The temptation is always to get up and not waste a moment of the holidays.  This is even more true when you have worked hard up to the very end, it is hard to switch off.  Force yourself to – switch off the alarm clock, do a deal with your loved ones, and sleep long, long into the first few days of the holiday.

Tip 2: Put the work away

The constant grind of being a teacher… It means you reach the holidays and have mentally set them aside for catch up.  Put the work away and recover.  There is nothing that cannot be achieved in a weekend, when you are rested.  Work at the start of the holidays and it could take you more than a week.

Tip 3: Forget you are a teacher for a while

Be a human being again. Stop trying to control everything.  You know what I mean.  The Christmas preparations do not need a medium-term plan, with a short-term plan for the day itself.

Tip 4: Forget you are a teacher for a while Part 2

Don’t talk about Student X in Class A who does behaviour B, C and D.  Put a swear tub in your house.  When the names start popping out, your money starts disappearing.  Donate the swear tub money to charity – maybe to a charity that works with people who can’t help but talk about their job?!

 

Tip 5: Do not check your email

Do you have your school email on your phone?  Does it ping at regular intervals? Switch. It. Off.  Go to settings.  Got to Mail, etc. Click on your school email.  Swipe the on/ off button to off.  Put the phone down.  Walk away until you forget you have switched the email off.

 

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