It’s true, the beginning of the school year can be pretty full on. New students, new timetables, new procedures and lots of interruptions and things to get done. Levels of urgency are high and it can be quite easy to get stressed and overwhelmed.
Here are 5 tips to help you get through the first two weeks of the year.
1. Have fun
Sounds kind of strange to put this one first, doesn’t it? But I have found that having fun is one of the first things to go at the beginning of a busy school year. Remember the reasons you became a teacher in the first place and remind yourself to really enjoy the journey of getting to know new staff, new students, new parents, and new procedures. Enjoy yourself!
2. Speak positive words
In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the first few days of school, choose to say positive things as much as you can. Your words literally create your world so make sure your world is a fun place to live in! Choose your words carefully and make them count.
3. Be picky with priorities
Teachers always have a lot to do. The to-do list seems to grow faster than it can be achieved. You have to be picky in what you’re going to accomplish each day. At the beginning of each day, identify the most important 3 things you need to accomplish and focus on achieving those three things.
4. Expect interruptions
It’s great to have a plan (like I’ve described in the point above) but it is essential that you have room in your day for interruptions. They are inevitable. You will have interruptions, so you may as well plan for it and expect it and respond accordingly.
5. Get from the day
Every single day represents an opportunity for you to learn and grow and develop. Getting from the day is something I make a priority every single day. At the end of each day, ask yourself this question: what did I learn/observe/experience today that will help me be a more effective teacher tomorrow? Take one minute to note down your response and use this learning to serve you tomorrow. Personal reflection is essential for continued effectiveness.
Enjoy the journey,
And more importantly,
Enjoy the moments.