This school year has been challenging for everyone; having to deal with distance, hybrid teaching, uncertainty and difficult periods back in the classroom. You may not have had any choice in these circumstances, but you can choose to end this year on a positive note.
July 07, 2021
This school year has been challenging for everyone; having to deal with distance, hybrid teaching, uncertainty and difficult periods back in the classroom.
You may not have had any choice in these circumstances, but you can choose to end this year on a positive note. Here’s some tips that we’ve compiled for you.
Before you create another to-do list as you finish this school year, focus on what’s here and now. Your time with your class, with these students, is nearly over. Each year has its own personality and each group of students is unique. Remember to take time to truly be with them, listen to their plans and enjoy their company. You’ll be glad you did.
Regardless of how tired or stressed you are, try to put it aside as you start your new day. When you wake up, think about something positive; practice morning affirmations, read motivational quotes or practice yoga. You could listen to something positive on your way to work – a podcast, the radio or your favourite music. Wake up with happy thoughts and do something for yourself. You’ll see how quickly your positive morning turns into a great day.
Think about everything you’ve accomplished this year. No doubt you faced challenges and obstacles which were different than in other years of teaching. Take a moment to recognise and celebrate what you achieved. Make a list of all the challenges you had to face this school year and conquered or list five wins you had this year. Encourage your students and colleagues to do the same and celebrate your achievements together. Share positive feedback with other staff members who faced their own challenges, send thank you emails to those who you can’t imagine teaching without.
It’s always a challenge to motivate yourself and your students at the end of the year. It might be worth preparing some activities that will allow you and your pupils to have some fun whilst learning. Ask them to write a letter to next year’s students, prepare a soundtrack of the year or summarise their year in books. Use your imagination and have some fun!
In the middle of all the chaos, take some time for yourself. Book a massage, head to a coffee shop with a good book, get a pedicure or take a calming bath to help you relax. It will help you tackle those last couple of weeks.