As stated in our department group WhatsApp chat at 6.15 this morning, there are 17 get ups, I repeat, 17 get ups, until we, and our fellow educational comrades, (not all I know...) break up for the summer holidays. Hurrah! The ultimate teacher wellbeing season is upon us. However, how can we ensure the month of August is one we use to recharge, relax and reconnect with ourselves, our family and our friends?
Busy, Busy End of Term
Each of those 17 get ups leading up to the 6 weeks holiday are followed by a full, busy day of marking Year 7-10 end of year exams and, for some, ploughing through external exam marking too. As a department we are also thinking ahead to next year - curriculum planning, ordering the stationery (fun) and trying to be reasonably organised for September's new start. On top of that we have year 6 transition days, a MAT Focus day (used to be QUAD day) and many, many in school and out of school activities and trips (bagsy Alton Towers). And, to top it ALL off, we often have to say goodbye to dear colleagues as well, which makes for a heady end of year cocktail of physical, mental and emotional 'bluh' (and a very severe hangover).
A Bump To The Head
The knock on effect of this busy, blurry 17 get ups is that when the holidays do finally arrive, they can often feel like a rather sharp bump to the head. This is the difficulty with teaching that is so often overlooked - we go from intensity to lack of daily structure and routine in one day. I have found this transition very difficult to deal with over the years.
To pre-empt this 'bump', my next few posts will be about planning ahead for the holidays so we do give ourselves a good chance of returning to work in September feeling like we have had a holiday and can take on the challenge of the new Autumn term.
See you tomorrow!