I am going to keep this week’s post very brief.

The first thing I am going to say is congratulations! This is a hard half term – you will have found your teaching commitments have intensified, you have been settling in to a new context, mornings and evenings are dark and cold, …

You have survived it, so well done and look forward to the week ahead!

Now, I am going to give you two small pieces of advice in relation to next week:

  1. Organise your week:

Whilst I am sure the last thing you will want to do right now is think about organising, there is a danger if you don’t that next week will disappear in a fog of thinking about (and perhaps worrying about) your return to school – so, even when you are theoretically relaxing, your mind has not switched off. Taking a short amount of time to decide when you are going to designate time to work will pay huge dividends – stick to this schedule and then force yourself to disengage from work the rest of the time.

Make sure you know exactly what jobs you have got to complete and assign them to the periods of time you have designated for work.

If you need to, make one of your jobs organisation so you are fully prepared for your return to school – if paperwork has become scary, use a little bit of time next week to sort this out!

  1. Prioritise your health and wellbeing

Make sure you do some nice things next week! Plan to see friends you have neglected since September, go away for a few days, spend time with family, … do something that makes you happy!

Our children need happy teachers and this means teachers who understand they should have guilt-free time away from school!

If you feel your health and wellbeing are at risk at the moment then next week would be a really good time to explore the BRiTE materials we have mentioned before. They offer lots of ideas and techniques that you could use to ensure, when you return to school, you have strategies and structures in place that enable you to be resilient as you enter the next stage of your journey. https://www.brite.edu.au/

Have a lovely half term!