- Take it easy! I know most of us give it all we’ve got; that energy that goes into turbo mode when we are refreshed after a long break! Unfortunately, it means it is really easy to burn out very quickly. So my first tip is to pace yourself. Don’t feel like you have to do #allthethings right away, prioritise your tasks and get done what you can. If you struggle with defeating your to do list, check out my blog post on the ultimate to do list method for teachers!
- Set some goals. I know it’s common to set goals on January 1st, but a new academic year is also a fresh start. You could set a teacher goal for the year or break it down into monthly goals for some variety. It could be to try a new teaching method or make a positive call home at least once a week! Write it down and display it somewhere you can see it clearly every day to keep you on track.
- Get to know your students. Your job will be much easier if you can bond with a new group of students quickly – it will help with behaviour management and of course, will make teaching so much more enjoyable! Feel free to check out these ice breaker activities if you need any ideas! And if you’re looking for a good conversation starter with your students, just ask them how many Pokemon they caught this summer! ;)
What do you struggle with most at the beginning of the school year?
What are you most / least looking forward to?
Let me know in the comments below!