“Not long until the holidays…”
“Just a few more days…”
I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve either heard or uttered those very phrases. Those last few weeks before school always seem to drag – so much to do so little time.
Particularly during report writing season when every spare moment seems to go into to writing, reading and re-checking reports.
Then there are all the extra end of term items, the parties, the assemblies.
I didn’t realise how exhausted I was until one of my colleagues who had been travelling breezed into school looking healthy and relaxed. In contrast, I looked exhausted and stressed.
Yet when I think about the reasons I was close to burn out so little was to do with the kids.
So what impact does countdown mode have on them?
- Some kids actually enjoy going to school – countdown mode tells them their teachers don’t.
- Some kids, for whatever reason, don’t like being at home – countdown mode tells these kids that school isn’t a space for them
- All kids want to feel loved and valued which they spell that T.I.M.E – countdown mode tells kids we don’t want to spend our days with them
That the things stressing me out are usually of my own making – the party doesn’t need to be so big, and I can always ask for help. Go outside during report writing instead of letting it takeover my life.
Do less, worry less and concentrate on what really matters.
Great post! I couldn’t agree more. My colleauge, The Globally Minded Counselor shares similar ideas in her post Curse the Countdown found here http://globallymindedcounselor.com/2015/05/03/curse-the-countdown-teaching-to-the-end/ Perhaps if more of us join together in this frame of mind, end of day count downs will become less and less popular in the education world. 🙂
Thanks for the link – I’ve also been thinking a bit about the collective moans that come up at the end of the holidays. I for one, am always excited to get back. I wonder why teachers spend so much time wishing their lives away?
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