It’s time to stop doing holiday countdowns

“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.

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3 thoughts on “It’s time to stop doing holiday countdowns

    • 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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