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Teacher Burn Out: Should I stay or should I go?

Whether you've been at a school a year or a decade, moving onto new pastures can be a tough decision to make. There is often guilt attached to leaving students and fellow teaching staff- but there shouldn't be! More than ever, teachers are leaving the profession they once loved. Before making the leap to a new life outside of teaching, you might want to think about moving on to another year group or even another school. It could reignite that passion and energy for this most rewarding of all vocations.  Just like clouds, every school is different! From one-form entry schools , to inner-city schools to mixed-group village schools, there are so many variables - not be mention different ethos' and leadership styles. Maybe you're ready for a change?  Should I Stay or Should I Go? When answering the below questions, consider what is most important to you and your well-being. Think about how sustainable your current work routine is long-term - you don't want to be burned

First Day of School, what do I do?

Another summer has flown past us and the start of a new school year is almost here! Those nightmares of being late, not prepared, or not able to keep control of your new class have probably been haunting your nights the last few weeks. Well, those nightmares soon go away once you're settling in with a new class and ready to face the fun and challenges of the next year. In order to combat the anxieties, it's best to go in feeling prepared and knowing plenty of things to do for the first few days to settle your class and start your units of work. I've listed some useful things to include during your first day back at school.

teacher advice for first day of school lesson activities

New Routines 

Especially important with younger and new pupils to understand where to line up (and how!?), what to do when they come into class every morning and what's expected of them in terms of behaviour. Another routine to get used to is how do they respond back to you. If you clap, should they clap back and listen? Do you do any fun call and responses? 1, 2, 3, eyes on me!  Hocus Pocus - Everybody Focus!

New Rules 

Work together as a class to discuss what a good teacher should be like and what a good student should be like. They could draw a student or use a template for them to write words around them describing attributes of a good student and a good teacher (polite, hard-working, good friend, helpful, etc). From this, you can make your class rules together and get them all to sign it or draw a picture of themselves to go around the rules as a display.

Getting to know you activities 

lessons for first day back at school with classIf you didn't get much time for a transition with your new class, you may want to spend the first day getting to know your class a bit better: get them to make about me posters or decorate something for a display so you can go around and talk with groups of them. You may wish to do some circle time activities with games such as swap places if...: your favourite subject is maths, your name starts with an H, you had an ice cream in the holidays, you were born in May, etc.

Start assessments

This may seem too quick but there is no time like the present to start assessing your class to know what needs to be taught. This could be with a little independent write about their favourite day in the holidays or writing about their wishes and hopes for the next school year. In KS1 you may want yourself and your teaching assistant to start reading with pupils or testing their phonics knowledge. Maybe do a fun maths investigation in groups so you can see how they work with each other and also get an idea of their reasoning skills.

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