Calm those ‘back to school’ nerves!

Do you have pre-autumn term dreams that leave you feeling stressed out and nervous about the new term? YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Having these dreams or some sleepless nights isn't a rarity in our profession. In fact, being a bit apprehension about a new term (whether you've got a new class or an entirely new school to get to grips with) is expected and not a bad thing. It shows that you truly care about doing your best. I've compiled a list of things to help calm these back to school nerves.

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Be prepared

You're bound to feel more nervous if you haven't prepared anything for the upcoming term. Is your weekly timetable sorted? Do you have some long term plans mapped out? How are your class going to spend the first few days of school? Having activities and lessons prepared for those first few days can help you visualise what might happen and relieve the stress of the unknown! My post First Day of School, what do I do? can help with this preparation.

If you're nervous about behaviour management, I'd suggest getting those morning routines and transitions sorted. For some ideas on effective classroom management for KS1 - check out this blog post!

Don't overdo it!

Yes, be prepared. There is a fine line between being prepared and overdoing it to the point that you are already burnt out before the term begins. There are a lot of things that can wait until you're back to school to be sorted so make sure you're taking time for yourself, for family and friends, and not just consumed by work the whole 6 weeks. Spending all your time stressing and sorting things for school will only make you more nervous to get back. In order to calm your nerves, you need to be calm! Have some lie-ins if you can, maybe a pamper treat or shopping trip. Have a decent binge-watching session on a series you've been wanting to watch for ages!

Get some advice!

Talk to other teachers! A problem shared is a problem halved and we are a part of a supportive, collaborative profession. Join Twitter and use #edutwitter or #primaryrocks for advice and support from thousands of teachers. If you're on Facebook, there are plenty of groups to join:
You can also email me using the contact form on this blog! Whether you are in need of some encouraging words or help with an assessment grid, you can find those either in your own group of teacher friends or the many teachers on social media. 

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