It’s officially August, and it’s Back to School Month! For those that have already started the 2017-18 school year, congratulations! For those that are preparing to start, good luck with that first day! As educators, we have spent countless hours getting our classrooms ready, learning new material our school’s deem important, and most importantly, lesson planning for our students.
Although it’s so easy to be overwhelmed and spend countless hours with your classroom and preparing the best lesson plans, be sure to keep a balance. Be sure you are getting to and leaving campus at an appropriate time. The first couple weeks may be a bit different while you get into your groove, but by the second or third week, you will find what works for you.
A couple suggestions:
- Use your time wisely – If you have prep period, use it for planning, copies, etc.
- Enjoy your lunch – Burnout happens when you don’t take time for yourself. Use this time to socialize and brainstorm with your colleagues.
- Reflect on what worked and what didn’t – At the end of the day, think about what to continue doing, and what needs to be modified.
- Start each day with a clear head and attitude – People, including students, make bad decisions. Remember that each day is a new day and what happened yesterday should not impact your attitude today.
Congratulations on the start of a new school year, and be sure to enjoy your time with your students. Before you know it, the year will be over, and you will be in shock at how fast it went!
Remember – To the world, you may be one person, but to a student, you may be the whole world! You could be the only person that gives them any attention, and truly impacts their life!