As Christmas approaches and the time for most schools to go on break finally arrives, teachers must decide how they want to spend their well-earned time off. The following list offers some helpful tips for the best ways teachers can relax and recuperate:
- Forget work. The most important thing for educators to do while on an extended break from school is temporarily forget the classroom. While it can be hard for anyone to clear their mind of work stress, it’s absolutely vital for teachers. Working long hours outside of the classroom, pouring your time and money into your teaching efforts and getting personally involved in the lives of students is emotionally and physically exhausting. Making time for yourself and forgetting the troubles of school, just for a little while, will refresh both mind and body.
- Consider your motivations. As with any job, the longer you work it can be harder to remember why you wanted to do it in the first place. Motivation is especially important for teachers, who decide to teach not just for money but for the sense of fulfillment that comes from helping a child. After a long period of time in school, the reasons that you teach can quickly be buried under a sea of paperwork, administrative duties and difficult students. Once you decide to remember your work life, take time to remind yourself exactly why you got into teaching.
- Reprioritize. While planning for the second half of the school year, it’s a good idea to rearrange priorities based on what you’ve already experienced with your class. Your summer plans for the year may have hit a brick wall because of any number of circumstances, and creating new goals to fit the situation will help you finish out the school year smoothly.
- Lighten up before going back. The winter break is meant to be a time of frivolity and joy, so make it just that. The stresses of daily life in today’s school systems can seem overwhelming, and it’s hard not to take things so seriously that you can’t see past your own issues. Use the upcoming Christmas time to step back, put all of these problems in perspective and settle down. A calm teacher is a wise teacher.
If you have any other helpful tips that will help educators enjoy their winter break, share them in the comments below.