What kind of Report Writing Teacher are you?

What type of Report Writing Teacher are you?

At this time of year, so many of us are writing reports, or maybe you have already finished! It is an amazing time to reflect on the year, acknowledge the growth and development of your students and remember all the great things you have done together throughout the year.
Report writing though can certainly see us use some habits of behaviour that only seem to come out when things are difficult, challenging or when you have something really important to do.


Within any school, report writing time is a time where certain work styles are highlighted, stress for some is high, while others are calm, time moves faster for others and some seem to have control of the clock, speeding it up and slowing it down to suit them and others seem to think now is a great time to do anything but reports.

In all the schools I have worked in, what I usually find is there are most often 3 types of report writing teachers:

1. The ‘Get in and out as fast as you can’ report writing teacher.

These teachers have their reports half-written before the annual ‘Report Writing’ staff meeting, they finish well before the due date and they just seem to be able to get them done no matter what. They are organised, have all their notes filled alphabetically all year long and can put their hand on any assessment you ask for at any time day or night. Their ability to do this seems to keep everyone puzzled. How do they do it?

2. The ‘I’ll do it tomorrow’ teacher.

This teacher relies heavily on tomorrow, only tomorrow never comes, meaning everything is left until the last minute. You can sense them the day before reports are due as they move around the school in a mad rush, stress and panic and the days following are filled with sighs of relief and are heavily fuelled by coffee as they try to stay awake after such a mad rush to the finish line. ‘It will be different next year’, they say, but it never is…

3. The ‘A bit here and a bit there’ teacher.

This teacher sits somewhere in between, a little bit here and there, maybe a well planned out approach of one or two a day over a few weeks. Their mantra is ‘slow and steady wins the race’. Not only are their reports in on time, but they don’t even break a sweat, no markers of stress and no panic to the end. These teachers seem to have it somewhat down pat. They remain calm and steady, never faulting. They are the envy of all other staff.

No matter what kind of Report Writing Teacher you are, or how you approach the task of writing reports, itis never an easy job, so thank you for all the time, effort and energy you put into this task.

So, what kind of report writing teacher are you??

Why asking for help is the best teaching strategy you will ever use!

I was recently asked how I got so good at teaching, how I know so much and why I have a large suite of skills in the teaching and learning space.

Apart from this being a massive compliment, it was also a bit of stump for me. How? I don’t really know… I have over 12 years experience, surely that’s why?

I sat with this for a while, playing the questions over and over in my head, when I finally realised how…

In my first years of teaching, there was no denying I was eager to please and ready to do my best. I certainly didn’t know what I know now, and there was so much I had to learn as a new teacher, and that’s exactly why I did. I learnt.

At every moment possible I asked for help. I was constantly in my mentor’s office asking for help on this and that, having her in my classroom model lessons for me and help me, set up groups. I was like a sponge, and probably like that annoying student who never stops asking questions too.

Asking for help was the best thing I could have done as a new teacher. I learnt so much, was keen and eager and certainly was not afraid to fail.

Asking for help can sometimes make you think people will judge you, making you wonder if you are good enough, or that you don’t know what you are doing when you’re should or that you’re failing at teaching.

This isn’t the case.

Asking for help is a strength, not a weakness. It sees you improve and be even better. It shows other you too are here to learn, grow and improve. Not because you aren’t good enough, but because learning never ends, for our students and us.

Be brave. Ask for help.

Lean on those around you. Ask your colleagues and teacher friends, or the teacher you don’t really know but who everyone says is amazing, ask your school leader or principal, ask in your network or neighbouring school. The great thing about teachers is that they are always willing to help.

What do you need help in?
Who can help you?
Can I help you?

Asking for help is the best thing you can do, no matter where it is you are needing help, or where you want to improve.

Make time for you – 5 easy ways to start now!

Time for you is just as important as the time you give anyone else.

NEVER FORGET THIS.

Just 20 – 30 minutes a day of self-care a day is enough to allow you to press pause on the outside world, connect in and re-energise in order to keep going.

I reluctantly use the phrase ‘keep going’, but it is what so many of us tell ourselves; ‘just keep going’. So we do. We just keep going, and before we know it, we are more tired than normal, unable to cope with even the most basic tasks, making little errors that we normally wouldn’t, snapping at family and friends, becoming emotional and eventually not coping at all. We have all been here.

Spending time taking care of you is what allows you to move beyond this, and rather than keep going, you keep living.

Not sure how to spend those 30 minutes? Here are 5 things to do now that are about taking care of you, help connect with your soul and allow you to live in a positive and flourishing way.

 

  1. Spend time in nature

The outdoors, fresh air, sunshine and living things are known to boost the happy chemicals in your brain, as well as give you a sense of calm. Go for a walk, find a nice park and sit on a bench and breathe in the fresh air, watch the sunrise or set. Take yourself outside and let nature do its work, it is a natural and free resource waiting for you.

  1. Journal

Our brain can be one big complicated mess sometimes. It can have us thinking, saying and doing things that we don’t even realise or that later we may not be so happy with. Journaling is a great tool to get deep into the layers of our brain and thinking space to discover what is really going on. Take a pen and write. Ask yourself these questions:

What is going on for me right now?

What is bothering me the most?

How would I like it to be?

What changes can I make right now?

How will this make me feel?

  1. Smile

Smile. Laugh. Share a joke. The simple act of smiling is infectious and known to boost your mood, reduce stress and can very quickly change your start. The beauty of this is that it also has ripple effects which last long after the initial smile.

  1. Have a hobby

A hobby. Something you do just for you, that bring you joy, is not connected to work, and something that you 100% choose and enjoy. Painting, getting lost in a great novel, gardening, hiking, knitting, anything that is just for you. Hobbies are ways to reduce stress, improve mood and allow you to get out of your comfort zone by doing something you enjoy and taking you away from the business if the day.

  1. Do nothing

Yes, nothing. No playing on social media, no TV, no book. NOTHING. A cup of tea or your favourite drink and do nothing. Why? Because at times our body needs space to heal, to escape the chaos of life, to just be. Use this time to sit and be. If you find your mind wanders too much, use some calming music to help you, some meditation music, or try a guided meditation to assist in calming your mind and to get in the space of nothing.

 

There you have it. My 5 tips for taking care of you for 20-30 minutes a day. Start with one of these, and if every day is too much right now, try every other day, and build up from there. You deserve it.

I’d love to know what other self-care tips you have too. Let me know via my FB page https://www.facebook.com/amygreentheteacherscoach/ 

5 Tips to Getting Organised and Improving Your Well-Being

‘I can’t find my folder’
‘Where are those worksheets’
‘I totally forgot about this meeting’
‘I just don’t have time to write my reports…’
Sound like you?
Being organised is not just something you should try and get on top of, it is actually a skill to master.
Being organised is totally underrated, and something teachers would benefit from being taught at university. The more organised you are, the better your wellbeing is. Wellbeing is actually linked to how you live your life, and part of that is being organised. You see, being unorganised can put you in a constant state of panic and stress, it can make you feel rushed and overwhelmed and you can often feel like you are behind in your work.
Why?
Because being unorganised means you can’t find things, you waste time looking for things and then don’t have time for other tasks, you don’t have systems to help store things like your assessment and worksheets and your desktop is messy.
How is this linked to wellbeing? Well, if you are constantly looking for things, feeling rushed or overwhelmed and in a state of chaos, so is your mind. Your mind reflects your environment and your behaviour.
Feeling stressed? Your mind takes this on. Feeling rushed? Your mind takes this on. Feeling unorganised?
Your mind takes this on. You can’t improve your wellbeing if you mind is messy, chaotic and unorganised. So if you are looking to improve your wellbeing, get organised.

5 Tips to Getting Organised and Improving Your Well-Being

1. Tidy up your desktop and ‘My Documents’ folder. If you open your laptop and look at chaos, you are telling your mind to get in chaos, and also wasting time looking for that document you can never find.

2. Implement a filing system for your worksheets; completed, to be used and to be finished. Take it one step further and order your ‘to be used’ worksheets in order of use. Sounds simple I know, but imagine how much time it will save if you know exactly where that worksheet is.

3. Keep all your assessment in one place and record your data as it happens. Sick of looking for your assessment, or adding in data in one big bulk at the end of the term? Well, record it and file it as soon as you can. That way you have the information you need in a timely manner and can respond it straight away, and you know where to find the data when you need it.

4. Set a regular time aside to tidy your classroom and desk. I know this may sound silly, but your classroom and desk can quickly resemble a kids playpen if you don’t stay on top of it. Tidy your desk each day before you leave so you are coming in each morning to a tidy, organised desk, and make sure to regularly clean your classroom.

5. Write down everything and keep a list.
In a busy day, which is every teaching day, we have so much to do, remember, and well, do. It is easy to get in the car at the end of the day only to realise you didn’t do that 1 essential thing and have to go back into your classroom and do the forgotten task. Avoid this at all costs by keeping a list of to do’s (I personally have one for school and one for home), carry it with you, write EVERYTHING on it, when you have time to get things done look at the list and do the next most essential thing, not the easiest, then cross I off and keep going.

These things will not only make your day easier but also ripple into improving your well-being. Why? Because you won’t feel as stressed, and chaotic, as overwhelmed or as unorganised, which means your mind will be calmer, more settled and you should feel happier, meaning your wellbeing has improved. Yay!

5 things to do on school holidays so you actually get a holiday, and get your work done too!

Holidays are nearly here, we have been waiting for this, counting down even, yet the holidays as we know will be gone before we even lift those books to mark into the house.

Making a plan for holidays is as essential as planning your day, if not holidays end and you feel like you need another holiday just to get everything done.

So can you make sure you get the most out of your holidays, feel rested but also like you have achieved what you intended?

Here are my 10 tips for making the most out of holidays:

  1. Make a list (actually 2)

Holidays are about 2 things; relaxing and getting stuff done. The best way to ensure you get both of these things done is to make a list of everything you want to achieve. Why 2 lists? One for school related stuff and one for home/life-related stuff. If it is not on the list, it most likely won’t happen, or will loom over you when you are trying to relax and enjoy your time off.

 

  1. Plan out when the stuff on the list will happen. This is a simple case of ‘plan to fail, fail to plan’. I find there are two ways people approach this; either it is getting the list stuff done in the first few days and taking the rest of the time to relax, or relaxing first and using the last few days of holidays to get stuff done. There are also a small few who like to do something each day; maybe first thing in the morning or last thing at night when everyone else is asleep. For me, I like to have holidays all to myself so I work hard the week before school ends and once I finish up on the last day I am done. This is purely a decision you have to make for you and how you best work.

 

  1. Schedule the items on your list. It’s one thing to have a plan and know morning you are going to do something, or you have 3 days before you are off on a cruise so you must get everything done, but without a schedule, you are leaving most of it to chance and from my experience, this just doesn’t work
  2. You need a schedule for what you will do when, and this needs to be done in advance. Break the time you have into 30minute chunks and schedule in exactly what to do when, This way when you get started you know exactly what you are doing and you don’t have to worry about what to do once you start. No schedule is a recipe for procrastination and a great way to get distracted and end up doing nothing. Once you have your schedule you will be sure to be ticking things off your list.
  1. Add time to relax and take time off to your schedule. It is easy to think we have plenty of time in holidays to relax and recharge, but it can easily happen that holidays are gone and we haven’t really stopped at all. Plan in time for time off. It is that easy.

 

  1. Decide what you will do for self-care and relaxing. It is easy to say you want to do it, and even set aside time for it, but if you don’t know what you are doing, it is likely you will end up doing nothing or even worse, school work or housework because you just don’t know what to do and you can’t sit still! So what do you want to do? A holiday or short break somewhere, read a book, get a massage, learn a new skill or take up a craft (I love time for macramé). It doesn’t matter what it is, but it does matter you know what it is, and you put this in your schedule.

 

There you have it, 5 steps to ensuring you get the most out of your holidays, get your school work done, home/life stuff done and also make time for self-care.

 

Whatever you do these holidays, make sure you enjoy them, you deserve it.

Let go of your emotion, choose your emotion

Emotions aren’t as they seem.

Emotions are energy. Emotions shape our world, our reality, our life. They are there to assist you and help you to feel a certain way when an event occurs and as you go throughout your day.

There are more emotions to feel then we realise, yet we often only use the same emotions over and over; happy, sad, angry, frustrated, annoyed, pleased, excited, neutral. This is pretty much the list of emotions we engage in on a daily or weekly basis.

But here’s the thing, emotions are our choice. Emotions are something we are taught to do, to feel, to experience, and often we only know and engage in a small number of emotions, which means this is how we often feel and this is where we stay.

Ever wondered why 2 people can experience the same thing, and one person can be a little annoyed and another can be furious?

Well, it is the way they respond to the event that causes them to feel this way.

There is a theory or this called E+R=O; Event + Response = Outcome.

What this means is, it is not the event that causes how we feel, or the outcome it is our response to the event that influences the outcomes.

Whilst we can’t always control the event, we can certainly control our response, which in return affects the outcome.

Now before you tell me there is no way you could feel anything but furious when your partner is late for dinner, or that feeling annoyed about the extra meeting that has occurred this week is the only appropriate response, I want you to ask yourself, is this the only way to feel? And, would everyone else feel the same as you? The answer to both of these questions is no.

People choose to feel differently all the time, even about the same situation. The power in this is, those who understand that emotion and feeling is a choice, have more control over their lives, and essentially allow more positivity and happiness to be part of their day.

Why?

Because these people know being frustrated, annoyed or furious at something that was out of their control is a waste of their energy, and actually gets them nowhere.

Now don’t get me wrong, yes it can be annoying when your partner is later for dinner, and an extra meeting can be frustrating too, but it doesn’t mean you have to take in this emotion and carry it with you into other areas of your life.

So what do you do the?

Well, when an event happens, ask yourself how you feel, acknowledge your first emotion, but ask yourself, is it worth me feeling this way? (the answer is probably no), h

ow else could I choose to feel? What would this mean? How would this make me feel instead? How would things be different?

Try this, try choosing different emotions.

You can choose your emotion, you can choose how you feel. You can choose to be positive and happy.

Morning Rituals – How to set your day up for success.

I’m sure you have heard of the different things successful people do to start their day. I’m sure you’ve heard of the 5am Club, the people who get more things done before you even get to work and people who say that doing things soon after you wake are the best times to ensure success.

Myself, I’m a big believer of morning rituals. How you start your day really does shape how you see your day. How you start your day can be what impacts whether or not you’re in a good mood or a bad mood, able to see the positive or the negative, whether or not you’re calm, relaxed and easing into the day or whether or not you feel rushed, anxious or already overwhelmed before you even enter the workplace.

It’s the morning rituals that we go through that not only shape our day but also shape us, they allow us to check in with who we want to be and they allow us to ensure that the path we start on at the start of each day is the path we end on. Morning rituals are more than just a ritual to get you out bed and out the door quickly, they are designed to become our habits, the things we do consistently.

Morning rituals are about checking in with yourself, they are about tuning into your brain and your thought patterns. Morning rituals are designed to ensure that you’re healthy, energised, feeling positive and have everything you need to start your day. Morning rituals are like lesson starters, a tuning-in activity. What you doing your morning ritual allows you to set the scene, it allows you to capture your audience, it allows you to get your brain ready and prepared to take on any obstacle with ease. If you ask any successful person they’ll tell you that a morning ritual isn’t just about making sure that you’ve had a strong cup of coffee and checking your Facebook feed, morning rituals include things like setting your goals, revisiting goals you have already set, exercise, meditating taking your vitamins, habits which ensure that you able to take on your day in a way that will move you forward.

Imagine someone who has a morning ritual which goes like this; their alarm goes off but they hit snooze three times before they have even managed to roll out of bed, when their feet hit the floor they’re tired, they yawn, they slouch over, they stumble and fumble as they try to get up and slowly make their way to the kitchen. Here they boil the kettle, and before they’ve even really opened their eyes, they down a cup of coffee. A second cup of coffee follows them into the lounge room, where they sit down and turn on the morning news and watch headlines, they see nothing but sad stories, doom and gloom, and things which just don’t inspire us. Before long they realise they are already running late. They rush to have a shower and throw whatever clothes on they can find, they search for their car keys and head out the door, their lunch is still in the fridge, their laptop is on their kitchen bench. Then, because they’re rushing, they find themselves stuck in traffic, they find themselves racing against the clock and realising they’re going to be late. When they arrive at work they are already filled with stress, overwhelm and are annoyed at themselves because they’ve allowed themselves to start their day like this. Now because this person has started the day in such a bad place, everything else that happens to them during the day is going to be even harder, even more stressful, even more overwhelming, because if we don’t start our day in the right place, everything else that comes our way seems even harder to manage.

Here’s a different story. This person starts the day out with their alarm going off, as they hit snooze they know that they have 5 minutes to lie in bed and practice their affirmations and some deep breathing. When the alarm goes off again they know that they need to get out of bed. They gently stand up and stretch, walk towards the kitchen boil the kettle and make themselves a cup of hot water, green tea, lemon and water or apple cider vinegar, something that is good for their insides and for waking up the body. This is followed by some journalling, some writing of gratitude or writing goals and things are they aiming to achieve. Some days this is even followed by 5 or 10 minutes of meditation where this person gets to check in with themselves, do more deep breathing and focus on what it is that they are driving towards achieving, maybe this is a goal, maybe this is clarity, maybe this is success, maybe this is acceptance, maybe it’s confidence or maybe it’s trust. By doing this, this person is now in a calm state and it means that when they have their shower and get dressed they can do it being calm and mindful. This person heads out the door grabbing everything they need, their lunch, their water bottle, their keys, their work items, and they calmly and easily make their way to the car. This person has left that was more than enough time to get to work on time and when they’re there, they have time to grab another cup of coffee, check in with friends, colleagues and people in the workplace. They’re able to set up for their day and when they’re ready they can begin their work in a calm, happy, mindful state. Because this person has started their day with solid rituals and their body knew what to expect, it means that this is the habit of how they feel and their brain naturally feels calm. Whatever else comes during the day, they approach in a more mindful, positive, vibrant way because they’ve allowed themselves to set this up right at the start of the day before they even leave the house.

So, thinking about these two examples, how do you start your day? What are your morning rituals? Do you have any morning rituals? Maybe you’ve never thought about this, and this is OK, but now you have read this article, ask yourself, how do you want to start your day? What changes could make? Maybe start with not pressing snooze three times? Maybe get things ready the night before? Maybe it’s starting the day with a drink that’s going to energize your body; some hot water with lemon or a cup of green tea and following that with some journalling or some goal-setting or just a few deep breaths.

Are you just dating teaching?

Are you just dating teaching?

With it being Valentine’s day it seems appropriate to talk about my love of teaching, the passion, commitment and attention I give it.

For me, teaching is an all in kind of relationship. It’s not something you fool around within the side, and it’s something you can just date, it’s a full-on, 100%, all in relationship.

Teaching is one of those relationships you just can’t stop thinking about. It’s one you think about as you drift off to sleep, it’s there when you wake up and want to be with you ALL weekend, it’s hard to escape.

If you are in a relationship with teaching, you know exactly what I’m thinking about, but if you’re just dating teaching, well I need you to know this…

Dating. It’s not really committing, is it?

It’s kind of a safe zone – you can have a bit of fun, get what you need out of it, and when things get a bit messy or a bit ugly, you can quickly run away, wipe your hands clean and say ‘not my problem’.

Sorry to say this… but if you are dating teaching you need to break up.

Teaching is not something you date. You need to go all in. Commit. Give it your all. Be there. Stay strong.

Just like any relationship, teaching has its ups and downs, it’s hard, there is certainly a ‘getting to know you’ phase, but once you get past that and all the awkwardness, teaching can actually be quite fun.

Teaching requires a certain level of commitment. It might not be marriage material, but it has to be up there. If you are going to make it through the ups and downs, the late nights, the petty arguments and the miscommunications, you need to commit.

Don’t date teaching, commit, go all in!

Happy Valentine’s Day Teachers 😊

Get your classroom organised in 2019

For those who know me well, you would know I am a fan of being organised. In fact, it is also something I teach and work with many teachers on.

If you don’t have an organised classroom, or office, or desk, you can constantly feel in a mess! And when you are in a mess at school your whole life suffers.

One of this biggest thing that can get in your way of your day going smoothly is being organised. Bits of paper spread across your desk, piles of student books on the floor, documents saved on your computer but you never know where to find them – this is all adding to the chaos of your day, and can so easily be fixed!

So, with 2018 coming to an end, yes you can pretty much forget it existed, those papers, books and files are done with, but let’s not repeat that same thing for 2019, it’s time to get organised. Here a my top 5 tips for organising your classroom so you can then organise you!

 

  1. Organising student work and assessment:  

Purchase an expandable file, label each tab with a students name and filing is now made easy.

Kmart has these beauties in a range of lovely colours and for only $6.00

https://www.kmart.com.au/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/SearchDisplay?searchTerm=expandable+file&categoryId=&storeId=10701&catalogId=10102&langId=-1&pageSize=30&beginIndex=0&sType=SimpleSearch&resultCatEntryType=2&showResultsPage=true&searchSource=Q&pageView=

  1. A space for rubbers, paper lips and those small bits and pieces

Next time you are in Woolworths, grab yourself one or two of their ice cube trays. They are great for storing the small items you and your students can never seem to find; paper clips, erasers, your marking stamp…

Keep this on your desk and you and your students know where to find things and where to return them.

https://www.woolworths.com.au/shop/productdetails/521895/?istCompanyId=909b5da6-e33c-4de8-a6e2-0861c4cbcd86&istItemId=-xtaimrimar&istBid=t&&cmpid=smsm:ds:GOOGLE:Woolies_SmartShopping_Home+%26+Outdoor:PRODUCT_GROUP&gclid=CjwKCAiAl7PgBRBWEiwAzFhmmsR_PFwgSQ3gBzVx64uaDBtUF6Grr_le65Cud13XUocgK1v9XPLa2RoCJsEQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

 

  1. Desktop clutter

Nothing drives me more insane than messy desks. Pencil pots, rulers and scrap bits of paper can often be seen covering classroom tables at the end of the day, but not any more. This great item from Ikea can serve as a place for all your desktop needs to be stored while you sleep soundly. At then end of each day have students remove all desk items and neatly arrange here and no longer will you have to spend time after school picking  up  the stary pencils, paper or tiny pieces of eraser.

 

https://www.ikea.com/au/en/catalog/products/70333977/

 

4.       Students Mailbox

Student items, messages and notes can be second behind the desk clutter. Try using one of these show racks as individual pouches for student belongings. You can use them for notes to go home, homework or even a place to encourage students to write kind messages to each other. It’s also a great way to keep track of who did and didn’t take their homework home!

 

https://www.amazon.com.au/MISSLO-Pockets-Organizer-Hanging-Storage/dp/B00N2G2UOI

 

2.       Get a good diary

Of course, a good teacher diary is essential to be able to plan your days, lessons and self. The Teachers’ Coach Diary for 2019 is a must have. You can plan lessons and your day, but also plan for you by setting goals, practicing gratitude and recording your top must do’s and like to do’s for the day.

Download your free sample or purchase here:2019-teacher-diary

http://www.theteacherscoach.com.au/organisation  

  

TEACHERS – How to Survive the Anxiety of Monday

Monday morning can be hard. It is here before you know it, the weekend flies by and all of a sudden panic hits because you just aren’t ready!

The feeling is all too common.

But no matter what you do, there is no avoiding it, it is coming fast, head on, like a tsunami ready to take anything in its path that isn’t prepared.

For some, this is fine, they are ready, prepared, organised. For others though, this is a real disaster, there is no saving them, they are a mess, running from here to there and anticipating what is to come but feeling helpless.

And then it hits!

Monday is here.

So how is it some not only survive, but are also calm when Monday strikes? And how is it that some of us feel like a fly buzzing in a jar, not getting anywhere?

Here are my 7 tips for Surviving The Anxiety of Monday:

  1. Be organised before you leave on Friday

One of the biggest mistakes I see Teachers make is leaving work on a Friday without being organised. I know it is tempting to run out the door with your students, but my number one rule is: ‘If I don’t have my week organised, I am staying’. Before leaving on a Friday. make sure you have everything for the following week done; lessons planned, books marked, sheets printed and photocopied where you can, resources made and timetable and day planner done. This way you don’t have to worry about frantically getting ready on Monday morning, and the extra hour staying behind on Friday will be worth it.

2. Go to bed early

Don’t roll your eyes… Sleep is essential, and a late night on Sunday night can really throw you off for the rest of the week. You wake up sleepy, you are grumpy, your energy is low all day. Plan for this, set a bedtime, let others in your house know and start to prepare for this 30mins before lights out. A good night sleep will see you wake up feeling refreshed, l in a good mood and with more energy.

3.  Make your lunch the night before

Leftovers, a thrown together salad or a tin of tuna with some veggies are all easy ways to throw together an easy lunch. By doing this the night before you are totally avoiding the rush and craziness of trying to throw something together and avoid the possibility of it being nothing, or even worse, the last LCM bar or whatever is on special at your local corner store. If you want to take this to the next level, try cooking a big batch of something for lunches all week (one of my favourites is mince, tinned tomatoes and other veggies, then top with cheese and salsa).

4. Go over your day on Sunday night

When Sunday night rolls around it is easy to want to do nothing, but by giving yourself half an hour to re-read of your week, it can help put your mind at ease by reminding yourself what you are doing, what you need to think about for tomorrow and what you need to do when you arrive. This can dramatically reduce anxiety on a Monday as it helps you to know what to focus on and what can wait.. It also means you avoid the Monday Morning freak out of ‘What an I doing today??’.

5. Have everything ready for Monday morning

Waking up Monday and going into an instant spin is all too common for teachers. Avoid this by getting things ready on a Sunday night; pack you bag (or car), choose your clothes and have them ready to go (this means ironing them if needed), have your breakfast organised, you lunch ready and and other food and do any other little jobs you usually do on a Monday morning. Waking up and feeling organised can mean you are much calmer from the start.

6. Give yourself time to unwind

At the end of the weekend, unwind time can be important to help you not only calm down but also switch off and sleep. If you have had a busy weekend running here and there, or were away, or just didn’t stop, Sunday night wind down time is a must. Choose a movie, a good book, your favourite reality TV show and settle down with a cup of tea and breathe. The last few moments of your weekend spent doing this will tell the body it is now time to rest and be ready for tomorrow as well as allow the brain to be calm as you are all organised for the week ahead

7. Make a list 

Still can’t stop thinking about work? This can be totally normal, but one way to help manage this is keeping a list. Write down anything that pops up so you won’t forget it. This way you know it is there and you can deal with it tomorrow.

So now you know my top 7 things which I personally use to beat the Anxiety of Monday Morning.

Try it and see how it works for you. 

I’d love to know.

Amy – The Teachers’ Coach