In the summer holidays it’s not just the kids who get to have a break. Teachers especially have earned a rest and deserve to unwind, whether they’re travelling to a new place on holiday, or just relaxing in the garden soaking up the sun.
Summer is the perfect time to recharge and look ahead to the new school year. To help you prepare for the new term here is a list of six tips to get you back into the teaching mindset and promote a positive attitude.
1. Set a list of goals
Having something to work towards encourages motivation and there’s plenty that can be accomplished once you set your mind to it. Write down a list of goals that you’d like to achieve over the school year, such as devoting time to helping a certain student or broadening your knowledge in another subject area.
After you’ve written the goals, list a positive inventory of your skills as a reminder of what you can do to benefit your students. You could also make a list of what you can improve on and keep a track of progress. Reward yourself every time you’ve accomplished a goal by doing something you enjoy.
2. Create a music playlist for the year
Music is a great way to feel uplifted, so prepare a playlist of all your favourite tracks. This could be on your phone or through an online service like Spotify. Concentrating on songs that boost your mood will encourage relaxation.
3. Invest in some colour
Bring the colours of summer with you, whether that means putting a vase of flowers on the desk or displaying bright banners around the room. Research has shown that different colours affect your mind and introducing certain colours to your surroundings can boost productivity.
4. Reach out to parents and students with a welcome back letter
Creating a letter is a great way of showing students you value their education and also helps prepare the parents. Mail the letter a few weeks before the start of term and make sure it includes personal information, what kids can expect on the first day, classroom rules, school policies and how parents can get in touch.
If you have a study trip planned with WST, contact our team today and we can help you with resources to let parents know more. We also have Trip HQ, a central area to store and share useful information, resources and inspiring stories for your trip
5. Prepare bulletin boards
Bulletin boards are ideal for displaying important school events, assignments and student work. Spruce the board up with eye-catching graphics to make it stand out so students and parents will be encouraged to read over it.
6. Let your optimism shine through
After a well-earned summer holiday you should feel rejuvenated and ready to take on the new academic year. We understand that teachers have a lot on their plate so it is important to make sure you know your limits. Teachers often have a great way of letting their positivity shine through and boosting the mood in the classroom!
At WST, we’re dedicated to giving teachers and their students an unforgettable travelling experience. If you’re planning on arranging a school trip for the new year, get in touch with our team to see how they can help.