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How Teachers Can Stay Motivated After Spring Break
By: Janelle Cox
Returning from spring break is not just hard on the students, but the teachers as well. Whether you used your spring break for work or for fun, it’s still hard to get back into the groove and return to that normal school schedule. While many of you are busy trying to motivate your students to get back on track, you are forgetting to think about your own needs. After you have come to realization that you only have a few months left until summer vacation, you must work to the best of your ability to get through to the end of the school year. Here are a few ways you can stay motivated after spring break.
Spring Break: Create Attainable Goals
There is nothing more satisfying then creating a goal and reaching it. Whether it’s to spring clean your classroom or get through standardized testing, make sure that you set a goal and stick to it. Once you achieve your goal, you will feel motivated to set another one and another one. Then, before you know it the school year will be over. Remember to start small then work your way up to more complex goals.
You may have overindulged a bit over spring break, and that’s OK, but now that it’s over it’s time to keep healthy. Eating the rights foods and getting enough exercise will help you stay focused at work and make you feel more energized to accomplish all of your goals.
The first few weeks back from spring break you may feel sluggish and feel like your feet are dragging. Instead of procrastinating on the important things that you need to get down, move forward and get those things done. Excuses never get anybody anywhere, so stop making them and start checking off your to do list.
Keep Your Routine
If you are used to grading papers every Thursday after school, then continue to do so. Don’t change things up just because it’s getting close to the end of the school year. If this is what you are used to doing, then do it. You won’t even have to think twice about your daily routine and school will be over before you now it.
Get Enough Sleep
So maybe you had a couple of late nights over spring break and because of that you just can’t seem to get out of this funk. Sleep is everything, and if you want to stay focused on your job, then you need a lot of it. This means getting the proper amount of sleep each night. Do not stay up until midnight grading papers or scouring the Internet for new lesson ideas. Get the recommended amount of sleep each night and your body and mind will thank you for it.
Think about what inspires you and makes you happy. Go outside on your lunch break and take a walk with one of your colleagues. Look at nature and listen to the birds chirping and the whistling of the wind. Go take that yoga class that you have always wanted to try or take that online class that you have been eyeing up. Find what inspires you to help you get through the rest of the school year happy.
If you weren’t organized already, then now is the time to get organized. Teaching around a mass amount of clutter is not healthy for you and your students. Clutter equals stress, and that is not motivating. When you are organized then you always know where is, because everything always has a proper place. You will much more motivated to work and teach when your classroom as well as your stuff is organized.
Learn to live in the moment and use your mind to control your negative thoughts. This will help quite your mind and focus your thoughts. Take some time each day to just sit and breathe. This will help relax you and help you focus. By doing this each day for a few minutes you can increase your memory and attention span. When you are relaxed, then you are more apt to be motivated.
What’s a better motivator then a reward of something that you really want? Is there a vacation that you really want to go on in the summer? How about a new outfit or something for the house? Knowing that you have something to look forward to is a great motivator. Once you know your motivator, then you will work hard and push yourself to get it down so that you can receive your reward.
Keeping a positive attitude towards your work and your students will only help motivate you to survive the school year. Approaching everything that you do in life with a positive attitude will help motivate you to do your best.
While it may have been hard to say goodbye to the beaches, sun and fun of spring break. Just remember that you only have a few more months of the school year left to go. Try and do use the strategies listed above to help you stay motivated until the end of the school year.
How you stay motivated to teach after spring break? Do you have any tips that you would like to share? Please comment in the section below, we would love to hear your thoughts.
Janelle Cox is an education writer who uses her experience and knowledge to provide creative and original writing in the field of education. Janelle holds a Master's of Science in Education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She is also the Elementary Education Expert for About.com, as well as a contributing writer to TeachHUB.com and TeachHUB Magazine. You can follow her at Twitter @Empoweringk6ed, or on Facebook at Empowering K6 Educators.
We are at the point of the year, when time seems to move at warped speed and information is coming at us from all directions! I will do my best to keep you updated.
Please let me know if you would like to return to your leadership position again next year (grade level chair, SCA, yearbook etc.) or if you would like to take on a leadership role.
Week at a Glance
May 15-20~ National Educational Bosses' Week
May 17 ~ Progress Reports go home
May 18 ~ Spring Program Assembly 9AM
~~~~~~~~ Evening program at 6PM
May 19 ~ Spring SOL Testing Begins (May 19 through June 11)
~~~~~~~~SOL Test 4th Grade Reading Part I
May 20 ~ SOL TEST
~~~~~~~ 4th Grade Reading Part 2
Parkway Household News!
May 19 ~ Field Day T-shirt orders due
June 2 ~ 5:30 Board meeting
June 15 ~ 12:30 5th Grade Celebration Pizza Party
MUSIC SPRING PROGRAM
Please support the 1stand 2nd grade students as they present the Spring program, “KIDS ARE MUSIC”. The assembly will be for the kindergarten students on Wednesday, May 18 at 9:00 a.m. in the cafeteria.
The evening program will be presented to parents and the community at 6:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend to support. We also welcome former Parkway students, Davion Smith, who will do a mime presentation and Ayden Noteboom will be the accompanist for the 1st and 2nd grade students in their singing presentations.
They are high school and middle school students respectively.
Thanks to Logan Kehoe, former Parkway student who has come to rehearsal with Petit Voices and program participants amidst her finals at Princess Anne High School. She is a student in the IB program and is a rising senior.
ADULT ART CLUB
Any teacher desiring to escape reality? I have two afternoons open (MONDAY or WEDNESDAYS) to anyone who is interested to attend an ADULT ART CLUB one day a week for the rest of the school year. Stop by to see what we will create. After all, don’t you need some down time and sometime just for YOU?!
No experience in the Arts is necessary for this fun Project!
Let me know which day works best for you!
Robin I. Murberg
TECH TIPS FROM THE TST
Michelle Garner, Technology Support Technician
SOL TESTING PREPARATIONS – SPRING NON-WRITING EDITION – As of today, we are gearing up for SOL testing! Yay! I have begun working on final desktop and laptop preparation for the Spring Non-Writing SOL testing. This means that over the next week, I will be putting hands on, and doing final updates on, every single desktop and student laptop that will potentially be used for SOL testing from May 19 through the last week of school. It is extremely important that all instructional staff work together to make sure that ALL LAPTOPS in carts are in place, plugged in and charging BEFORE I work on carts. If something is missing, please let me know via email ASAP so we can begin tracking down the item NOW. I will work my hardest to try not to inconvenience anyone during testing, but please remember there may be a time when I have to move laptop carts or borrow them from other grade levels. Please be flexible!!!
UPLOADING IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS TO SHAREPOINT FOLDER
Last week and this week, I received a number of reports that teachers were unable to ‘drag and drop’ a required document to specific folders. If you find that you are unable drag and drop a document to a SharePoint folder that you have rights to, click on the FILE tab at the left top of the SharePoint page. You will see an icon to Upload Document. Select it, navigate to the document location on your computer and upload it that way.
Ms. Bullock would like to thank the PE staff for their assisting with the rehearsals for the spring program. They certainly were of great help in supervision with all of the
1st and 2nd grade students.
Also, thanks to 1st and 2nd grade teachers for being so accommodating during the in school rehearsals.
Thank you to all those who attended the SOL/PROCTORING training and for having such a positive attitude during our training. This is certainly a great start to our upcoming testing procedures.
~ Nicole ~
Selfie Stick Hand-Off
Rich Barger.....I would like to thank Mrs. Wagner for her very kind words, you were very kind my first year across the hall. There are many who I could pass this recognition to, however I want to tell my partner who keeps me on schedule and is a true pleasure to work with, THANK YOU for all you do! Kristie Osborne makes a difference and has a great positive impact on the young lives in kindergarten.
Thanks for all you do!