Thanksgiving has flown past us and before we know it, Christmas will be here! Even though this is a glorious time of year, it can be accompanies by elevated levels of stress. There’s commitments at school and commitments at home. It can all add up! Between the colder weather, school breaks, and the anticipated visits from the man in red…your students are excited and chances are you might see that come out in the classroom. Good news! The holiday season doesn’t have to equal extra stress, if you’re prepared! Keep reading for a few easy to implement holiday tips for teachers!
Here are 10 practical tips for surviving the holiday season with minimal stress. It’s all about working smarter, not harder!
1. Stay Focused
2. Make Lists
Keep yourself organized by writing things down or making lists. Sticky notes are your friend. Trust me! Write yourself a note and then put it where you can see it. Set an alarm on your phone if you need to. Don’t rely on your memory during this time of year. (Or any time if you’re like me and find yourself forgetting things as you get older!) Make lists so you can prioritize and make the most of surviving the holiday season.
3. Take Care of Yourself
4. Be Firm
- Review classroom procedures.
- Practice following procedures the correct way and continue this throughout the season.
- Be prepared to do this again when students return from winter break.
- Look for students making positive choices and compliment them for their correct choices, thus setting an example for others.
5. Be Over Prepared
6. Schedule High-Interest Projects and Activities
7. Be You
8. Get Parents Involved
9. Keep the Last Day Low Key
10. Clean Up and Prepare