With the end of the academic year in sight, it can be hard for teachers to stay motivated. This year in particular has been a very strange school year, with many teachers having to change the traditional methods of teaching in the classroom to online lessons and remote learning.
At this time of year, pupils are already looking forward to their summer holidays but with the added disruption of remote working and classroom-based teaching, it is a challenging time for most teachers who are feeling exhausted.
So, we have some tips to keep you motivated and your pupils focused before your well-earned rest.
Introducing interactive games or discussions to your lesson plans will help keep your pupils engaged. There are lots of resources from training courses, free online resources and books to help you develop as teachers, so take the time to read through these for interactive game ideas.
Although there are current social distancing rules in place, why not take the class outdoors. Changing the location of teaching will not only be an exciting change for the pupils, but it will also keep you and your students refreshed for the rest of the day.
Being outside, surrounded by nature is great for your mental health. You don’t need to take your pupils far, you can teach within the grounds of the school such as on the school playground, on the field or in a school garden.
Try something new
If you feel like you have fallen into a routine with your lesson plans and feel stuck in a rut, why not engage with your colleagues or other teachers. Sharing best practices and ideas with colleagues will help you find some inspiration on how to mix up your lessons.
There are also lots of groups on social media and blogs where teachers share ideas and lesson plans. You can join these groups to share and read about other experiences.
Take care of yourself
Teaching is a demanding job, which makes it so important that you have plenty of rest, planning and keeping healthy.
Do something for yourself every day, whether it is reading a book or catching up with friends on the phone, it is so important to give yourself time to switch off from work and focus on yourself. If you have a hobby, make time for it as much as you can, so that you can return to work refreshed and focused on your role.
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