Set realistic targets: I used to go into work at the start of the day and think 'right, i'm going to mark a set of books, plan five lessons for year 8 and organise this theatre trip. In reality I'd get five books marked, one lesson planned and not even think about the theatre trip.
The result was I'd go home feeling like I'd failed. Now I have a pad on my desk and write a to do list for each day. I feel much more in control, because I can physically see my work load and I work more systematically. I make realistic targets and at the end of the day, if I haven't achieved them, I think carefully about why not.
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For example, I didn't mark all my books because instead I spent half an hour chatting to a student who needed support. That way you take notice of everything you have achieved, realise it is not your fault that you haven't got through your workload and recognise that you've done some great things instead. Prioritise: Make a list of the things that are important to you and decide when you are going to give them some time.
This is not just a work list, your family life and interests are also part of your priorities. This will help you to decide if it is more important to take your children to the cinema, or to prepare a lesson in more detail because you are being monitored. Say no: Tell people firmly and politely that you won't have time or be able to do something at work.
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This could be your line manager, or it could even be your class. Both of them will respect you for telling the truth.
Headteachers are not impressed by someone who says yes all of the time, they are just grateful that someone is willing to over-work. Take a step back: Remember, you may enjoy it, but school is work.
It's great to enjoy your job, which means that at first you won't resent all the extra time you put into it. But if you keep on putting that extra effort in, you will start to resent it, and so will the people around you. Amanda Bailey, associate principal of the Bright Futures Educational Trust Practise mindfulness: We offer all staff mindfulness training at our schools, as an eight week twilight course.
Karen Edge, senior lecturer at the Institute of Education Force people to go home: At my partner's school, the head started locking up the school at an earlier time and forcing people to go home. Sandra Taylor, development manager for the Teacher Support Network Identify what's making you stressed: Before you can tackle stress you need to know what is stressing you out. Set yourself a goal to manage it and write it down using positive language. Susan Davis, senior lecturer at Cardiff Metropolitan University Don't get bogged down by the small stuff: I'd like to share some words of wisdom that one of my PGCE students said to me recently.
Jill Berry, former headteacher and education consultant Talk about stress with colleagues: Schools need to encourage a dialogue about workload and stress management. Jayne Morris, professional stress and well-being expert Begin your day calmly: Sit for two minutes before your pupils arrive in the morning and play some relaxation music. Sarahegg88, contributor Set realistic targets: I used to go into work at the start of the day and think 'right, i'm going to mark a set of books, plan five lessons for year 8 and organise this theatre trip. Stressinteaching, contributor Prioritise: Make a list of the things that are important to you and decide when you are going to give them some time.
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