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HOW TO STAY C A L M

The teacher world right now is very overwhelming. There are so many conversations happening about what the upcoming school year will be like and I know that I'm not the only one who feels stressed out just thinking about it. But there are some things that I am doing to stay calm and avoid the panic until I find out what my board (district) is doing.


AVOID CONVERSATIONS OF "WHAT IF" "WHY" & "HOW"

There are too many people having conversations that are all based on speculation. For sure there are people that already know what their school is planning on doing and are in work mode trying to figure it out but, these conversations of what may happen can be stress-inducing and harmful to your mental health.


PREPARE FOR ANY SCENARIO PRESENTED

This may sound like it's a lot of extra work but I can promise you that it is not. Every time I think of a new lesson idea or see something at a store that would be great in my classroom, I always ask myself:

- How would I used this in the classroom?

- Would this be useful for distance learning?

- Can I ensure the safety of my students when they are doing this activity/lesson?


As a teacherspayteachers product creator, I am also asking myself these questions when I am creating something new because I do not want to leave my fellow teachers stranded. Things are difficult enough as it is so I am trying to help by creating resources that could be used both in the classroom and online.


CHECKING YOUR BOARD (DISTRICT) EMAIL AND WEBSITE

Any information about your upcoming school year will find it's way to you through your email and the board (district) website. Keep tabs on these two areas to find out what will be happening for your school year. They also should be providing timelines for when teachers will find out more information that you can mark in your planner so you know when to expect an answer.


KEEP UP WITH EDUCATION NEWS FROM THE GOVERNMENT

If you work for a school board or in your district, chances are the government is making all of the decisions for your school year. So everyone is waiting on them to make a decision. I am saying it's important to keep up with the news from the government because we knows these people usually have never step food in the classroom. We know that they might be trying their best too but they do not understand what it's like to be in a room full of 7 year olds. If the government makes a decision that you feel would risk your health or the health of your students, speak up. These people need to hear the teacher's voices because we know what it was like before COVID and we have a good idea of what it will look like after if we are in school with minimal safety measures.

REMIND YOURSELF THAT WE ARE ALL TRYING OUR BEST

Remember that no one could have predicted that situation and we all had to work hard to transition from an in class learning model to completely online. We are all trying our best and when you find out what will happen for you during this school year, I know you are going to do your best to help your students and make sure they still have a great school year!


PUT YOURSELF IN YOUR STUDENTS SHOES

These kids and their families have been through a lot. And I am sure a lot of them are nervous about returning to school or what the new school year to bring. I try to put myself in their shoes and think about all the questions they may have or all the things they may be wondering. I am preparing answers to important questions that are age appropriate but I also think about how they may be feeling and what I can say or do to comfort them.


TRY TO STAY POSITIVE!

The only way we are all going to get through this is if we hold our heads up high and try to stay positive! Don't let yourself feel down about what is happening. Try and look for the positive in each situation.


Take the time to enjoy your summer! I know that may be hard to hear but for your own mental health, you need to find ways for you can be happy, stay positive and recharge for the upcoming, school year!


- GINA

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