4 ways to have a fun and stress-free spooky holiday this year!

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Holidays in general are fun to celebrate and Halloween with all the costumes, sweets and decorations but recent years due to the pandemic and the aftermath, many (especially teachers) aren’t feeling the festive mood. Most are tired, stressed and show signs of burnout.

There’re ways though to make the spooky holiday season less stressful and more fun and even relaxing!:

  • It’s OK to not participate in trick-or treating this year. You can organize smaller scale (scary) egghunts.
  • For decorations, focus on just a few areas like the kitchen or the bedroom. Decorate one wall and use one dominant color scheme. Use more pastel and less orange for example.
  • Instead of full body constumes for grown-ups you can wear small spooky stickers or pins.
  • For language teachers: try focusing on just one aspect of the holiday instead of the usual holiday themed lessons. You don’t need to include all the lantern-witch-skeleton-bat-etc…variety of vocabulary and exercises you do every year. If you have adult students and they’re willing then you can also talk about famous cemeteries. Talk about previous holidays and how you and your students will spend the holiday this year.

Hope these tips will help you have a more relaxing holiday!

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5 ways to cope with teacher burnout

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Teachers are experiencing burnout even more so since the pandemic and since the necessity of online teaching has increased. Here are 5 ways to cope with teacher burnout:

  • Automate common tasks you have to do daily.
  • Schedule self-care the same way you schedule other tasks.
  • Create templates and go-to sheets.
  • Share tips and discuss teaching with other teachers.
  • Create clear boundaries with your students and let them know when you’re available to help them or answer their questions.

Hope these tips will help you create a better work-life balance and reduce stress and burnout!

Students show signs of extreme burnout after returning to schools post-covid.

Note: This is not a scholarly work where I would show you statistics, these’re just my observations and conclusions drawn from personal experience and other teachers’ and parents’ observations.

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Children and young adults show signs of extreme burnout after returning to schools post- Covid. It’s not something unexpected but the almost total lack of motivation in some cases is still astounding… Have we underestimated the long term impact of being without significant social interactions for such a long period of time? It seems kids don’t bounce back as fast as we hoped. The shrinking of vocabulary and the even stronger connection to their devices still prevail after the initial hurray of welcoming the possibility of spending time with their friends and classmates again. The most striking sign of distress however is their total lack of interest in learning in general and this is true for students who used to like attending school and learn before as well. In many cases all kids want to do is play on their phones or on the computer – before, during and after school. The stuff that was OK to play with during the pandemic cannot be easily taken away from them now.

This worrying trend doesn’t seem to be resolved anytime soon. We hoped that the psychological impacts won’t last too long but it seems educators and parents have been losing the battle against the new/old reality of this generation.