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!

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