Reaching the finishing line: 5 steps to end the school year on a high
It’s June and the summer holidays are just around the corner.
How you have dreamed of the summer holidays arriving! With their guarantee of rest and recuperation from the frantic nature of school.
Yet, there’s still a few weeks to go. Sometimes, you feel like Olaf from Frozen, wondering what it will be like when summer does come. Because right now, you’re not sure you’ve got the stamina to reach the finishing line.
Follow these three steps that will help you to finish the school year on a high and even have September ready to go too.
1) Review your to-do list
Grab yourself a pen and paper and ask yourself, what is it that you have got to have done before the end of the school year? Write out everything you can possibly think of that needs to be done, whether that is marking, planning, displays, new initiatives ready for September, the lot.
Brain dump everything onto your paper.
The next step is to go through your list and prioritise your tasks. Ask yourself things like:
Is this necessary?
Does anyone or anything else rely on this task being done?
What if this task is not done?
Is there a deadline? If so, when?
How important is this?
Put an A alongside all of the tasks that you absolutely must do. If there is more than one, number them A1, 2 etc.
Put a B alongside all of the tasks that “should” be done but are not a “need”.
Put a C alongside any, “it’d be nice to get this done” task.
3) Delegate and Eliminate
This may be a sticking point for you. Delegation and taking things off your to-do list may feel like cheating or underachieving but that’s simply not the case. In teaching, there is always something more that can be done. You are human and the strong likelihood is that you will not reach the end of your to-do list, even at the end of the summer term. So, take a deep breath and ask yourself these two questions:
Can this task only be done by me?
Does this task have to be done?
Be brave and delegate where you can. If you have admin staff, a colleague who excels in this area and will get it done in half the time, or students who love to be helpful, get them on board!
And if the answer to the last question is no (however reluctantly you may say it!), take it off your list.
Now that you have got your refined to-do list, it is time to schedule in when you are going to do your ‘A’ tasks. Look at your teacher planner and schedule in the time to do them.
Be realistic about how long it will take you, when is a good time to do it and the steps that you’ll need to do.
5) Take Action!
Now that your to-do list is in your planner, get going on it!
You’ll feel accomplished and on top of the world as you tick off each task.
Even better, it will enable you to switch off fully over the summer holidays and relax because you have earned it!
Gemma Drinkall helps women in education to create clear boundaries so that they can love teaching again. You can find out more by visiting linktr.ee/GemmaDrinkall