During the first lockdown, a few colleagues asked me for some tips. I usually can be found (with a brew in my hand) speaking to students between sessions. Part of the joy of my pre lockdown tour was to travel the country and see the similarities between areas.
Students returning to education following the unique experience of 2020, will have been exposed to fake news, or maybe scared because they think the building is not safe.
So with this in mind, my lockdown lowdown tour (60,000+ audience) has suggested the following things helped them feel less apprehensive and more confident.
Now I am not going to use the phrase “Next Slide Please” but get a clear picture of the day’s events. That way if you see a student say something that is false you can correct the information before it becomes an issue.
2. Take time to make time
Take the time to plan, work, rest. Make time for it all- have a time slot.
Listening and making time for concerned students and parents means so much.
Always start the conversation with ‘I only have…’ This allows you to control the conversation length and to arrange a suitable longer meeting if required. It will give you time to prepare.
3. Sleep / Work Hacks
To hack your sleep, no devices an hour before you head up to bed. Try AMSR soundscapes on YouTube. Rain is a winner, many of the channels are 10 hours in duration and the screen is blank so you can sleep. Apps like Calm.com and Headspace can also help you unwind after a long day.
If you can’t get hold of staff, parents, or managers for meetings?
A northern colleague made me laugh by saying “That’s not a problem here, we use a Mafia close. We simply make an offer they can’t refuse, we need a meeting, are you free at 3 pm today or 11 am tomorrow?” At no point can they answer without an agreed time.
Makes me smile every time I use this, even the most battle hard parent becomes a student on that call. Thanks Rob 🙂
4. You’ve got this
Seriously we’ve been in this for almost a year already, and you’re still rocking. Thank you for being awesome, this is not a fake gesture. Every single member of your staff needs a thank you, now, more than ever. Starting with you. You are the difference that makes the difference.
That’s why you teach 😉 YOU’VE GOT THIS!
5. Remember to Smile
Smiles are infectious and breed confidence, even in a mask you can spot a miserable person. Your eyes and body language say more than you can ever do in words. Stand up tall, you’re a teaching professional. Be proud!
The students will always be respectful to positive intent.
Even if you are having the worst day ever, students and staff need to see you smile.
I have done my level best to make this light-hearted, with the best intentions, and to start the sharing of best practices, tips, hacks, and my career…… bodges (why not!?)
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