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Preparing for the Christmas period as a teacher


Preparing for the Christmas period as a teacher


With it being the start of December, anticipation is built not just in the classroom, but all over the country, for the Christmas period. So, what possible problems does this propose in the classroom? And what can we do as teachers to ensure the best for our students through this exciting, and sometimes distracting time?


Try not to loosen your behavioural expectations

The Christmas period for children can most of the time impact their capability to learn. Maybe they're too focused on what they're getting Christmas morning, or due to past classes/teachers, their expectations in the classroom have skewed from the norm. All it takes is a past teacher to allow them to behave poorly purely for the sake of Christmas and their future learning is affected. We need to ensure their good behaviour is maintained. Easing up on your expectations will create a big problem in the future, difficult to reverse. So by keeping and controlling the same classroom rules, the behaviour among the class isn't jeopardised. A good idea is to reward the student’s good behaviour with festive activities, to allow them to gauge an even better idea of your expectations.


Introduce festive activities

Although it's essential we continue our normal studies, festive activities can act as a reward for your students, providing them with a period of fun to congratulate their hard work in lessons. Try not to do these too early on in the month, as it makes it harder to maintain order in the classroom. Adding these in on the last week of term is the perfect time to do so. It doesn’t interrupt the important content they must go through, and provides a great class bonding time.


Plan for a January return

As a teacher, you've probably heard the word 'plan' many times before, but that just shows the benefit it can have on not just our students, but yourself too. Getting ahead on the return in January will make sure students aren’t still in the Christmas mindset. On the last day, you could take down any Christmas decorations that are up; Getting back to a classroom with a Christmas tree and tinsel in it will not help ensuring the reset to a normal school day. Additionally, finishing off your lesson plans and making sure you have all the material for the first day back will gift you with a stress-free, well deserved break of yours. This way, you won’t have to worry about cramming any of this into the rest and interrupting your 'family & friends time'. The plan for January is important. Starting off a new year, it aids in getting rid of any bad habits and replacing them with fresh, new & helpful ones for the students. Reviewing the year will make clear some improvements that need to happen, whether it's individual, or as an overall class.


Just because it's December, that does not mean we should let our students misbehave and get distracted. We believe if anything, it's important we teach our students to stay motivated at this time of the year, as it practices resilience through what can be a distracting time. Although, after a tiring and effortful year, we think our students deserve a little fun don’t you?