On the first day of Christmas, teaching gave to me…

On the first day of Christmas, teaching gave to me “the Nativity is not ready” anxiety.

These things have a way of working out.  After all the parents do not come to see a West End masterpiece, but their children taking part in a play.  It is the little things that go wrong that make it cute?

On the second day of Christmas, teaching gave to me, Two stone gained from the abundance of treats and sweets in the staffroom.  We all need a little bit of sugar to get us to the end of term right?

On the third day of Christmas, teaching gave to me, three teachers claiming they had booked the hall at the same time.  Teaching requires a lot of give and take, especially this time of year.  be kind to each other.

On the fourth day of Christmas, teaching gave to me, four staff off poorly.  Winter months are when those beastly bugs are rife.  Look after yourself and others.  Keeping yourself well hydrated (not alcohol) and plenty of vitamins to fight off the bugs helps.  Remember that although it can be tough when staffing is stretched, people can’t help being ill.

On the fifth day of Christmas, teaching gave to me, Five Gold (chocolate) coins for breakfast.

On the sixth day of Christmas, teaching gave to me, six gifts to purchase.  Christmas is a time to thank people who have been there throughout the year.  Those people like the site, cleaning and admin staff, that don’t always get thanked.  However, try running a successful school without them.

On the seventh day of Christmas, teaching gave to me, seven days a week working.  This time of year brings great opportunities for children to take part in Christmas fayres and choir concerts.  Be careful with timetabling through and ensure that you all support each other so no one ends up doing it all.

On the eighth day of Christmas, teaching gave to me, eight hours of sleep (only joking).  Try to rest and look after yourself at this tricky time of term.

On the ninth day of Christmas, teaching gave to me, nine children (or staff) falling out.  This is an exciting and stressful time.  Everyone has their own worries this time of year.  Children are excited about presents. Adults are stressing about the number of emergency chairs they need for the Christmas day visitors.  Be kind and model kindness to the children.

On the tenth day of Christmas, teaching gave to me, ten pints at the staff do.  We all love a tipple at Christmas (not at work obviously).  Drinking too much at a staff do can lead to those things you have been biting your lip about coming out, which is never good.  Also, teaching with a hangover is not fun.  Did it once never again!

On the eleventh day of Christmas, teaching gave to me,  eleven thank you teacher cards.  Ok, so it has become a ‘thing’ in recent years, but who doesn’t like a thank you?  That means so much at this time of year and can lift your spirits.  Obviously, all gifts of wine are happily accepted too!

On the twelfth day of Christmas, teaching gave to me, another twelve months survived in teaching!  That is all.  It is a tough job at times so another year complete is to be celebrated.

Have a great build-up to Christmas everyone.

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