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Old 03-09-2019, 03:35 PM
 
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Our staff is feeling low. We have only 2 days for a spring break. We've had a miserable cold winter with few outdoor recesses. State testing is coming soon in April. Kids, parents and admin are moody. Our princ wants some new ideas on how to help.
So I ask you, any ideas to help us all survive til the end of the year?


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Hide the silverware....

Seriously, I wish that I had an answer. I'm considering a community service project.
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Old 03-09-2019, 05:32 PM
 
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Sponsor a grade level movie and popcorn party, supervise it, and give the teachers the 2 hours for "team planning" aka whatever they want to do.
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Old 03-09-2019, 06:26 PM
 
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Following! Feeling the same burnout among my coworkers!
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Old 03-09-2019, 07:12 PM
 
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Give staff time to plan. Put a movie on and have teachers take turns supervising. Other teachers get a break.
Order in lunch or coffee/muffins. Sometimes even a fruit tray in staff room is a nice treat.
Take kids out for extra recess. Bonus if admin supervises and teachers donít have to.


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My school has a circular driveway that surrounds our school building. Because of all the ice on the playground, recess has been limited to the blacktop, which can get very crowded.

Several years ago in March, we began a recess activity called "March Around Me______" (name of our school). One playground supervisor marches around the building with the kids while the other supervisor watches those students who do not want to participate. For every five times around, students earn a plastic foot, which they put on a chain.
The kids love this activity.
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I like the idea that others mentioned about finding some way for the P to cover classes so teachers can have some extra planning time.

Also consider:
-Bringing in treats
-Bringing in a lunch
-I had a previous P that would contact massage places and have them come out and give 10 minute chair massages that you could sign up for. They were willing to do this for free because they were hoping you'd like the massage so much that you'd pay for a full one in the future.
-Covering duties for teachers if you have them
-Allowing teachers to use a staff meeting or PD day/time that's already been scheduled as planning instead
-My current P occasionally writes little cards to us- this is very cheap (free if you already have or make them). I just received one that said "Thank you for creating a classroom environment where all students can be successful." Such a small thing that really brightened my day!

For students, I might consider some sort of reward that they can work towards for following behavior expectations- maybe earning points or tickets for some sort of party or special event, or have them read so many books to earn whatever it is. I would also consider that happier and less stressed teachers is going to lead to happier students!
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Old 03-10-2019, 01:39 PM
 
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I know when my own classroom is happy, I'm happy. So, I focus on my classroom and keeping their mood upbeat. Nothing my principal can do can uplift my spirits as much as my students can.

*Stem Activities
*Arts/Crafts Activities (can easily be connected to How-To Reading/Math)
*Science experiments (we just did shamrock crystals and this week will do
leprechaun snot. They have to read/follow
directions)
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Old 03-11-2019, 01:26 AM
 
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OMG! Thanks everyone. These are inspirational ideas. It's true that giving teachers a break from the norm is one way to help. Covering duties would be a big hit! I'll pass these along to our P. She is so busy but maybe pooling some classes together would work for her.
She use to give "compliment cards" but hasn't lately. I use to appreciate those kind words.
And doing something with the kids, such as different STEM and recess -I believe this week we'll finally be outside -could help too!
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Old 03-12-2019, 01:35 PM
 
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That's funny. We're having the same issues. Over the weekend I put a basket of Keurig cups and creamers by our lounge Keurig machine for the staff to enjoy. CAFFEINE!!


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