Today is World Book Day and I have a snow day so I can't go into school in fancy dress as I had originally planned so I decided that I would write a blog post about it instead. For those of you who don't know World Book Day is celebrated once a year with an aim of encouraging young people to read more. Each year schools receive £1 book tokens for every child that they can use to either by a £1 book or put towards a young persons fiction book at £2.50, these are full novels. Go over to the World Book Day website for the full list of books but some of the titles include Mr Men, Paddington and a Nadiya baking book.
Good morning everyone with all this snow I got that super exciting text from school this morning to say that it was shut and that I get a snow day. Yay! I was thinking about what to do with my day and thought I would start with a snow day blog post. Here you will find 20 things to do with your snow day, some are sensible and work related others are just great fun.
1 - Go sledging
Go and find your nearest hills and take that sledge out, it's great exercise too.
2 - Catch up on marking
This one is a bit of a boring one but I'm sure you have a huge pile of marking that needs to be done and I always bring it home and then take it back without finishing it. If you brought some home yesterday that you haven't done yet take an hour to do some and get it out of the way.
3 - Read a good book
Lots of us love reading but never have the time and with it being World Book Day tomorrow there's no time like the present. Get yourself a good book and get settled, you could escape to anywhere.
4 - Plan a trip away in the summer holidays
If you aren't a fan of the snow how about chasing a bit of sunshine, you have all the summer holidays so plan a little trip to look forward to. It doesn't have to be really expensive just a few days somewhere. Groupon have some brilliant deals.
It is really important to take some time out of your day to take some time to yourself and a good way to do this can be through exercise. In January I decided that I needed to do more to keep fit (I decide this every year, I've tested most of the gyms in my local area) so I was looking to see what other things I could do. I came across a local running group called Stride Out, they were just for women and were running a couch to 5k course. I was very nervous but joined anyway, I had another friend joining a family friendly one close to her at the same time.
I have found that this has been a total change from my usual effort where I quit after about two week and never want to go back to whatever class I have joined. We all started of just running 30 seconds and walking 30 seconds and now we are into week 7 and next week we will all be running the 5k.
Teaching can be a really stressful job at times and we can have a lot of things that we have to do at home as well as having to stay at work late for parents evenings and other meetings. It is important to make time for yourself and to have hobbies to give you some time to relax and to look after your well being. Therefore I will be posting different ideas to try and things that I have tried. Here are a few suggestions to get you started even if you only aim for 20 minutes per evening:
I am a Maths teacher working in the UK. My blog started in February 2018 and I am using it to share ideas to help you in the classroom and to improve your work life balance. I also have some free course and resource along with my new tutoring agency.