When things get out of control, work is very stressful. The solution is to take control. In numerous school scenarios, I’ve found that it helps enormously to seize control out of the chaos by pressing the Reset Button: clearing it all away and starting again. This applies to marking, behaviour management, emails, reports and general planning – every situation where things feel that they are running away from you. When talking to teachers who are feeling that things aren’t going as well as they’d like, I find that giving them the confidence and permission to do this goes a long way. Hopefully, they then learn to give themselves the permission!
Sometimes it gets out of hand. If you routinely set a good volume of challenging work to all of your classes, the amount of work that accumulates can be very significant. But, as…
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