This time of year is HARD! I’m canceling meetings because I have so many meetings scheduled that they are overlapping. This is on top of report cards, testing, conferences, IEP’s, and the list could just keep going on! If you’re a teacher, I know you’re right there with me!
In the harried craziness of it all, someone at my site put a genius yet amazingly simple plan into action. We have a yard supervisor that wheels around a boom box of sorts. At the lunch recesses, and at dismissal, you can hear the likes of Bruno Mars belting out Up Town Funk, Taylor Swift’s Shake it Off, and Silento’s Watch me Whip/Nae Nae.
….”Up town funk it up, Up town funk it up”…I can’t even type the titles without bopping along and just feeling happier.
It’s the end school. Kids and teachers alike are dancing on their way home. It’s not the usual dancing because we want to get out of here, but because we’re HAPPY. Happy to be together at the end of the year! We all know how music affects our moods. In retrospect, I can’t believe that all schools don’t do this on a regular basis.
The following is from: Teacher and Child: A Book for Parents and Teachers
“I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration; I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, a person is humanized or de-humanized. If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming. “ –Haim G. Ginott
To curb burnout we need to make a conscious decision to “choose happiness.” Providing a sound track makes it just that much easier! So, Let’s create a rockin’ playlist beyond the few titles listed above! Leave your ideas in the comments below. I’ll start with :
- “In the Jungle the Mighty Jungle” by the Beach Boys
I’d also love to hear about any other tricks that help pull you up out of the overload.