The following article comes from class teacher Toria Bono, who encourages teachers to take a moment to reflect this half-term.

Half-term has hit for many and for some of you, you will be sitting in isolation (due to government restrictions). For others, you will be lying down in exhaustion (due to the toll this term has taken on you) and for even more of you, you will be thinking ahead to what the next part of 2020 holds.

STOP!

PAUSE!

BREATHE!

STOP! Consider for a moment what you have achieved this year. For educators the world over, 2020 has been impossibly challenging but we have done an amazing job. You have done an amazing job. Whatever your role, wherever you work, the children in your care have benefited because of you. Have you thought about what you have done to support the children you teach or the school you lead? Have you allowed yourself to celebrate your achievements or have you been swept up in the wave of negative press? You will never be enough in the eyes of the tabloids so consider yourself through your children’s eyes! Yes, you are enough!

PAUSE! We race through life at 100 MPH so often, that we forget to pause. One of my favourite films is ‘Dead Poet’s Society’ and in that Robin Williams says:

“Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.”

Are you aware how extraordinary your life is? If you are given the opportunity to teach and lead children then please remember how lucky you are. You are touching the lives of our future generation and you have the opportunity not only to make memories but to change lives. So, don’t just make your life extraordinary but make the lives of others extraordinary!

BREATHE! Sometimes we forget to breathe and I think many of us forgotten how important this simple act is this year. We have held our breath hoping that COVID-19 would subside, that lockdowns would disappear and that life would resume in the way it had in 2019. However, we need to start breathing again as holding our breath isn’t working. We are living in different times and breathing is vital to our wellbeing. Breathe in, breathe out and be mindful of how lucky you are to be able to do this.

Half-term has hit for many and I hope you do allow yourself to stop, pause and breathe. Allow yourself to enjoy this time and remind yourself that:

1. You are amazing

2. Seizing the day is vital

3. Breathing is so important.

I hope to catch up with you on #TinyVoiceTuesdayUnites ☀️🌈🌻

Primary teacher Toria Bono

Author

TORIA BONO

Toria has had many roles in the primary sector – from class teacher to school leader, but is happiest when she is teaching children. She currently teaches at Thomas A Becket Junior School and wants all children to have the best possible learning opportunities.

She is committed to using research to inform her decisions about how best to teach and is keen to support other educators to do so too.

Through her blog Teaching Others & Learning All The Time, she shares her experiences, opinions and lessons learned in the classroom. She also empowers other eduleaders on Twitter via the #TinyVoiceTuesday and #TinyVoiceTuesdayUnites hashtags.

Follow Toria on Twitter – @ToriaClaire

Visit Toria’s website here.