What Are You Doing To Reclaim Your Weekend?

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What are you doing to do manage your teacher-workload?

At last, we have made it through another week! It’s time for a bit of self-preservation and prioritisation of your wellbeing. Leave the weekly tirade of bells, marking and observations behind and #ReclaimYourWeekend.

Here at TT, we think it’s important to focus on what’s outside the classroom over the weekend. To help, we’ve put together a five-point list of wellbeing escapism to encourage a healthy work-life balance. 

1. What to WATCH

The Great British Bake Off was on again this week. Leave the stress of the classroom behind for an hour and watch the stress of the kitchen instead! A guilty pleasure to catch up on if you didn’t catch all the Paul handshakes and soggy bottoms! #GBBO

2. What to READ

Mark Edward’s Person Unknown is a psychological thriller set in a Welsh writer retreat. Something is not quite what it seems in the house and strange singing can often be heard from room to room. The mystery revolves around the events of a rainy New Years day when a woman lost both her daughter and her husband. Will she ever come to terms with the fact her daughter hasn’t been found?

3. What to EAT

How about trying something different for dinner tonight? Pork belly doesn’t always have the best reputation but it can be a stunning meal! Go to the BBC Good Food website for some yummy ideas! 

4. Who to FOLLOW

Think outside the teaching box on Twitter and follow someone unrelated to teaching. Kat Dennings@OfficialKat the actress and star of 2 Broke Girls was once a prolific blogger, so it’s no surprise that she shines in 140 characters.

5. What to Do and Where?

In the North
Bash Street’s Back At The McMenace! The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum is celebrating the 80th birthday of Beano this summer. A special collaboration with DC Thomson’s Beano Studios in an awesome exhibition ‘Bash Street’s Back at The McMenace’ coming to Dundee, the world’s capital of comics.
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In the Midlands

The Birmingham Comedy Festival has been drawing attention to the city’s vibrant (and often unsung) comedy scene since 2001 when the debut festival hit the road running thanks to appearances from Peter Kay and Sean Lock. Since then, the festival has grown into one of the largest independent arts festival in the region.

In the South

2018’s Pumpkin Festival is here! Autumn Pumpkin Festival and Scarecrow Avenue at Royal Victoria Country Park, Netley, Southampton. Will the record for the largest pumpkin be broken this year? Come along and find out. Don’t forget to bring your Scarecrow along and add it to the Scarecrow Avenue. There will also be Live Bands, Real Ale and Cider.

In the East

Celebrate all things sausage, including the famous Lincolnshire sausage, at the Lincoln Sausage Festival – in and around the Lincoln Castle grounds. During the day there will be cooking demonstrations, food stalls of the best Lincolnshire produce from award-winning Select Lincolnshire members, children’s entertainment and live music.

In the West

Prosecco Festival Cardiff where there will be stations offering more than 40 types of Prosecco, Spumante, Cava’s, Brut, Pink Fizz and even Prosecco cocktails. For non-fizz fans, we will have a bottled lager area too. Drinks are purchased via our token system.

Keep it going until Monday?

Wellbeing in the school is important too. Why not plan something fun for Monday to make work a little more light-hearted? Get everyone in your school/department/office to wear something of the same colour on Monday morning; see if anyone (especially the pupils) notices!

If you have anything to add to this list then use the hash tag #ReclaimYourWeekend on twitter. Let’s start a wellbeing movement and set some boundaries and remember, don’t feel guilty!

Laura George

Laura teaches Years 4-8 at King's Rochester Prep. School and is head of RS and PSHEE. She has previously taught in secondary state comprehensive and grammar schools. She loves everything about teaching and often can be found telling her husband "Oh, this would be great in a lesson...". She aspires to engage the fire and passion in pupils, always starting with a smile!

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