My photograph of acid yellow euphorbia dotted through with forget-me-nots, from the garden.
HELLO TEACHER! HOW'S IT GOING SO FAR?
take care of yourself - see the following Sections for information and advice
General Health & Mental Well-Being
Basic Self-Care & Vaccinations
Stress, Recognizing & Managing It
Boost Your Immune System, Mind & Body
Managing Your Time
Young Student Monitors
When Everyone Needs Calming Down!
This Post is a Companion Piece to the following Posts ~
Teachers ~ Caring for Yourself, Your Students, and Reducing Stress
HELLO TEACHER! Are You Looking After Yourself, Ready for the
Year End Approaching?
Iseult Catherine O'Brien
Montessori Teacher & Supervisor | Volunteer Tutor with Second Level Students |
A Member of The Tutors' Association
CARE FOR YOUR GENERAL HEALTH
AND MENTAL WELL-BEING
As a teacher, you
have to look after yourself, and especially your health, both physical and mental. Always avoid lifting or shifting heavy furniture, or any other such items. That is someone else’s job. Find out who that person is as soon as possible at the beginning of the school year, and introduce yourself to him or her.
A teacher CANNOT have a bad back!
COLDS and infections are inevitable ~ you shall be picking up all the new common cold viruses, all year, as brought to school by the students and other staff. Make
sure you eat a diet rich in fruit and vegetables, drink lots of water, including especially foods that boost your immune system (see Section below).
DEHYDRATION can slow mucus production, which makes it harder to clear viruses. This happens more in Summer and also in hot, airless, classrooms in
the colder months. Sip plenty of water throughout the day. Check with the School Rules to ascertain if your students are allowed to drink water from unspillable bottles or cups during class.
WASH your hands regularly and properly. Most colds are passed on when you touch the hand of an infected person, or
a surface contaminated with the cold virus, and then touch your eyes or nose, transmitting the infection to yourself. Therefore, if you wash your hands regularly and thoroughly throughout the day, you cut your risk of infecting
yourself. Please reinforce the 'hand washing' message with students, and EXPLAIN the benefits.
SLEEP ~ Getting eight to nine hours sustained sleep a night helps maintain your immune system and prevents you catching a cold. But it’s not just going
to bed on time that counts; you need good quality, sustained, sleep. Please see my Post on BEWARE THE LIGHT!! and the deleterious effects of late night and / or long-term use of electronic
devices emitting the blue-violet light spectrum ~ televisions, laptops, iPads, Kindles, Tablets, mobile phones, no matter how small the screen.
The evidence is mounting on the lack of attainment and failure to achieve expected results for students, and everyone in the workplace.
Please tell your students WHY they need nine to ten hours sustained sleep nightly.
[For your older students, I have developed a Post, STUDENT! HELP'S HERE. This gives all the self-care advice contained in this Post, plus some extra information, aimed at the needs of teenagers, older Students, and slightly
younger students. I hope you find it helps reduce the time you need to spend on factual information.]
For your young Students, let them know they grow during sleep, and their bones continue to develop. It is understood that 90 per cent of
bone growth takes place at night.
Nine to ten hours of good quality, sustained, sleep
give a child, youngster, and teenager adequate rest.
The human growth hormone is
released during this time, resulting in growth spurts. Sleep is essential for the body to rest, and adequate rest means better physical growth. Youngsters would be fascinated to know how much
they grow in their sleep ~ SUGGEST to your students that they need to take control of their sleep, as surely they want to grow as much as possible.
SLEEP is also essential for physical recuperation,
the development of the immune system,
and information processing, as well as many other
systems of the brain and the body.
The older your students, the more they may be interested
in the science of sleep, and it could make an interesting Project-Based Learning (PBL) undertaking, with different sections of the class dealing with discrete elements
of the benefits of sleep.
Taking care of yourself should optimally
include the following
Sufficient Magnesium in the diet is essential to help gain and maintain good
quality sleep. If you have difficulties getting to sleep and staying asleep, you may wish to consider taking a Magnesium supplement. Please discuss this with your GP. There are high potency,
much improved uptake Magnesium supplements which are of great benefit to those of us who have difficulty absorbing Magnesium from our normal diet. Some people CANNOT absorb Magnesium from their food.
Epsom salts baths may be necessary at times.
STAYING ACTIVE can help protect you from cold bugs. Aim for 30 minutes daily of moderate exercise, such as brisk walking, to keep your immune system ticking over. There is new evidence that 30
minutes brisk walking daily has great general health benefits. Such daily walking regularly from today, and into older years, is one of the best shields against dementia! (www.getirelandactive.ie / www.irishtrails.ie)
As the school year continues to progress, self-care becomes even more important, because the examination and / or assessment requirements are building. TRY NOT TO SLIP from your daily habits of good food, lots of water, plenty of sleep, and a reasonable exercise regime ~ you're not trying out for the Olympics!
CONSIDER having an annual Influenza Vaccination.
I know some people disapprove of this. However, you are not just considering your own health, you have to consider your wider family, including
older people, pregnant women, and members who may be frail, and who would find fighting influenza problematical. Antibiotics are useless against influenza or any
Visit hse.ie/antibiotics for
further information on when antibiotics may be required, and when they have no benefit.
The GERMAN MEASLES (Rubella) virus is making an alarming come-back in Western Europe, and is endemic
in parts of Eastern Europe.
is a requirement of 95% vaccination cover to give a 'herd immunity' required to stop the disease from spreading.
The Health Service Executive (HSE), which is the National body in Ireland governing the Country's health care, has an Integrated Care Group for Children, and Dr Kevin Kelleher
is on its Steering Group, and is also Assistant National Director for Public and Child Health. Dr Kelleher was interviewed on the subject of outbreaks in parts of North Dublin and an adjacent County. This
is because around 8 per cent of babies nationally do not get the vaccination, and 13-15 per cent of babies are not vaccinated in North Dublin. There is no reason to think this
profile is not replicated all over the 'Developed World'.
Measles had previously been almost completely eradicated in the 'Developed World' according to the programme.
Dr Kelleher was asked why there was not full uptake of the vaccination (it is free in Ireland), he said that there is "a very stubborn group of people
who are very anti-vaccination" and "who put out stories" via the internet, media, social media, which put people off having their children vaccinated.
Dr Kelleher told of of his experience of treating babies with measles when he was a young doctor, and ended by stating the
"Let nobody ever think measles is a mild disease. IT IS NOT."
He mentioned the group of people in the population who have not been vaccinated, especially
in the "nadir" years 2001 / 2002.
People who do not have their babies vaccinated at
12 months as part of the MMR, and the booster vaccination when they start school, are not just risking the health and possibly the life of their babies, but they risk the health and welfare of all who come in contact with
their babies and children.
Do you know for certain if you were vaccinated as a child? The
age group of approximately 40-35 years and younger, is more likely NOT to have been vaccinated due to the unsubstantiated scare over the three-in-one vaccination causing autism, during that period. The MMR vaccine (Measles,
Mumps, Rubella), can be TAKEN AT ANY AGE if a GP immunity test shows you have no immunity. (Visit www.immunisation.ie / www.hspc.ie).
The 6-in-1 vaccine protects a baby against six diseases: diphtheria; hepatitis B; haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib); polio; tetanus
and whooping cough.
Visit the above mentioned links for further information, plus the next two sections.
A Digest of the Study
"Common Arguments Against Vaccination,
And The Answers to Them"
by Dr Ramesh Manocha, can be found at the end of this Post.
Of course, your health is very important, but so is that of your students, family, older or frail people
in your life, most especially pregnant women, and any women you know who may be planning a pregnancy. Catching RUBELLA in early pregnancy carries a risk of miscarriage.
Nine out of ten babies WILL HAVE major birth defects such as deafness, blindness, brain damage, or heart disease.
The first signs of German Measles are a high temperature and a sniffy nose ~ just like the common cold. In fact, some have no symptoms at all. By the time the telltale red splodges appear, two to three days in, you have already infected others. Proximity is enough
to infect another, so being in the same room is sufficient to pick up or spread the infection. If you feel you have the sniffles, do not go out.
PLEASE visit your GP to discuss this and other matters that affect teachers in particular. Please take time to visit www.immunisation.ie for further very important information on immunisation in general.
Pregnant women may need to learn about getting the WHOOPING COUGH (pertussis) vaccination while pregnant to protect the foetus in the womb and during the first few months of
PERTUSSIS is a highly contagious disease that can be life threatening and
is most serious in children less than six months of age ~ possibly resulting in hospitalisation for pneumonia and brain damage.
PLEASE see your GP if you are pregnant, hoping to be pregnant, or working in an environment with women of child bearing years, for their sake and for your own.
PLEASE MEET YOUR GP FOR ADVICE ON DECISIONS REGARDING VACCINATIONS, IMMUNISATIONS, AND ANY POSSIBLY REQUIRED SUPPLEMENTS TO YOUR DIET.
DUTY OF CARE REGARDING VACCINATIONS
Having considered the matter of vaccination and the possible consequences of contracting any of the illnesses contained by the MMR
vaccine (Measles, Mumps, Rubella), plus the duty of care any school or educational establishment has to its employees and students, I have come to believe it is reasonable for an interview board to ask any potential
employee, at interview, if he or she knows if he or she has had the MMR vaccine.
Some people do not know if they had this three-in-one vaccine at a very young age, but a GP immunity test can show if a person has no immunity.
If a potential employee does not know if he or she has been vaccinated, or knows he or she is not vaccinated, I believe it is the duty of a educational establishment to indicate they WILL EMPLOY STAFF who have
been vaccinated with the MMR vaccine. An adult can have the vaccine from a GP very easily.
Whatever is the personal choice of someone regarding having or not having the MMR vaccine, I have come to believe the COMMON WELFARE of all the staff and students, and their families, in a early education school / Montessori / kindergarten, junior and secondary school, college or
university, MUST OUTWEIGH a personal choice not to be checked for an immunity test, or not vaccinated, if shown not to have been vaccinated.
I consider no-one can reasonably expect to be employed in a place of work, particularly full of women of child-bearing years, plus female students without having had the MMR
vaccine and, of course, their partners and offspring of male teachers. We each have a societal duty.
This is just the front line of infection defence. The infection could easily be brought home to the family by anyone working in or attending the educational establishment.
WHY HAVE PARENTS STOPPED VACCINATING?
The following are excerpts from an article in The Telegraph, 27 March 2019.
Click, click, click. That is all it takes to fall down the rabbit hole of the anti-vaccine movement that has taken root on social media.
Just a few taps on Instagram, for example, and one is taken deep into the realm of ‘anti-vax’ conspiracies,
ranging from pseudo-scientific vindications for the disgraced British scientist Andrew Wakefield's bogus links between the MMR jab and autism in children, to hashtags such
as #vaccineskill (with some 18,236 posts), to mocked up images of youngsters punctured by a barrage of needles.
This is viral content in the most literal sense. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has pinpointed “vaccine
hesitancy” as one of the 10 biggest global health threats for 2019.
Similarly, the number of measles infections across Continental Europe tripled to 82,500 in
2018, compared to the previous year - a surge which killed 72 children and adults.
Recently, Rockland County in New York State took the “extremely unusual” step of banning non-vaccinated children from public places for
30 days, in a bid to halt an outbreak of measles – a disease declared eradicated from the US in 2000 – which has infected at least 153 people in the area since October.
Across the world, the anti-vaccine movement is drawing together disparate supporters from US President, Donald Trump – who prior to election scatter-gunned numerous anti-vaccine tweets – to Russian
trolls, from Hollywood celebrities to hipster parents in the English Home Counties and Orthodox Jews in London.
Dr Heidi Larson, director of the Vaccine Confidence Project established 10 years ago at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, says the sheer
scale of the anti-vaccine messages online have become far harder for health professionals to contest.
“These emotions and views don’t start with social media companies but are amplified by them,”
she says. “But as a society we need to think seriously about what we can do because something has broken in a big way.”
The decision to leave a child unvaccinated, she points out, is not just a threat to them, individually, but also the so-called ‘herd immunity’ – the resistance among any given population to a disease.
“I think it is irresponsible to not vaccinate,” she says, given measles is deadly in one in every thousand cases, while
infection can damage the entire immune system and lead to serious complications such as pneumonia and encephalitis (inflammation of the brain).
Dr Larson believes matters are reaching a point where the British government might need to reconsider its current position of leaving the choice entirely
down to parents.
“I wouldn’t wait until there is a crisis,” she says. “If I were in government I would seriously consider putting requirements in place. Going to school, I don’t
think it’s unreasonable to say a child needs to be vaccinated because they put others at risk.”
Religious beliefs are believed to play a role. The number of vaccinated children living in the ultra-orthodox Charedi Jewish community in Stamford Hill
in north London, for example, is estimated to be well under 80 per cent, while Dr Larson says some Muslim communities have also raised concerns about gelatine in some vaccines.
But it is also in affluent areas where parents, inspired by the natural health movement, are choosing not to vaccinate their child.
“The way we live our life is to stay well and really focus on being healthy,” one mother says.
“There are vaccinations now for things that wouldn’t even make a child that ill. I don’t want him to suffer, obviously, but he never gets ill. I really don’t understand this need to protect ourselves from things that
won’t do our child too much harm.”
Stressing she is “pro-choice rather
than anti-vaccine”, she admits she has been criticised for her approach and lost one friend altogether. Another mother from an affluent area, says she, too, is wary of admitting that she hasn’t vaccinated her five-year-old daughter.
“There’s not enough
information out there,” she says. “You’re just told, if you don’t vaccinate your kids they’ll get measles, and you’re a stupid hippy. You’re chastised by the health system if you don’t do things by
the book, in the same way as if you don’t breastfeed. It’s really hard as a parent to navigate.”
Certainly, the public health community has little time for such arguments. According
to Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, “one unvaccinated child is one too many” and recent measles outbreaks are a sharp reminder of how serious the disease can be.
“We need to cut through the
fake news, with evidence-based, easy to understand health advice for patients such as that provided by Public Health England,” she says.
“They should feel equipped and confident to challenge any spurious claims they might encounter so that they can make sensible, informed decisions about the long-term
health and wellbeing of their children.”
The spectre of British doctor Andrew Wakefield, drummed out of the British medical profession for his 1998 paper that made a link between MMR and autism, still looms large over the modern
day vaccine info-wars.
on, he has rehabilitated his reputation in the US to such an extent that he is in a relationship with supermodel, Elle Macpherson, and has amassed avowed supporters who fervently believe his
(professionally) debunked claims.
Anna Merlan, a US-based journalist and author of a forthcoming book, Republic of Lies, on the rise of conspiracy
theorists in America, has interviewed Wakefield, shadowed him giving talks on a cruise ship and attended a sell-out screening of his documentary, Vaxxed, in New York.
“He is very charismatic and feeds into long-standing suspicions
[in the US],” she says. Whenever asked about his exile from Britain, she says he is “able to skilfully talk about it as a vendetta against him by a medical establishment who felt he was getting too close to the
In April of this year, Facebook agreed to ban advertisements with anti-vaccination content while Instagram has announced it will also introduce controls.
WHY SOME INFECTIOUS DISEASES ARE ON THE
WANING IMMUNITY IS NOW A SCIENTIFIC FACT FOR WHOOPING COUGH, MEASLES, MUMPS
Dr Muiris Houston
The Irish Times, 28 April 2019.
Among children who get all doses of DTaP vaccine on schedule, effectiveness is very
high within the year following the final dose – at least nine out of 10 children are fully protected.
Despite having effective vaccines, infectious diseases such as mumps, measles and whooping cough are on the rise globally. And while false news about vaccine safety – leading to vaccine hesitancy –
has undoubtedly played a part, are there other reasons for this unwelcome trend?
latest figures from the World Health Organisation suggest there have been a 300 per cent increase in the number of measles cases worldwide in the first three months of 2019. It
noted that many countries are in the midst of sizeable measles outbreaks, with all regions of the world experiencing sustained rises in cases. Coming on top of sequential increases in measles cases in the previous two years, it is clear we have a problem
with a potentially fatal infectious disease, that – until relatively recently – we thought could be eradicated.
Could waning vaccine immunity be one of the reasons?
After decades of declining pertussis (whooping cough) and mumps incidence, for example, recent years have seen a resurgence of each disease despite maintenance of high vaccine coverage. Cases have mainly been among young-adult
age groups. For mumps, protection appears to wane over decades, prompting the use of additional doses of vaccine for outbreak control. And doctors are seeing an increasing number of adults with the interminable “whoop” of whooping cough.
In April of this year, Toronto researcher Dr Jeff Kwong and his colleagues published a study in the journal Vaccine
suggesting that the vaccine for pertussis works well at protecting people from the disease during the first decade of life, but that immunity later falls.
It seems vaccination is more complex than we might have thought.
Pertussis vaccines are effective, but not perfect. They typically offer good levels of protection within the first two years after getting the vaccine,
but then protection decreases over time. Public health experts call this “waning immunity”. Similarly, natural infection may also only protect you for a few years.
When it comes to waning immunity, it seems that the acellular pertussis vaccines (DTaP and Tdap) used now may not protect for as long as the whole-cell vaccine (DTP) doctors used to use. Whole-cell pertussis vaccines are associated
with higher rates of minor and temporary side effects such as fever and pain and swelling at the injection site. Serious neurologic adverse reactions, including chronic neurological problems, occurred rarely among children who had recently received whole-cell
vaccines, prompting the development of the acellular version.
In general, DTaP vaccines are 80 to 90 per cent effective. Among children who get all
doses of DTaP on schedule, effectiveness is very high within the year following the final dose – at least nine out of 10 kids are fully protected. There is a modest decrease in effectiveness in each following year. In the first year after
getting vaccinated with Tdap, it protects about seven out of 10 people who receive it. About three or four out of 10 people are fully protected four years after getting this version of the whooping cough vaccine. And receiving the newer (acellular)
version of the vaccine was associated with twice the odds of contracting whooping cough compared with those who received the older vaccine when they were infants.
Resurgence in Mumps
Meanwhile, Scottish researchers have found evidence that the resurgence in mumps cases is due to waning immunity. They wanted to know why a vaccine-preventable disease is re-emerging in highly vaccinated populations. In
2015 some 67 per cent of those infected with mumps in Scotland were fully vaccinated individuals. Most of these cases occurred in adolescents and young adults, in contrast to the pre-vaccine era where outbreaks were among primary school children.
So it seems vaccination is more
complex than we might have thought. What was traditionally viewed as a “done and dusted” task for childhood may now need to extend to adult life. With waning immunity a scientific fact for whooping cough, measles and mumps, booster
vaccinations throughout life are likely to become part of future national immunisation programmes in Ireland.
AS A NEW TEACHER
You may feel, as a new teacher,
that you have to volunteer for everything, to show you are enthusiastic and keen to be involved in the School life.
YOUR HAND DOWN! and only volunteer for something you know you are good at and enjoy, and that your efforts would be making a worthwhile contribution, plus attracting positive reactions from colleagues, school authorities, pupils, and parents.
You will spend considerably more time in research, preparation, lesson-planning, and checking homework, than the school hours allow. You
will be roped into jobs in any case.
Do not rush to add to your workload!
STRESS IN GENERAL
Stress is VERY high on the list of teachers' illnesses. However, stress is frequently under-reported, as it is seen by many, FOOLISHLY, as a weakness!
Please see the following links.
If your whole evening and every weekend end up being spent on grading or preparation, your job has run away with you, and you need to get back in charge. Please see my Post, BEWARE THE LIGHT!! on how over-working with a computer screen, especially late
in the evening, can harm your health, and effect negatively your sleep patterns.
I know teachers who have
had complete nervous and physical breakdowns DUE TO THE STRESS of keeping up with grading homework, preparing new and interesting ways of getting across the syllabus, and possibly studying to improve their own skills. IT
CAN HAPPEN to anyone very fast, and it is a long and exhausting way back to health, when one has eventually realised the fact it HAS happened.
PLEASE GET HELP as soon as you feel under pressure;
When sleep is becoming erratic;
When your laundry regime has fallen
When your mealtimes become hit and miss;
When your usual schedules
for supermarket shopping, collecting dry cleaning, and meeting friends, just do not work any more;
When you feel out of control ~ YOU NEED HELP IMMEDIATELY!
GETTING HELP immediately could be what saves your career. A likely outcome for a teacher who has a complete
physical and nervous breakdown is early retirement.
Harvey's Survey on Mental Health Issues relating to Teachers in Scotland, February 2017
In a survey carried out in Scotland at the beginning
of February 2017, by Jenny Harvey, a Fife special needs teacher (who was taken aback by the volume of responses – 778 at the last count), found nearly half of teachers are struggling with mental health issues.
[See the online TES article by Henry Hepburn for more information.]
NEARLY HALF of respondents to the poll on teacher well-being said their mental health was POOR, fuelling
fears that growing numbers are struggling to cope with the profession’s changing demands.
saying every school in Scotland should have a counsellor to help deal with teaching's unique demands.
A significant proportion also
takes medication because of the job. The convener of a national mental health helpline has said that the demands of teaching are so exceptional that a counsellor should be stationed in every school.
Some 45 per cent said that their mental health was “poor” or “very poor”, and
15 per cent reported taking medication because of the stresses of their work.
Ms Harvey was surprised by some findings
~ such as almost every respondent felt the “heavy burden” of GUILT about the educational experience they offered pupils. “We just want the best for our pupils and sometimes
we feel more could be done for them,” she said. “There just aren’t enough hours in the day or resources that we need”.
I do not imagine Scotland is out of step, and that the teachers there are under a significantly greater burden than teachers here,
elsewhere in Europe, or further afield. I imagine the respondents to this survey found being able to be straightforward about their experience a relief.
IS THIS not a good time to ask some stark questions about the general mental health status of our teachers, the levels of support they get to do their jobs, and if they have sufficient resources and assistance
to ease their stress levels?
ALSO bear in mind, that if
your students are sitting a State exam, or any important school exam, some may become very stressed. Prepare from the BEGINNING of the school year to reduce their stress levels by introducing
them to the self-help information below with STRESS CHATS. Stressed students can add to a teacher's sense of pressure.
If your School has a Counsellor, co-ordinate your Stress Chats with your students with him or her, so that he or she knows to expects extra appointments,
and request in good time quantities of leaflets beforehand, from the Counsellor, which you can pass around in the classroom, having read the contents yourself.
Then, put aside time to talk to your students about STRESS, impressing on them it is NOT shameful, that it IS
manageable, and TO TALK ABOUT IT. Let them know the School Counsellor is expecting applications for appointments.
Let your students know you are always there to listen, if they need to talk.
If you do not have a School Counsellor, try finding out what up-to-date information might be in the School Library and the Staff Room, and also email a request to your Local Health
Authority for sufficient leaflets on such topics as:
USE OF STREET DRUGS (www.drugs.ie/Know-The-Facts / www.drugs.ie/resourcesfiles/guides/DealingWithDrugUse.pdf / https://drugfree.org/parent-blog/preventing-teen-using-drugs-persuasion/);
VACCINATIONS AND IMMUNISATIONS ~ HPV Vaccine - early teenage girl and boy vaccination to prevent cervical cancer (www.hpv.ie / http://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/vaccines/hpv-vaccine.html);
SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS (STIs)
HEALTH ADVICE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE (Teenage Mental Health - MyMind.org / www.mentalhealthireland.ie/teens/ / Adwww.mymind.org / Mental_Health);
If you know the latest thinking on any subject, you will be more confident supporting your students.
Clearly, most of the the above sites are Irish, but they should give you basic information, and you could then go to your local Health Authority to obtain links and brochures relevant to where you live.
The following may help your students keep a balance, and perhaps you would
care to post it up on the classroom wall.
A Quote from an Article by Marie Louise McConville on Stress Coming up to Exam Time. The School Counsellor may
be pleased to have a copy.
The Irish News
McConville became very unwell due to over-studying and becoming extremely stressed before important exams.]
"If you are about to sit exams these coming
weeks, take a minute to remember that while results are important, they are not the be-all-and-end-all.
"Exams can be re-sat but we only have one chance at life and
living it and enjoying it and really, without our health, what chance do we have?
"So, if you're about to enter that intimidating exam hall or about to hand in that
all-important dissertation, take a deep breath and remember, your life will not be determined by this one exam or in this one moment.
"If you're feeling under pressure,
it's important you talk to someone. You are not alone. Your family and friends love you and want what's best for you and will support you no matter what and you will never disappoint them.
"They want you healthy and happy.
"Remember, it is true what they say, you're health really is your wealth.
Help in the classroom by doing some of the exercises in When Everyone Needs to Calm Down! ~ is to be found at the end of this Post, and also read through with the students the last section called WHEN ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
My Post, THE STUDENT TAKES THE LEAD DESIGNING WORK PLANS, helps students to calm down and get some structure to their late evening activities, and plan their own work schedules. Also,
use suggestions from the Care for Your General Health ... advice Sections above and below, from the beginning of the school year.
For the teacher's own sake, she should
have her plans for the examination academic year prepared well in advance, so that the vital work is covered by the students in the fashion that suits them best. Many teachers may have worked with the class the previous year, and so will know what style
of studying works for each student.
Learning (PBL) is a great way to engage learning of all different modalities: visual, auditory, kinaesthetic, and tactile. Utilising PBL is an equitable way to reach and engage all learners in your classroom, and
provide them with hands-on, real life, problem solving opportunities.
IF SUCH prepared plans are not in place, the teacher can divide the class into the above groups, and get them to work together towards a single goal, for each element of the syllabus.