Oct 12, 2009

Fake it til you've Made it

Is it just me, or are weekends feeling progressively shorter? I know by the end of the day, I'm back in teacher mode ready to do battle the remainder of the week. I also know I do not feel that way right now. I've got a bad case of the Mondays again this morning. Anyone out there got advice on how to mentally transition yourself between Funday and Monday?


Claire said...

Plan exciting things for Tuesday and Thursday. A nice dinner out, or something. That way, every day of the week is either afterglow or anticipation.

At least, that's how I got through 12th grade.

Eyawn said...

Good tips. I think I may set up some sort of Sunday night/Monday morning ritual that gets me back in the mood for teaching. The thing about Mondays for me is conceding my mid-20's self to being a teacher again. By Tuesday, I'm ready. But on Mondays, I find it hard to be get myself up to the task of teaching 100+ students.

Claire said...

The students don't like Monday either, in all likelihood. I'm sure you'd be the favourite teacher in the school if you declared Mondays transition days, and had tasks on the "fun" side of the spectrum to ease you all back into the week.

quizzle said...

On Thursdays, change the day's date (weather on the chalk/whiteboard, calendar, etc) to Friday. Go through with the day as if it was Friday.
On Friday, don't come in.
By the time Sunday rolls around, you're freaking out that you need to prep for Monday.
You may need to get other teachers on board for this to work.

Coach J said...

I just find myself in denial every Monday morning... no help from me. But one of my too-smart-for-his-own-good students said that research has proven that when we worry about time, our own biological perception of it actually speeds up (how they find out this stuff, I don't really know). Anyway, the lesson seems to be to stop worrying about time. Easier said than done when you have dozens of rough drafts just waiting to be graded this weekend. Have a good one.

Eyawn said...

Quizzle, that just means I'd hate Tuesdays.

Coach J, Interesting. I experience a 'speed up of time' only when I'm in a flow - playing a sport, focused on writing, etc, etc. I would think our perception SLOWS DOWN when we're worried. Of course, too-smart-for-their-own-good students are definitely THE credible source of information.