Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Teachers, Teaching Assistants & Teaching in London: How Do You Sleep At Night?
So, what about teachers and teaching assistants? What about their own sleep patterns?
We have a group of teachers working full-time in our London schools, and for some of them this is their first full-time, long term teaching contract. Some of them supply taught, and know the rhythm of teaching life in London, but it's their first full time contract, so the stress can be a lot to handle.
Others have experience back home, and still they feel the stress teaching in London. Let's face it, teaching is hard. It's stressful. We need our sleep!
Our new teachers are slowly picking up days here & there, (it is the beginning of the new year, always a slow time for supply teaching) and we've had hundreds of teachers with other agencies trying to get into our team since their agencies don't have work for them. We prioritize our loyal teachers first and foremost of course.
But the point is that it's stressful for everyone in education at this time of year. Even for us recruitment consultants! I was up at 4:30 am on MSN with my colleagues in London, who were shouting at me in caps-lock, "GO TO BED WOMAN!", but hey, I wake up, I check email and I got work to do here people!
So, this brings me to you. What do you do to help yourself sleep through the night? Do you take sleeping pills like the teachers I know in Ontario with years of experience who still struggle with sleep? Do you listen to Paul McKenna's hypnotic voice & try to get back to sleep? Do you count sheep? Or do you just get up, and get on with it? Or, maybe you sleep like a log and can brag about it here.
Please share your thoughts below!
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