Congratulations, you have made it into the final stretch!
The end of the school play rehearsals, an ever-expanding supply of mince pies in the staff room, and the faintest sound of Santa’s sleigh bells approaching can only mean one thing: it is the final week before Christmas.
So, with the start of the holidays just around the corner, how should teachers cope with the final few lessons before the school bell rings for the last time?
We asked you for your top tips for surviving the run-up to Christmas at school. As ever, you did not disappoint. Here are some of the best replies.
For some people, the answer lies in embracing the festive cheer:
We have a secret Christmas elf each who performs random acts of kindness. Gives everyone a pick me up in the last few days. Mine left me this today pic.twitter.com/C18vb8POUG— Jojo (@Jojo68W) December 13, 2017
Well.... today we abandoned lesson plans and drew chrustmas pictures on the windows.... kids loved it and we had a ball.— clare (@kinicain) December 14, 2017
Wear tinsel— Helen (@Helenteacher123) December 13, 2017
For others, it is a time to reflect on those who are worse off:
Think about the Rohingya and the homeless then “surviving” the run up to Christmas at school seems a breeze. Possibly helps to appreciate our gifts as well?— Reg carter (@regcarter1) December 14, 2017
If we all retweet this message once, it should create enough awareness not to let another person die on the street in the cold.— Ed Accura (@ed_accura) December 14, 2017
Please don’t keep me out in the fridge this Christmas https://t.co/cpb8rPDiiO
RIP Chris pic.twitter.com/JwKTsOJgc8
But not all people want anything to be different:
Routine— Sharon (@shazzasteph) December 13, 2017
Keep calm and keep to a routine for part of the day(mornings especially). The children will be more settled.— Bluebell ن (@blearigg) December 13, 2017
And one person had a response that we at Tes definitely could not endorse:
Phone in sick— textucker (@earlylevel) December 13, 2017