Midterm at last! We made it! This has definitely been the most difficult term of my teaching career – there’s so much to remember and do each day to keep ourselves and the children in our class safe. Teaching during a global pandemic is no easy task. I’ve felt like an NQT for most of this term as a lot of my favourite teaching methodologies had to be adapted completely to be COVID friendly.

I had an Air Bnb booked for this week since the summer holidays so we could visit family and friends but unfortunately we had to cancel it due to Level 5 restrictions. I wish I was writing this blogpost with tips and ideas about what we could get up to or places to visit/ stay. Instead, the ideas shared below will focus on things you can do at home/in your locality.

Rest

One of the most important things to do over midterm is to take a break! I’m looking forward to lots of lie ins, catching up with Netflix, walks and just having more free time.

Friends and Family

If you’re lucky enough to live close to your family and friends then it might be nice to meet for a walk or a take away coffee. If like me, you work in a different county then catch up on Zoom or FaceTime.

Support small business

It’s a win win situation. You can get lovely bits and bobs and support a small business too! Here are some of my favourites…

Treat yourself

What are your favourite things to do? Buy a face mask, your favourite magazine, have a nice long bath/shower, give yourself a manicure/pedicure.

Batch cooking

Another thing I’m going to try to do is some batch cooking. I find it so helpful after a busy day to have something ready to just throw on! Bolognese is my favourite.

Exercise

I wouldn’t be the best for exercising but I’m going to make a big effort to exercise more and start to build the habit over the midterm and hopefully continue it for the next term. Options are limited to walk/run/jog and online exercises. Here are some of my favourite YouTube workouts.

Tidy/Organise

Do you have a drawer/wardrobe/room in your house that just needs a clear out? Have you watched The Home Edit on Netflix? (If you haven’t – definitely take a look for lots of organisation tips). When you have a bit of extra time – tackle one of those areas. My plan is shoes/bags and my wardrobe!

I’m also going to sort my files digitally a bit better. I’ve recently gotten Dropbox for Irish Primary Teacher resources as I have things saved everywhere so hoping to get them organised into one place.

Catch up

While rest is so important, I’ll be spending a bit of time catching up on a few school bits and getting a bit of a head start for next term. Everyone works differently and if this is something that makes your life easier next term then absolutely do a bit for school. I tend to do a little every day so a few hours max on 2-3 days will work well for me. I also find with Irish Primary Teacher, I need to do a bit over midterm to keep on track for next term.