Finally, the clocks have gone forward. It’s out with dark, cold nights and in with long evenings and warm sunny days. Most of us will be overjoyed that the days have begun to get longer and the weather is finally improving. However, for teachers, the spring can be a stressful time as pupils begin to lose their motivation in the run-up to the summer holidays. The changing seasons can cause pupils to become more disruptive, leading to less work being done. This can have serious consequences as the summer months typically signify exam-time. Let’s take a look at how we can all get organized and get more done this spring, both in and out of the classroom.
Whether you’re a student, a teacher, or a parent, there are plenty of things you can do to avoid getting stuck in a spring rut. After all, spring is typically the time when we clean our homes and sort out our wardrobes, so why shouldn’t we do the same with our whole attitude to work and study?
For school children, organizing your time is key to beating spring fever. Turning up at school having understood and completed homework will mean that children are ready to take on new information in the classroom. Older children should begin to manage their own study agendas, designating the right amount of time for homework. For younger children, parents should schedule in some time to help with school work and reading to ensure that children are up to speed with the week’s lessons.
Forgotten books, gym kit, or other equipment can also reduce productivity in the classroom. To help get on top of spring fever, encourage children to pack their school bags the night before. Writing a checklist can help youngsters (and teachers!) ensure that they have everything they need for the day ahead.
To help beat spring fever, it is vital that pupils have a comfortable and pleasant study environment that is free from distractions. At school, ergonomically designed chairs and tables are necessary for classrooms. Spring fever can be a particular problem in science labs, due to uncomfortable chairs and stools which lack support. Schools should ensure that they provide quality chairs and tables from reputable laboratory furniture suppliers to reduce disruption and lack of concentration associated with uncomfortable furniture.
It can be tempting to stay up later as the days begin to get longer. While the feeling that we can cram more into our days may help us to be more productive, people often find that they compromise on sleep in the period following the changing of the clocks. Ensuring you get a good night’s sleep and sticking to ordinary sleeping patterns at weekends and during the holidays can ensure that you feel refreshed and ready to take on the new term. Teenagers can be particularly bad at going to bed early. Studies have suggested that adolescents are better suited to late nights and lie-ins. However, with early starts for school, this is not always possible. Therefore, you should encourage teenagers to relax before bedtime and get an early night to help improve concentration and behavior in the classroom.