I am currently finished work on a rear extension at home. This does not share even 5% of the skills I have had to build and develop in education, and I love it! Not in the sense that I want to jump careers in any way whatsoever, but I do find the process of learning new skills and creating quite exciting.
I should add that I’m not particularly natural at DIY. I can sketch, plan and theorise, but find the literal nuts and bolts hard work. If I encounter a problem, I have learnt not to get stressed, but do something else, anything else, to give my brain and stress levels a little break.
In a large view, the extension work is a welcome break from teaching, a good chance to recharge batteries and think of something completely different. The micro breaks are also good for that kind of release.
In schoo, we offer our students the large break in terms of play time, but do e account for the micro-break? When we expect a child to work for thirty minutes ceaselessly, where is their escape route for them to destress and take the pressure off?
I’m considering a card system which the children can use to take five (minutes) and do something completely different. This could be reading, colouring, tidying; anything in fact which gives them that mental break which as an adult I take for granted. I’d appreciate any thoughts anyone has on this, positive or otherwise (and I know that brain Gym has been thoroughly debunked, so shan’t go down that road!).