Year 10 Tutor Time Resources

Wednesday 1st April 2020

Good morning Year 10 on the first day of April!

I was having a think last night about the work you are all doing at the moment and trying to empathise with the challenges you face on a daily basis. I had a conversation with a non-teacher friend of mine over the weekend (yes, I do have friends!) and I talked about the challenges of working from home. He argued that "students should be able to sit down and do five hours of work a day, no problem."

I disagreed. When I laid out all the obstacles in your way, I think he came round to me way of thinking. The distractions, the stress of social isolation, not always being able to have a space to yourself, not going outside as much and a completely new routine for many of you - just to name a few. On top of that, we have are own personal motivation levels, goals and personal anxieties (me included!).

When you lay all that out to someone, I have to say I'm amazingly proud of you for doing your best in light of the circumstances. Whether you are managing to get some work done or have tried to establish yourself a routine, do not underestimate this achievement. I know it will feel overwhelming at times (some of you have told me as much), but I know when we come back, whenever that is, you will all be stronger, more resilient people because of this.

On to our calendars:

Coping calendar - Take time to sit still and a breathe - Not to suggest you wouldn't breathe! But, if you are feeling a little overwhelmed, take time to sit somewhere quietly, put a countdown timer on your phone and just focus on your slow breathing in and out for five minutes. It will help calm you down and relax you.

April calendar - Make a plan to keep calm and keep in contact - In your timetable, plan to ring one person a day and commit to it.

Song Choice: This morning's choice comes from Mr Burton, Reef - How I got over

All the best and take care,

Mr Jeffrey

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