If you want authentic materials for your lesson but don’t have time to search the net, here’s something for you. Topical, engaging news articles and video clips with suggested teaching ideas.
With revision and exams drawing ever closer, the pressures on both students and teachers start to increase exponentially. I'm sure we can all think of individual students whose mental wellbeing is a real concern, under the pressure to perform or to hit their target grades. Similarly, every teacher knows what it feels like to lie awake in the early hours worrying about a particular lesson, class or set of results.
Working day-in, day-out with these levels of stress can quickly become depressing and debilitating. We can't solve all the ills of the system that creates this pressure-cooker, so at the very least we need to find some strategies to manage our own mental health. If we look after ourselves, we will be better placed to care for our students and give them the support they need.
We have put together 20 ideas to improve teacher wellbeing, which may just give you some ideas for small changes that will make a big difference to your school day. We also love the monthly action calendars from Action for Happiness. Each month, they focus on a different theme with suggested daily actions to spread some happiness, improve your relationships and lift your mood.
Even better, they publish these calendars free in about a dozen different languages, from Catalan to Turkish. The French, German and Spanish versions of the calendars would be a great way to create a wellbeing display for your students. You could stick them in the corridor, on your classroom door or on a noticeboard and set students the challenge of working out the daily wellbeing tip.
Finally, a great line from Mark Twain: 'The best way to cheer yourself up is to cheer somebody else up.'
As we all know, the stress of school can take its toll. Students in Germany are suffering from a range of ailments as a result, from headaches to insomnia.
The online German newspaper www.zeit.de has published an article looking at the impact of school stress on teenagers' health. The use of alcohol, cannabis and energy drinks as well as the importance of breakfast is also considered.
We've created a differentiated reading worksheet to accompany the article, with answers provided.
The Spanish website, www.muyinteresante.es, has put together this interactive test to see just how much you really know about healthy food. The format of short questions and responses makes this an accessible quiz for students to do individually, in pairs or as a class.
Find the quiz here.
There are lots of interesting, authentic resources for the healthy living topic on the Spanish site www.familiaysalud.es (thanks to @icpjones on Twitter for mentioning this source).
You could use the audio recording on the 10 commandments of healthy eating page and ask sudents to jot down the key ideas for each of the 10 recommendations.
Then download the pdf of the poster which accompanies this for students to check their answers, find key vocabulary or translate the advice.
Plenty of inspiration for students to come up with a similar list for healthy living or exercise or to lead to a speaking task about which of these bits of advice they already/should put into practice.