Short weeks can be so stressful! I don't know what it is, but it seems that the four day weeks are much more hectic and busy than the five day weeks. Maybe it is because I feel like I need to accomplish five days worth of work in just four days--I just don't know!
I have also noticed, over the years, that my teachers are more stressed in four day weeks as well, and that stress trickles down to the students. Also, the spring semester brings us ever closer to state testing and meeting NCLB requirements, which is an added source of stress.
I am always looking for cool ideas to help de-stress my teachers, especially in the spring! I know I am planning on doing a secret santa type program for Friendship Week (I have found that doing it in December is just an added layer of stress!), and I end up spending lots of extra money keeping my teacher candy jar filled in January!
I like some of the ideas in the Alanna Jones books. I know I have used goofy activities in staff meetings from those for stress relief as well, but having a meeting to do a fun activity can be stressful, too! I have also found some great ideas for students in these books.
What do you do to keep your staff de-stressed, motivated, and positive?