Teaching can be exhausting and breaks are welcome. Spring break, summer break, and certainly winter break. What the public sometimes doesn’t realize is that a 'break' to a teacher is merely the slightest of pauses. We take the first 24 hours or so to decompress from the incredibly complex art of teaching. Then, we start getting ready to return to our precious students. In the ensuing days and hours, we mix recreation and preparation until the dreaded 'Sunday before Monday' comes. Teachers never clock out.
In fact, during the breaks, we clock in to a series of tasks that rejuvenate us both personally and professionally. When I was in the classroom, I spent the majority of my winter breaks watching a great teacher movie (Freedom Writers and Lean on Me are faves), reading the latest education books and articles, grading (!), and enjoying time with family and friends. As my break wound to a close, I made sure to take time to reflect on the major task I’ve been blessed with: educating the minds and hearts of the children of this country. What an enormous responsibility and what a special privilege. This week and next, my fellow Tch Laureates and I outline some of the activities that we think might help rejuvenate you over break. Be encouraged and inspired by some of the choices you see. Enjoy your well deserved vacation!