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What do teachers do over the holiday break?

Dec 5, 2016 9:56am

We would love to know what you REALLY do over your holiday break? What have you done in the past? What do you plan to do this year? If you are a veteran teacher, what advice do you have for newer teachers on how they can best spend their time during the holiday break so they are refreshed and reinvigorated when they return to their classrooms in January?

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  • Pre K-12


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    • Dec 5, 2016 12:16pm

      Primary goal is to relax and spend time with my family. I do try and take one day to myself where I will sneak into school or go to a coffee shop and simply de-clutter some of the things that I have been putting off. To me, getting those pesky tasks done over break lets me come back motivated and ready to try new things. New teacher tip, if you have plants in your room, make sure to give them a healthy does of water or take them home with you over break...I seem to forget this every year :) Happy Holidays everyone!!

      • Dec 5, 2016 7:50pm

        I will spend time hanging out with my family at the beach on Cape Cod. My brother will come up from Florida, we will visit my Aunt on the way to the Cape. I hope to take in the beautiful sights, laugh, and chill.

        • Dec 8, 2016 9:21pm

          I can't agree more than self-care: SLEEP... SLEEP... SLEEP!

          But also... doctor's appointments that I have put off and am finally getting to! So a few of those...

          Also doing an art project at a local coffee shop with a teaching colleague - taking a short trip to see a college roommate- and spending as much time with my kiddos!!!

          • Dec 10, 2016 10:32am

            While I definitely agree that sleep is a wonderful option, I prefer to get out and explore! One perk of being an educator is that you likely have large blocks of time at your disposal. Take advantage of this opportunity to run away from home! Hop into a car or into a plane. Go see something new, eat at a new restaurant, have a new life experience. Do something to escape from the routine as January-March is a long, difficult stretch with very few breaks on the calendar.

            • Dec 11, 2016 11:49am

              When I was teaching, I would spend the first few days relaxing and spending time with family until the day after Christmas. Then the work began! The break was a great time to dive into new projects for my classroom and revise existing work. I would usually knock a few lesson plans out of the way and sometimes go into the school to walk through some new lessons and update boards in the room. It was a peaceful time where I could really think about those learning opportunities for the students. Also, it was a good time to reflect on what took place the first half of the year. Happy to say that I generally went back to school with a fresh perspective and ready to meet with students again.

              • Dec 11, 2016 12:56pm

                The past few years, I've had some sort of big "project" to complete. Last year, it was assembling the portfolio required to renew my teaching certificate. Unfortunately, I didn't work on it as much as I would have liked during the fall, other than collecting and documenting artifacts I would need, because it was just too much for my plate. Therefore, my winter break consisted of several hours a day working to complete it by the January 31st deadline. Was this restful and relaxing? Not necessarily, but taking advantage of those two weeks helped keep me sane the months leading up to them and the month between them and my portfolio due date. To new teachers, if bringing work home helps take off some of the pressure when school is in session, then I say do it. But be sure you carve out sacred time to spend with your family, friends, and self, because those moments are more restorative than anything else.

                • Dec 14, 2016 12:37pm

                  I try my best to relax and catch my breath from the first part of the school year. One of my favorite things to do is to go to the movies by myself (I like company too - I am married). There is something about being able to go and watch a great action movie by yourself with other people around...enjoying it all with you. I also try to plan and strategize on how to finish out the year strong.