Are all the Breaks from School Necessary? Educators have a rare opportunity during school breaks to rest, relax, and recharge. Many people in most other businesses and professions do not have the same luxury. As educators, we need to take a break and start fresh with a new school outlook. We have the good fortune to rest and relax with family and friends, as well as the option to refresh and revitalize with educational material and/or colleagues.
"The breaks provide you an opportunity to slow down, engage with other people, live-laugh-love and bring those experiences back to the classroom. It is our relationships with others in life, that is the most important thing to pass down to our students." Susan Wright
"Nothing like fresh salt air and long beach walk to get recharged for the remaining weeks of the school year!" Jackie Bryla
"Your Legacy as a teacher is that ability to impact the lives and future lives of others like a ripple upon a lake. Be the one to unleash the moorings so that your students can begin to set sail." Jo Booth
You know, the short days, long breaks, summers off - why, it’s like hardly having a job at all. Right? Think again. Imagine planning and having a birthday party for 22 kids every day for whatever age group and you get the gist; cleanup included! If not, come see how much paperwork I'm responsible for on any given day... For example APPR, summations, SLO's, and the whole other plethora of acronyms that we must constantly abide by.
When a friend said earlier today, after the completion of a joint article for Common Sense Media, "Go relax....." my reply was “I will – later”, I was scolded.... So, I am relaxing while writing this blog. Writing is very therapeutic and, in my case, a complete necessity to keep content on our site fresh and relevant.
Here we go, in the spirit of taking a break, this post is short and sweet. Spring break should be used for two things: the first, and less important, is to prepare for the week or two after spring break and perhaps create a plan for the last few units of the year. In my case, it's all math - since the standardized state tests are the following week...
The second, and by far the HIGHEST priority, is to rest up for what will be the final sprint to the end of the year. It's going to be fast and furious and it's going to make your head spin. After spring break, you'll realize how little time you have left to prepare students for exams and cram in the rest of your curriculum; therefore, you'll ratchet it up a notch. If you are in special education, you will be dealing with IEP's, annual reviews, and the Student’s beginning to go crazy and/or checking out entirely. So, expect your exhaustion level will peak around the end of May. How do I know? I've been at it for thirty years and "Spring Fever" is a natural phenomenon that happens every year, every spring.
Here is how to put yourself back together after that, it's called Memorial Day weekend. As for right now, I'm in Jamaica doing my damnedest to catch up on sleep and relaxation. Not to mention, trying to warm up from the ridiculously frigid cold weather this past year. (It's April what? I heard this very morning it snowed again and the wind chill factor is making it feel closer to nineteen degrees!)
Back to the profession, Do yourself and your students a favor and use spring break for what it's intended to be - a break. And now, my advice for me, follow the same guidelines that I have outlined for you! RELAX