Happy President’s Day! It’s winter break for many teachers this week. So what are we up to?
I recently heard that a person is most creative in problem solving when they are groggy, or just waking up. For me this is definitely true! To begin my break today, this morning, as I was getting up and getting dressed, I was thinking about what my “high” group will do next week during their reading group. I thought over what book they should read, and how I will introduce them to a new experience called “literature circle” (and how much I know they are going to love it!). I also got a great idea about an upcoming workshop for teachers that I am leading. After that I took a quick trip out for my morning coffee, and came back home to do some much needed housework. When I was done, I was on my computer doing work for school. A little while into that, I got several texts from my friends who are also teachers, and guess what they were doing? That’s right! Schoolwork! The teachers who aren’t doing work for school are invariably spending time with their children …and probably still thinking about their classes, if I had to guess.
I view my “break” as an opportunity to do school related things that I normally wouldn’t have time for during a regular school week. (Okay, I also view break as time for housework and sleeping late.) I, like many teachers, are thinking about school and our students all the time. And for me, that thinking is also planning, and that planning is also working. And, that working is what I choose to do during my time off. I choose to work because I am a teacher. I am dedicated and I truly care about my students and their learning. They are important to me when I walk through my classroom door, and when I am getting dressed in the morning. Teaching is my life, and it doesn’t stop during “break”.