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I still remember my first winter break in my first year of teaching. I read two books on teaching. I took home a giant box full of papers to grade. I planned out my first three weeks of lesson plans. To be honest, I enjoyed it. When I started back, I felt ready to roll.
I had used my time productively. But then something happened in late January. I felt restless and tired. I yearned for a break — not just from my classroom but from the daydreaming of projects and the incessant lesson planning in my own head. I wanted to watch a movie and read a novel and hang out with friends. So, months later, when I sputtered into Spring Break, I treated it like a break. A real break. A totally unproductive break.
I gave myself the permission to avoid grading. I avoided professional books and blogs unlike the summer when I would immerse myself in professional reading. You can find them here on my YouTube Channel. This is my third video. Subscribe to YouTube Channel. Teaching is exhausting. This is especially true for introverted teachers like me. We work in a profession with constant communication and collaboration. You can hit a place where you feel lost. And, even if you love teaching, it can feel draining.
Sometimes you need to break up with busy:. Students need teachers who are energetic and patient. However, this requires rest and restoration. If we want kids to fall in love with reading, it helps to have teachers who spent a part of their summer lost in their own fictional worlds or playing around with the ideas they read in a Malcolm Gladwell book.
Teaching is an exhausting gig. Read a book. Watch movies. Go hiking. Binge watch Stranger Things. Kick the soccer ball around with your daughter.
This idea is echoed in an articlewhere author Thomas Oppong wrote:. According to researchthe brain gradually stops registering a sight, sound or feeling if that stimulus remains constant over time. You lose your focus and your performance on the task declines.
When faced with a long creative problem, it is best to impose brief breaks on yourself. Brief mental breaks will actually help you stay focused on your task and improve your idea generation approach. A structured downtime can help you do your best work. Your brain needs downtime to remain industrious and generate better ideas. But if you want to treat the winter break as a true break, here are some strategies you might want to try out. In the end, the more renewal and restoration we experience, the more creative we will be in our teaching. And that, in turn, is better for students.
My goal is simple. I want to make something each day. Sometimes I make things. Sometimes I make a difference.
On a good day, I get to do both. More about me. Excellent article! Thank you for this brilliant article. As a higher education lecturer in South Africa, I totally identify with everything herein and really appreciate the helpful tips you provided. Such a wonderful notion to think that teachers share in these thoughts and practices across the globe. Loved this article! I am so grateful I came across this. As we were decorating today, I was looking to decorate our Reminder board. Thank you for this!
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Learn how your comment data is processed. Hit enter to search or ESC to close. Close Search. Originally written on December 18, Each year, I expand on this. I needed to be unproductive. John Spencer My goal is simple. Priscilla says:. December 27, at am. Judith kornfeld says:.
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Finding Renewal on Your Winter Break