Yes, it is confusing…the holiday break. I, once again, awoke on the first morning of the break to the scratchy-throat-ed awareness that I was sick.
I have a mile-long to do list each holiday, and each holiday, I get sick. I wallow on the couch, occasionally trying to get something done, but eventually succumbing to sleep. My son dances around me, asking if he can please have a coke or play “Grand Theft Auto.”
That’s the point when I lift my heavy head off the couch, croak a bleary “No!” and go back to sleep. I always awaken to him wasting his holiday away on Mincraft and cartoons.
Why does this happen every year? I don’t know, but I’ve spoken to many other teachers who often endure the same fate. Someone once told me, “We hold it together, and then we collapse.”
Teaching is a great, family-friendly profession that allows for great hours and a LOT of time off.
But the time off is spent recuperating from and preparing for the whirlwind race that is the school year.
So here’s to the holidays and making a teacher’s life easier. Free stuff for your classroom below. Try not to write any lessons for the next week, and happy holidays!
From me, here’s a free (for a limited time) lesson on analyzing primary sources. There are activities, a PowerPoint, and cloze notes.
Here are a set of free reading task cards from Jessica Tobin:
Here is a wonderful free Shakespeare Scavenger Hunt from Juggling ELA:
Or try this free clip art, perfect for Presidents’ Day from Charlotte’s Clips:
Enjoy, and let me know how your holiday is going in the comments below!
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