Mixed emotions, to say the least. School before the holidays is quite often frustrating as students are not focused, teachers are tired, and weather is less than cooperative. As you enjoy a few more days of vacation, spend time relaxing and centering yourself… then spend some time thinking about your classroom.
- what is your morning routine? should you revamp morning meeting? Do the students come right in and get to work, or do they have time to chat with friends, then it is a struggle to get them to work?
- how is the day structured? all whole group? lots of independent work? make sure to use your research and make good decisions about how to structure the day
- does the classroom need reorganization? are materials easy to find?
Just the start of contemplation!