What role do weekends and holidays play in your teaching?
A cup of coffee, the Today Show, 2 dogs and 1 cat on (or next to) my lap. I LOVE holidays! Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and my birthday (funny how that worked out)! Holidays and weekends are incredibly important in teaching.
First, they give me time to relax and rejuvenate, which is super important after working an average of 55-60 hours a week! Second, I typically use weekends and holidays to plan lessons, grade papers, set-up experiments, and do a little professional development. Without this time to plan and grade, I’d never get it done. In a typical day at school I don’t have time to grade papers or plan lessons. Finally, I spend time with my hubby and friends. In my first few years of teaching, I found it very easy to spend 8 hours on a Saturday just doing school stuff. I soon found out that I need to set aside time for myself, family, and friends. Without that time, its easy to get sucked into a world that only includes work.
So, here is my advice for new teachers: make time for yourself. You’ll be happier which will make you a better teacher in the long-run!!