Dear New Teacher (during fall and winter break)
Updated: Dec 15, 2019
Congratulations! You've made it to December. I know October and November can seem long and almost difficult to get through. But the good news is December brings so much to anticipate.
-A countdown to winter break! -A countdown to the end of 1st semester (HALF WAY WHAT?!) -A countdown to anything really!
Here are a few strategies I've picked up along the way to maximize my breaks.
1. I prep my lessons for the first return day or two before I leave. This has reduced so much anxiety over break, and I get to be present more with my friends and family.
2. I put an auto reply on my email. If you have access to your work email from your phone, turn off notifications. (I mean, I could go on about how I feel you should take your work email off your phone all together, but to each his own. But I'm just saying.)
3. I don't OVER schedule myself. I love my friends and family, but I personally also need a few days of individual recharge. I know that if I want to hang out with friends, all I have to do is text.
4. I plan something fun to look forward to over break, and the week I return to work. Over break, I try to do something I wouldn't have time for, like seeing a movie during the day, getting a massage, or traveling a few hours to visit a few friends. I like to plan something for the return week so I don't feel so down and I still create that sense of anticipation.
December is going to FLY by. And before you know it, you are done with the first half of your year.
Just Breathe. You've got this.