Well, you made it! Either you are about to enjoy a long weekend in honor of Presidents Past or you are about to settle into a glorious whole week of winter break. Aaaahhhhh! (My apologies in advance to those of you who lost vacation days due to a hideous number of snow days. But I'm thinking that maybe you're dying to be back IN your classrooms and are desperately trying to get caught up...my heart goes out to you.)
Do you know one of the things I miss most about being in the classroom? Besides my friends of course, who I am missing quite a bit these days. Ironically, for someone who misses their little faces so much, I also miss that second after the last friend has been dismissed and the last errant sweater has been retrieved from the classroom. That second where you walk back upstairs to your classroom and feel free as a bird! You walk down the hall to cheers erupting from various classrooms as other colleagues celebrate making it through the last few ridiculously hard weeks. Maybe there is a moderate amount of adult high-fiving...it really depends on your school.
Most teachers return to their classrooms after this Walk of Glory and have two reactions.
Some teachers dash around like crazy people, gathering up piles of To Dos and straightening up a bit before running, LITERALLY RUNNING out the door to get ahead of traffic/catch the early train. They may or may not get their enormous Teacher Bags stuck in doors and/or have been known accidentally take out a kid or two in the process. These teachers want to get the hell out of Dodge. (I never really understood that phrase, but I think it fits nicely here. Although I'm unsure about capitalizing the word Dodge...) I imagine that these teachers are heading directly to some sort of happy hour. No stopping at Go, no collecting $200, just straight to the bar.
Other teachers saunter into their rooms, luxuriating in the idea that they can get everything done before they walk out the door, leaving their rooms uber-prepared for the return of those people who are constantly making a mess of the classroom the children. They can be seen happily crossing things off their To Do Lists and packing a modest pile of work to bring home with them. (Because no matter which type of teacher you are, you almost NEVER go home with an empty bag. Now, that doesn't mean we actually TOUCH what is in our bags, but that is another post for another day.) I always worry a bit for this teacher because, after a vacation in which rooms are usually "deep cleaned", you never know what condition your classroom will be in when you return. Coming back to total disarray can certainly ruin your Post Vacation Buzz, but I digress.
I have been both of those teachers. I guess it really depends on the week you've had leading up to said break. Either way, who cares, YOU'VE GOT A DAY (OR FIVE) OFF!
Oh and have a drink for me. I miss them.
P.S. And don't forget that Teach Hub is giving away $100 gift certificates for spa days (click here and scroll down)....could be a hot way to maintain that positive attitude...