It’s happening. Many of us are already basking in the glow of holiday break. Others have only a few more hours/days to go before they join the party.
There's no doubt that you have visits scheduled, family traditions to look forward to, or a sweet vacation peppered with ample amounts of downtime. Here’s to hoping it’s everything you’ve been looking forward to and more.
Today we’re sharing five easy, rejuvenating things you’ve gotta do before you get back to the classroom.
Take 20 minutes somewhere within your holiday break to jot down your thoughts about your last year in the classroom and goals for teaching in 2016. Break is an opportune time for reflecting and intention-setting for the year ahead, offering a chance to clear our thoughts and start fresh and focused. (If you need a little inspiration to get started, check this guest post from Craig Vroom.)
Whether it’s a blog post or a novel that’s been on your list, sprinkle in some reads over break that are interesting and inspiring to you. We recently shared 15 edu books that edtech-loving teachers will dig. Consider it a starting point.
Winter break might mean prolonged stretches of travel. Whether you’re going by plane, train, bus, or car, you might be thankful to have a podcast or two to pass the time. Aim to listen to one new podcast while you have some time away. You can try a classic like Radiolab or This American Life, or perhaps one of our edu podcast picks will be up your alley.
We hope that break allows you a chance to play. Play games with your family. Play tug-of-war with your pet. Play with new gadgets you received during the holiday season. Or play with new edtech platforms you’ve been thinking about adding to your classroom.
As much as this is a blog about all things edtech, we fully acknowledge the benefits of unplugging. This break, we encourage you to focus on the things that are important to you.
Maybe it’s stepping out of school mode for a few days and logging quality time with loved ones. Maybe it’s finishing that book that’s been on your list. Maybe it’s completing a classroom-related goal like learning a new tech tool or researching something you’d like to implement next year. But whatever you decide to do during your break, make the absolute most of it by giving these tasks your undivided focus.