I know it’s hard returning from Thanksgiving break for three long weeks until Christmas break, but it will be worth it. Hang in there!
Are educators better parents? I know I’ve gone to my daughter’s teachers and been overinvolved because I think I have inside knowledge of the inner workings of schools. I’ve caught myself being the helicopter parent and backed off because I know how annoying those kinds of parents can be. I do feel that teaching helped prepare me for parenting…after all, you can’t hit them at school so you have to learn alternative behavior management techniques. Hello PBIS…LOL!
We have so many duties as teachers, it’s hard to find a good time to take a break. Still, you should take occasional breaks to energize your mind and body.
These last three weeks before Christmas break can be a trying and stressful time. When students are acting out and getting on your nerves, just remember that they are still just children. I know they don’t seem like children sometimes because they appear so big and adult-like, but that is just their hard shell. Inside this tough, outer exterior is a soft filling. If you don’t believe me, bring in small prizes to give out: little keychains, small Happy Meal-type toys, candy, whatever…and see the excitement in their eyes when you show them. Or announce that you will be playing a game to review for a test, play some music, or take them outside the classroom for the day. They won’t be able to contain their gleeful joy. Because they are children. And children need attention. If they don’t get it, then you have a disaster on your hands for three weeks. Invest in a little attention and show your kids you care…and they might, too. 🙂 Good luck!