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Old 12-29-2013, 08:40 PM
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Do you ever get nervous to return after break?

Do you ever get nervous to return after a break? This is my first year and I know for many different reasons I will be applying to a new school next school year. My year is not going bad, but I so nervous to return after break. I almost wish I didn't have a break because I would still be in the flow of things. :/ Is this normal?
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Old 12-30-2013, 09:31 AM
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I remember years that I wouldn't want to go back or that I wish the break was longer. It was worse when the kids were younger. Sometimes, I'd get the feeling that I'd like to be a stay at home mom. I wasn't ready to go back this fall, but that was due to some ongoing medical concerns.

I don't remember how I felt the year that I made the decision to not to return to the school at the end of the year. Actually, I was depressed much of the year, the students, husband, & own kids are what kept me going, it sure wasn't the principal or anyone else in that school.

No matter what, even when I look forward to going back, it takes a day or so to get back into the routine of things.
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Old 12-30-2013, 10:27 AM
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Yes, it is normal.
It will take you, and the kids, a few days to adjust.
I try to enjoy them and their stories instead of getting deep into the curriculum again.

I too dread the after break time.
We only have off Dec 25-Jan 1.
Yes I dread the long haul until May.
We do not have a single day off until then.
Hoping for that snow day.
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Old 12-30-2013, 11:31 AM
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Yes. I always do. Mostly because we really start heavy test prep, which this year I'm really dreading, more than usual. This group is, well...let's say they're not the brightest bulbs on the Christmas tree.

And leaving my little boy is really hard.

Beth
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Old 12-30-2013, 12:55 PM
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I know I'm freaking out. Mostly because I feel like I need to prep a ton more that I haven't yet. First week was relaxing with family. This week, it will be nose to the grindstone.
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Old 12-30-2013, 12:58 PM
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We only have off Dec 25-Jan 1.
Yes I dread the long haul until May.
We do not have a single day off until then.
Hoping for that snow day.
You had to work on Christmas Eve? You get no Spring Break?
Is this a public school? If so, where is your Union?
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Old 12-30-2013, 12:59 PM
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OP, I'm always nervous to go to work; just a daily feeling of anxiety and dread.
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Old 12-30-2013, 01:10 PM
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You had to work on Christmas Eve? You get no Spring Break?
Is this a public school? If so, where is your Union?
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No spring break (although rumor has it there MIGHT be one 2015)
Union doesn't have a say
We start after Labor Day and are done the 3rd week in May.
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Old 12-30-2013, 01:36 PM
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Rabbit, sounds like my schools growing up. We would start around Aug. 23rd and been done before Memorial Day. Our only breaks were Labor Day, Thanksgiving & the day after, & Good Friday. We had a 1/2 day on Christmas Eve and usually went back on January 2nd or 3rd.

Yes, they were public schools.
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Old 12-30-2013, 01:40 PM
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Dismissed at 12:15 Dec 24.
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No spring break (although rumor has it there MIGHT be one 2015)
Union doesn't have a say
We start after Labor Day and are done the 3rd week in May.
WOW that is a short school year (we started after Labor Day and go until June 27!!), but no breaks during the year?? I don't think I could deal with that.


To the OP - yes, it's totally normal. It's only my second year, but I understand how you're feeling. You have the momentum going, and then you get back to feeling like yourself again, away from school...and it's scary to go back to the craziness. (and waking up super early! lol) It helps me to plan some exciting and new things to start after break. I've revamped my schedule and we will be starting writers workshop, so I'm excited to try new things with my students. That gives me the motivation I need to get back into the grind.

I will be applying to a new school for next year as well. My year is going fine and I love my current school, but I absolutely HATE my current area. I would guess that you, like me, are experiencing a lot of anxiety about that. I have to tell my admin, mentor, and lead teacher in January so I can get letters of rec (hiring starts in Feb where I want to move), and I know things are going to be really different after that. Job searching is so stressful and demoralizing, so I really think that might be part of your hesitation about going back, realizing that this stretch from January to the end of the year also includes that component. I know I am feeling very uneasy about that as well. Best of luck to you!
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