Do you do school stuff over the break or do you just relax?

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  1. Sierra

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    I did a ton of work in early December, so I could get a break:D
     
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    I do a little of both.

    I've prepped the work for the extra class I picked up in November. I do have a bit more work to do, and my kids have a little work to get done that needs to be supervised.

    But the bulk of my schoolwork was done last summer. So I spend most of my vacations centered on my family.
     
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    I stayed late the last day before break to get lesson plans done so that I wouldn't have to do them during break. I will spend an afternoon on grading though. But as a general rule I greatly limit my school work during breaks and focus on relaxing and spending time with my family.
     
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    I have to work over break. I'm teaching a brand new class starting in January.
     
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    I'll go in one day over break to clean the room and put away all the Christmas stuff.
     
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    I should do more than I'm going to, but I really do need a break. I did bring 6 books with me to read through for a book club I'll be running with grade 7 and 8 students starting in late January. I had a stack of marking packed to bring to Florida with me, but I took it out of the bag and left it at home--it can be done the first day back.
     
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    A bit of work, some home stuff and some fun...it's about taking some time to rest, reflect and rejuvenate.
     
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    I plan to go in a little bit -- today in fact -- to start thinking about Maternity Leave plans. :)

    Also we're starting multiplication the Tuesday we get back so I want to be sure to be ready for that!

    Take down the Nativity Scene, etc and get all set up for January...

    I feel better knowing it's "done" than leaving it for the days we get back, just preference. :) :love:
     
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    Other than visiting the "teacher boards" no school work for me. The school is locked so I couldn't go even if I wanted. I did my lesson plans for the first week back before break started. We have a staff develpment day on the 3rd so I may stay later and straighten the room/ take down the tree before the kids come back.
     
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    I do a bit of school work, but it's stuff I enjoy doing like prepping lessons, etc. I don't grade papers or do any of the stuff I hate. LOL. Lesson planning is fun for me, so when I have the time off, I enjoy looking for new things to do with my kids.
     
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    Me too! Sometimes I wish it wasn't always locked because it would be nice to have the option to go in on a free day, so that I didn't have to stay late so many nights. Over break I am planning to find one day to sit around and get some work done, though I did a lot of my planning the week before break.
     
  13. TeacherApr

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    I have to rearrange desks and do lesson plans. That will be done and completed today. I go crazy having all this time off and not do work. I'm a work a holic and if I didn't work I would end up spending money I don't have.
     
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    My first year or two of teaching, I always had to plan or prep on holidays and weekends.

    Now in my third year, I'm with Alice-- I spent a great deal of time over the summer planning my calendar of weekly reading and grammar skills, prepping for activities, creating my own interactive skill notebooks, and finding any worksheets and assessments that I needed. This has made planning in language arts a breeze this year!

    In math, we are a Saxon math school, so I don't have to do hardly any planning, but I do supplement it with a vocabulary notebook which I also created over the summer.

    In science, I am planning as I go along this year. I did organize my interactive notebook and pulled reading passages that go with each unit. As we go, I am working on finding other activities, and also a science experiment per week.
     
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    Funny you should mention it... TODAY is school work day for me.
     
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    Me too, McKenna! I have a stack of grading to do, and then I'll spend another morning working on lesson plans. We had a crazy couple weeks before break with snow days, etc., so I was rearranging lessons on the fly. I also have to plan exactly how my kiddos are going to do the science fair...
     
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    ooh, I should also add that the week we get back is the week for report cards...ugh!
     
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    I do some work during the break. I work on my lesson plans and also on organizing my paperwork.
     
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    The only thing I plan to do is grading the essays that I brought home with me, bu so far... I haven't touched them. I have two more weeks. :)
     
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    I am relaxing. I will work on my newsletter on Sunday night, lesson plans are written and most of my photocopying was done before break. I will go in early Monday to do a few things
     
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    For the most part, I do only the school work that I find most enjoyable so it doesn't at all seem like work. I'll devote one day to actually going in and working (and cleaning!). That was supposed to be today, but...

    :whistle:

    (This break is more disorganized and crazy than most in regards to school work because we were out of school for most of the last week due to weather...so things are pretty messy both literally and figuratively.)
     
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    I never had a reason to do HW for work before, but if I did, I'd stay late after work a couple or so days before the break starts, just so I don't have to bring any work home.
     
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    I did not bring any work home over this winter break. I try really hard not to bring things home over breaks, although, I did over Thanksgiving, bring SPED paper work home.
     
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    I used to go in just before Christmas and do some of my own stuff, gifts, (being a shop teacher if I supplied my own materials I could work all I wanted).
    Between Christmas and New Years I would go in to work on school stuff it was quieter and no distractions.
    I'd take the kids when they were younger and they would take some scrap wood make some "invention."
    When my son was a baby I'd set up his crib next to my desk and drafting table at home (equipped with all the stuff a baby needs) turn on some good working music and write lesson plans, design my display boards, create work sheets and tests for the rest of the year, since the step kids would be away visiting their Bio dad I only had my son to deal with, we had a great time with mom working and I being "Mr Mom" for the Christmas vacation. I always found I was very productive during the break, so why waste it.
     
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    Since I just got a job, I have to do work over break. My break is short too, cause my new school starts earlier than I would have at my old school. I'm going in tomorrow with about 10 boxes of my things. I have more, but I'm not sure yet if there's room for everything. Hopefully I can get more information from my team teachers so that I can work from home the next few days. It's a little bit longer drive for me, and we only have one car for the next week, so I don't want to drive out every day.
     
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    I've been working for a couple of hours each day on school projects. I love having time during vacations to research and create materials. Right now I'm teaching myself PowerPoint, so I'm spending most of my time on the computer. I've also been doing school related items during wait time...my husband has had several doctor appointments where I sat in the waiting room for an hour or so and I'm taking the car in for service today so I'll have some time to sit in their waiting room and work.
     
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    That was my plan, but I was there late getting things ready for the special events we had in the last days before break (an author celebration, the geography bee, Christmas crafts/parties, etc.) Plus, there was a lot of stuff that needed to get done at home. Even still, I only brought home about 1 full day's worth of work.
     
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    I haven't yet... but I still have another week!

    I switched grade levels this year, so I have some prep to do to get the next few months organized. I'll take an afternoon one day and just power through. I know I will be grateful later that I took the time.

    But for now, I am prepping by relaxing and taking a much needed break!!
     
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    I did all my grading and planning before the break but I have some work to do for the school play that I direct. We start rehearsals after the break.
     
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    I stripped the room of Christmas before I left on break but I did bring my teacher bag home with me to work on some lesson plans. It's work that I enjoy doing and it will make my days back at school run more smoothly.
     
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    Evenings, weekends, and all holidays are mine. I will not let teaching rule my life outside work - it is not fair to me or, more importantly, to my family. I learned that early in my career - if I can't get done with work while at school, I'm not using my time wisely. When I left school at the start of break, I was prepared to start the day we returned.
     
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    That's a great rule to always live by. I feel the same way.
     
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    I had very low attendance the last few days of school. We (para) got a lot of stuff taken care of. I even got grades in. I've been doing fun stuff, mainly look for new ideas online.
     
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    Relax. I deserve it.
     
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    I haven't done anything except rearrange the class lists. Sounds like a lot, but it wasn't. We were supposed to do it after Thanksgiving, and we didn't get to it.

    Explanation: We spent the first semester pulling out the kids who were severely below level (13 of them) and had them rotate as a team. They got some very basic reteaching and two teachers for math and reading. Now they are ready to mix into the other classrooms. We wanted to mix them in after 3 months, but got swamped with things to do and had to get a few more caught up to the other classes.

    The only subject that will be ability grouped will be math, meaning a whole class of math geniuses and a small class of kids who still need major help. Then another class of kids on level.

    This is our first year trying this. We'll see what happens.
     
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    We due for a Middle States re-evalutation this week, so we all got a little bit of paperwork to bring home.

    I did mine this afternoon; it took about 45 minutes.
     
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    :thumb: This is my goal. It's going to take me some adjustments because I am high-strung, but ultimately this is my goal.
     
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    I can't do it

    I should do some work, but our first day back is a prep day. I'll do it then.
     
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    First year teacher who started in October, so I brought home the stuff I would have done before school started :) I am using next week as my first week of school so I am prepping the class the way I want it.
    Also I took my ESL suppliment earlier this week, so I studied all last week. Now I just sit and wait for my results. I hated spending my holiday studying, but I knew I would not have time during the school weeks :)
     

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