Since this is my first year, I'm still at a loss as to what teachers normally do at certain times throughout the year. For example, my current dilemma is that I'm not sure what to do with my students when we return from Winter Break on Thursday. I know that we can pick up where we left off before the holidays, but I haven't seen them for two weeks and would like to have the chance to ease back into the routine of school. Does that make sense? Is easing back into things even a good idea or will it make my life tougher in the long run? What do some of you more experienced teachers normally do after the long holiday?