I'm wondering what it's like for other teachers this time of year. At my current school, life has been so much better than last year Last year's principal made it very clear that she wanted us teaching every moment of every day until the very end. Aside from collecting textbooks (to check if any were missing) we weren't allowed to clean cubbies, linger a few extra minutes at recess, read a novel aloud for the heck of it, etc. Kids and teachers were sooooo worn out from testing, and the last 2 weeks dragged. Behavior problems ensued. This year, my principal has told us she wants meaningful instruction to happen everyday, but she's fine with us cleaning up, having an ice cream social, watching Sarah Plain and Tall the movie (we read it this year), etc. My class is hyper of course, it's to be expected, but overall it's much calmer and pleasant. What's it like at your school?