Four Ways Teachers Can Maximize Their Spring Break

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To my fellow educators,

Twenty seven weeks are now in the books. You have made it to spring break. Another opportunity to reset, relax, and recharge. Many of you have been counting down to this break since we returned from the winter break. Now, it is here and this is the last break until the final home stretch. Here are five ways teachers can maximize their spring break.

Do Not Grade/Do Not Plan: This break is about resting. This is not a time to get ahead or try and catch up. The only thing you should be catching up on during this time is sleep and Season 2 of This Is Us. It is called spring break for a reason and not spring extra work. Also, if you are thinking about when to return to school during your break  to plan - don’t! Take my advice and have your lesson plans for after spring break ready before the final bell rings to signal spring break.

Hang out with non-teacher friends: I am sure not all your friends are teachers and if they are then this is time to find some new friends. Teacher friends are good when school is in session for venting because they understand your day to day grind; however, on break they can be bad. When you get teachers together, the conversation is usually about school, the students, and that last staff meeting that could have been an email. During this break, find friends who are in different professions and hang out so you can have a break from school talk.

Find a Staycation: Sometimes going on vacation and flying to a beach can be draining, and you don’t get the rest that you actually deserve. A staycation allows you find the hidden gems around the city. Take some days to explore the city where you live and visit places you have never visited or haven’t visited in a while.

Sleep In: Don’t set your alarm clock. Do not plan appointments before 10:30 a.m. Take this week or two weeks to just sleep in. Even if you cannot necessarily sleep in, just rest in bed. For the past nine weeks, you have probably been getting up before the sun rises and been counting down until when you do not have to worry about that annoying alarm. Now, that time is here, so enjoy it.

The time after spring break is the hardest part of the school year. It will be made even harder if you do not get the proper rest and if you do not enjoy your spring break. Take my advice and maximize your spring break.

 

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David McGuire

Mr. McGuire is a middle school teacher in Indianapolis, Teach Plus Policy Fellow, and currently enrolled in a doctoral program at Indiana State University for Educational Leadership. Driven by the lack of having an African American male teacher in his classrooms growing up, David helped launched the Educate ME Foundation, which is geared towards increasing the number of African American male teachers in the classroom. A born and raised Hoosier, he is dedicated to improving educational outcomes for all students in Indianapolis. He describes his educational beliefs as a reformer grounded in the best practices of traditional public schools, where he was mentored by strong leaders. David graduated from Central State University with a degree in English and also holds an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University.