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Movie Day?

I’ve lived a life of utter gluttony and hedonism this past week. I’ve eaten just about everything in sight–you know, as long as it had high fat and sugar content. I’ve napped every day, a couple of times twice a day. I didn’t go Black Friday shopping with my sister and nieces, opting instead to stay home in my pajamas while my husband headed to the deer lease for his boy’s weekend. I’ve read four books, none of which I intend to teach at all. I’ve stayed up late watching recently released movies (including a few Pixar movies because we all know those movies aren’t actually for children anyway).

Ahhh. Thanksgiving break.

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12 Ways Teachers Know They Need Winter Break

stress relaxFor teachers, November can be a busy, difficult time. All our projects are finally launched, everyone is buried under 3 feet of paperwork, showers appear to be optional on weekends, and no one wants to make eye contact with administration because we all know that means we will be asked to do something else. It seems the only way to maintain sanity is to find the humor in what often seems humorless.

So, for all my colleagues, friends, family, and all the educators in the world, here’s to salvaging your sanity–

12 ways you know you need winter break:

12. You know there are exactly 112 days of school left.

11. Living in the mountains with no cell reception or internet begins to sound like a solid early retirement plan.

10. You stare at your living room wall for 20 minutes and your only thought is, “When did we paint it that color?!?” Continue reading “12 Ways Teachers Know They Need Winter Break”

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