It’s nearing the end of our March Break. For the first time in a very long time, I really did take some time off. Don’t get me wrong: I always spend some time over March Break reading books, meeting with friends, and sleeping in, but I also usually do a little bit of school work each day. Today is Friday, and I didn’t even think about doing work until later on this week. I even shared far fewer tweets and Instagram posts over the past week (which is a rarity for me), and this is my first time blogging since last Saturday.
Yes, I do have some things that need to get done before I head back to school on Monday. I have …
- some errands to run.
- lesson plans to print.
- a presentation to finish.
I’m also taking a course through The MEHRIT Centre, and I did spend time over the Break working through the current modules. I’m not sure if I really consider this work though. Much of my time for this course is spent conversing online with amazing people that have given me a better understanding of self-regulation. It’s really because of this course that I took a real break this week. I’ve come to understand the importance of my own mental health, and if I’m relaxed and recharged, I can do and be so much more for my students.
When my superintendent, Sue Dunlop, sent me this tweet this morning …
I decided that I am going to end this Break reading a great mystery book because it’s something that I love. Please don’t get me wrong. I love teaching, and I am looking forward to going back to school on Monday. I’m excited to see the kids again, and I’m very eager to see how they respond to some upcoming invitations for learning.
Maybe it’s okay though to admit that we need a break and take the time to have one. What do you think? How do you recharge? I hope that everyone had a great March Break and got some well-deserved “me time.”