Happy Holidays to all of you hard-working teachers! Enjoy your brief time off!
My wife is still decompressing and not quite in holiday mode yet. I'm hoping for a transition any moment! :crossed fingers:
No Grinches allowed!
All my grading-to-get-to is still in a pile on the floor (which is actually less than I'd expected to take home with me due to a school emergency evacuation before the last two periods of the day Friday). I am trying to distance myself from the nitty-gritty parts of school until perhaps '09. But the thoughts are there, lingering like the Dark Side. :evil: :rolleyes:
I finished grading research papers and portfolios for 61/80 students on the 12th. I actually graded for about 10 hours on that wednesday, thursday, and then for about 8 hours on that friday before I was done. So far, no hate mail yet and I've had probably about 10 kids stop by my office last week to pick them up.
So, my vacation actually started at 4pm on friday, december 12th when I went to the faculty christmas party, where there was LOTS of wine and beer and lots of great food. I was pretty content.
Now, i'm just relaxing till classes start on Jan 12th; i need to brush up on word and excel for a class i'm teaching and i'm working on an article for the Pennsylvania CFP that discusses the antihero in graphic novels. Good times. hahaha :thumbsup:
However mother nature intervened with an early Christmas present by giving us a wicked snowstorm on Friday morning. Even though the snow didn't arrive until 8 a.m., superintendents across the region canceled school in unison well before that time.
I kinda had a feeling the night before on Thursday that we might not have snow. Local meteorologists hyped the storm up prior and the last words from our superintendent during the teacher's Christmas party was to "check the radio tomorrow," for weather reports.
Now, I normally am giddy about snow days but the fact is the last day before break is a special day filled with parties and such. I usually give my students a light workload during the day by doing Holiday related puzzles and games. We were in the process of finishing our novel "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever." I had planned on showing Mickey's Christmas Carol.
I still had a gift to finish for the parents of my students too (I did luckily send one home the real last day of school). I am sure we will have the party after break but it won't be the same. Guess I can't complain with having time off.
Happy Holidays to all SSG members, teachers, their spouses, or not! :thumbsup:
BCJ, can you elaborate on your early release on your last day before break?
Yea! My wife is now recognizable! Decompression complete! She's now enjoying the last week of her vacation....just in time for me to go back to work tonight! :cross-eye