Making the Most of Your Holiday Break

With the winter holiday season rapidly approaching, students everywhere are counting down the days until they can stuff their textbooks into their lockers and not think about them until “next year.” It probably goes without saying that a lot of teachers are doing the same thing. Though the thought of taking some much needed time off is a great comfort, many teachers also use their break time to grade and plan. Here are a few ways in which you can best prepare for and make the most of your much deserved winter vacation time.


Top 15 Teacher Resources for the Classroom

I recently posed a question to all of my teacher friends as to what websites and apps they use in their classrooms. I was blown away by the responses I received; I couldn't believe the number of free, quality, and readily available resources out there for the taking. However, the downside is that it can be overwhelming to navigate all of these websites and apps, and with precious little free time to dedicate to that kind of research, many teachers are often unaware of these potential gold mines. But fear not, for I have done the legwork for you! Here are the top 10 websites and top 5 apps I discovered after sifting through the seemingly endless list of resources.

Teacher Burnout: Rekindling the Fire

In the first installment of this piece, Teacher Burnout: Feeling the Burn, I shared with you several reasons why teacher burnout is so prevalent in the United States. But all hope is not lost! In this piece, you will discover ways in which you can prevent and reverse teacher burnout. Some of these methods will require you to shake up your routine and forge unknown paths. Then again, that might be precisely what you need. 

Teacher Burnout: Feeling the Burn

I began teaching in 2004. Before the start of the school year, the administration held a staff meeting. I remember sitting in awe as the principal recognized teachers beginning their 25th, 30th, and 35th years. That’s going to be me some day! I thought to myself, swelling with pride at the thought of standing up and receiving my round of applause after so many years of service. Twelve years later, I walked out of my classroom on the last teacher workday of the school year, a box nestled under my arm containing a few binders and tokens from students over the years. I set the box in my trunk, turned back to the building, and heaved a huge sigh of relief. I was done teaching—forever. No recognition. No applause. Just me standing alone in the June sunlight taking it all in one last time.