I'm really really impressed with my kiddos. With only a couple of exceptions, they have been excellent coming back from break and being inside for 3 days straight. No real behavior concerns or issues at all. My kids aren't naughty kids, they just struggle with big transitions. This is really true of my district, I think...because in the 9 years I have taught there, most of the time the few days following a break can be a big challenge.
I attribute that to many of them having no real structure over the longer breaks and it can be really hard for them to come back to expectations. I really put my patient hat on for those days following a break because usually I really need it. But this year, despite the super cold temps that have kept us inside all day, they have done awesome. They were chatty this afternoon but seriously if that's the biggest complaint... :)
Something exciting is happening tomorrow for me. I don't want to share yet just because I know eyes and ears do sometimes read my blog and I don't want to spoil anything. I was really amazed when the phone call came in today. If you are so inclined, think positive thoughts for me between 4:30-5 pm EST on Thursday.
Thus far this week I have stuck to my not bringing work home resolution. Of course I have plenty to do that I could bring home, but I am learning to maximize my time and so far, so good. We'll see how long it lasts ;) I can't tell you how nice it has been to get home by 4:30 and actually be able to cook dinner for, a real dinner, for my family and sit down together without feeling the need to rush off and work on school stuff. Plus I watched 3 episodes of SOA last night. On a school night. Unreal! :)