On day 27, TeachThought asked: What role do holidays and weekends play in your teaching?

Holidays and weekends are so important to me, because my family is so very important to me. This is time is crucial for relaxing, rejuvenating, and refreshing. My family of five lives an hour away from my in-laws, and three hours from my family. At least once a month, we make the three hour trek to see my fam, and to help take care of the first love-of-my-life, my granddad.

This fall, I have some amazing opportunities coming up, foreign language field trips, and two conferences/conventions (one state and one national). I am overjoyed that I get to participate in these, but this does mean more work (albeit fun work) and less family time.

No matter what the situation, one thing is a constant: “Sunday Funday.” Ok, that may be a little sarcasm that you are sensing. Sunday is the day that I lesson plan. I find it hard to plan at any other time. On Sundays, I know what goals my students did or did not reach the previous week, and I’m prepared to set new goals, or continuing goals for the week to come. Planning for me takes a long time, as I have five different classes to prepare for. In other words, I plan one day of lessons in the same amount of time it takes a teacher of one course to plan five days worth of lessons. I find that Sundays allow me the most time and energy to do this. Sunday FUNday!

Buena suerte,

Profe C.