I can't believe we're back at school already! I walked into my classroom this morning and thought about how fast our winter break went by. The list of things I was so sure I was going to do over the break took a backseat to all the "nothing" I did. I'm glad I didn't do any school related work over the break because I came to school this morning refreshed and ready to start.
The students all walked in this morning with smiles on their faces, excited to see their friends and myself. I was given many hugs and heard many stories about their time away from school. The students also needed this time off to recharge. The morning went by smoothly and I could tell the students were ready for school to begin again.
As an athlete growing up, I like to think of our winter break as our "half-time", where everyone looks forward to the second half with excitement and ready to take on any challenge. (Here's some information on how to evaluate your program at mid year.) The second half is my favorite. By now the students are used to the routine and have a strong background on all the basic skills for reading and writing. The skills the students learned over the first half make it an easy transition into the harder skills. I am looking forward to the students writing more. I always enjoy reading stories that the student come up with.
I just wanted to write to everyone and wish them luck on their second half. I truly think the rest of the school year will be amazing and filled with new experiences. (Read some tips for mid year motivation!) I don't like to do New Year's resolutions but after the hectic year I had last year I decided to make one. This year, I want to cherish the moments between myself and my students. Things were becoming overwhelming at times and I didn't enjoy the small moments such as my students making jokes or making it across the monkey bars for the first time. I want to take the time to enjoy these moments because to my students these moments are huge.