Before The Holiday Break
- At the beginning of December, strategically plan out all your lessons and marking load to ensure that your are not bringing home a giant pile of marking.
- Make sure you prep lessons ahead of time for the at least the first and second week back. It is better to stay a late one night and get everything ready, than to be in a rush after the holidays.
- Always save your best and most engaging lessons for the week before break.
- Accept that students will leave early before break or arrive late after break. Your teaching will need to adjust to this change.
- Have fun with your students! Use our Free Christmas Writing Prompts activity and enjoy reading out loud what funny stories emerge in your classroom.
- Get creative with your lessons so that they cover curriculum expectations as well Christmas Creative Writing Assignment. Students are provided with 5 different Christmas themed RAFT format writing options (Role, Audience, Format, Topic). They will take on the of role of one character: Santa's Elf, Christmas Turkey, Gingerbread man, Christmas Tree or Museum Curator and create a written product based on the character's specific scenario. This one assignment allows students to practise their creative writing, celebrate the holiday season and covers curriculum expectations for layout, design and writing.
- Our world is a global village. It is important for our students to learn about help our students learn about different celebrations with this holiday research assignment. Students will work in pairs to research 1 of the 16 suggested holiday and/or cultural celebrations. Students could also choose to research a local holiday or cultural celebration. Research is presented to the class in a slideshow format.
- Do not take marking home over break (unless it is non-negotiable i.e. exams, finals, summatives)
- Spend time with family, friends and pets which you don't get to see during the school year.
- Try out a new recipe or two to add to your post holiday season meal plan. Check out our Dinner and Dessert recipe Pinterest boards.
- Use some of your time on holiday break to gather new lesson ideas using Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook Groups, Teachers Pay Teachers
After The Holiday Break
- Use the first class after holiday break to re-establish classroom community, class norms/rules and procedures.
- Don't launch into new content the first day back, give students a time to review content, journal about their break and share a memory with their peers
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