Tips For Teachers On How To Reduce Holiday Season Stress

The weeks leading up to the holiday break can be very stressful if you don't plan ahead. Read below for our top tips for reducing stress before, during and after the holiday break from the 2 Peas and a Dog blog.

Teachers everywhere look forward to their holiday break in December. Spending the Christmas season with friends and family helps get us through the snowy cold days of November and December. The weeks leading up to the holiday break can be very stressful if you don't plan ahead. Read below for our top tips for reducing stress before, during and after the holiday break.

Free Interactive Christmas Writing Prompts from 2 Peas and a Dog.
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
     as bring the joy of the holiday season to your classroom. Try our 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
    different cultures and faiths. We can 
    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. 

During The Holiday Break
  • 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

Check out other great holiday ideas by visiting the rest of the blog posts in this series. Click here to read more. 

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The weeks leading up to the holiday break can be very stressful if you don't plan ahead. Read below for our top tips for reducing stress before, during and after the holiday break from the 2 Peas and a Dog blog.

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  2. I like the idea of that RAFT choice board assignment! I think my students would have some fun with that! :)

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