Three Day Work Week 11.21.16

For those who have been reading, I would like to thank you. For those who just started following or reading the blog, I would like to give you a little background on me as an educator. I am entering my 21st year as an educator, and during this time, I have tried to keep a history of my teaching, but for a number of reasons, it has not been a success. This year, I have a motivator – it will be an objective for my evaluation. This will not be anything fancy, just a collection of events and thoughts of my day. Also, this will not be proofread, so hopefully you will not judge, but rather have a better understanding of my journey as an educator and person.

Yes, educators are patiently waiting for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Some school systems have already released the students and the teachers, while others are hanging in there until Wednesday of this week. Hopefully, most will get a half day, but I’m sure there will be systems that work a full day. Either way, this is a THREE DAY WORK WEEK for me.

Now, some think that is great, but those who are thinking that have never tried to manage 24 or 25 eight year old, or better yet, 24 or 25 five year old kids. These three days are difficult because the goal is to keep the students engaged and learning, but they are tired, as well as know it’s close to a holiday. Yes, I know the job of an educator is to manage a classroom, and I also know that we chose our professions, but it’s still a difficult task to keep students engaged and learning during the days before a holiday.

This is what makes the THREE DAY WORK WEEK seem like an eternity. Everyone, including those in the office and cafeteria, is waiting for that bell to ring so they can have a few days off from work. There seems to be more planning involved with the short week because the attention spans of students and educators is SHORT.

The only good thing about the THREE DAY WORK WEEK …. a.k.a. SHORT WEEK is that it will happen again in about three weeks. Educators become veteran lesson plan makers sooner than later because of the school calendar. If you have been in education for a couple of decades, you get use to all of the chaos, and learn pretty quickly to stay calm during the storm. It will only last for a few days …. lick your wounds and start off fresh and more prepared the next time.

So, overall, I’m glad for the THREE DAY WORK WEEK … I will come back ready to go next MONDAY! Hope the kids are ready for me!

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