Take A Break
Most every job in education is demanding. I think about the classroom teachers who are performing in front of students each day and the principals who are constantly problem solving even in their "off" hours. (People don't bring them their celebrations; most of the time they are brought issues to solve.) I also consider the bus drivers who get the kids to and from school and the counselors who are preparing to set up schedules for the upcoming school year. The list goes on and on. All of these school workers need to get away to rest and re-energize.
Do Things You Enjoy And Rest
It is important for all of us to disconnect from the daily grind and relax. This is vital for our personal health and well being. For me, relaxing helps the renewal of creativity. It is good to clear my mind of stressful dates and tasks. While on vacation, I love taking photos, playing music, and sleeping late for a change of pace. I hope you can choose some of your favorite distractions for your spring break and the upcoming weekends.
For The Brave
If you are a brave 21st century connected educator, try turning off your devices when you have vacation time. Find those things you love to do and truly take a "break" for spring break. If you have already had spring break, make some time to disconnect each weekend!
I'm not sure I can totally shut off social media for my spring break, but I am going to disconnect for a large part of it. I'm choosing to do this not only for myself, but so that I can experience a renewal for those I serve. I'm glad my co-workers challenged me so that I can spread it to you.
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