Wow, time does fly when you have dance concerts, benchmark exams, weekly online assessments, writing exams, and uh - oh yeah, teaching to take care of! I honestly cannot recall most of what has happened since November until December 15th afternoon when school was let out and I was FREE! One of the most important tips I can give to other teachers and future educators is this:
I know we don't make good money, and of course the money we do is spent buying supplies for our classroom, but make time and budget something for a VACATION. We certainly deserve it. I can tell you wholeheartedly that after 6 years of rigorous, test crazy college prep school + 4 grueling years of undergrad + 1.3 years of graduate school (continuously!!) I never needed a "vacation". But after 3 months of teaching? oh yeah, no regrets on my vaca to Florida!
Had to take this photo - can't wait to show my kinder students!
I hope everyone else out there (especially hardworking teachers) has a safe and beautiful holiday and a fresh new year.
See you all in 2012!
Yeah, that's me. And that's a giant sting ray - no biggy. SERIOUSLY, GO ON VACATION. <3