Day 27: What role do weekends and holidays play in your teaching?
Weekends and holidays are time for me to rest and recharge with my family and friends, allowing me to put in my best work at school Monday-Friday. I work hard during the week and do my best to get everything done at school. I don’t bring work home in the evenings, and on the weekends I limit lesson planning and grading to an hour or two on Sunday afternoons.
That being said, many of my hobbies support what I do in the classroom. I blog about teaching, and I read other teachers’ blogs. I listen to NPR’s Alt Latino podcast as I cook dinner and clean house, discovering new music and maintaining my own language skills. I travel every summer I can afford to, again, strengthening my own language skills and deepening my appreciation of Spanish and Hispanic cultures. While these activities aren’t “real work,” they certainly support and enrich what I teach in my classroom.