We start Spring Break on Friday. I have only been back to work for two months, so I don’t feel the all-consuming need to run out of my classroom as soon as that last bell rings. I’m just getting into a groove with my students, and I’m actually a little annoyed that I’ll be losing them for a week (which really means at least a week and a half between students taking off and checking out). There are other ways I’m approaching Spring Break differently this year, too.
I usually use Spring Break as my week to do a million things. I grade; I plan; I take measure of the year so far. I’m usually a busy bee during Spring Break, spending at least one full day at Barnes and Noble or the library. In fact, the week before Break is usually my easiest because I know I’m saving everything for my time off.
This year, however, I’m trying to get as much as possible accomplished before Friday. I want to spend time with my girl, and I don’t want grading or planning or emailing hanging over my head. I want to relish our daytime together, going on walks, the zoo, the park. I want to just relax and spend time with her.
I’m also hoping to get some work done on my dissertation, which I’ve let languish for the better part of a year. I have a meeting on Saturday that I’m hoping will energize me and focus me with a plan of attack. I’m hoping to finish it in the next six to ten months, so I need to get moving.
All of this to say that this week I’ll be working my butt off trying to get ready to do nothing. I think it will be worth it.