I know this week is full of excitement and anxiety…excitement for the students and anxiety for you. How are you going to keep their attention? How are you going to keep your attention? How can you contain and focus the craziness that is the week before Winter Break?
I don’t have a lot of advice for you. You have to find what works best for you, your students, and your situation. However, I did write a fun little poem a couple of years ago that will give you a little laugh as you face this week. I thought I would share it again this year. It is based on the poem, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore. Have a little giggle and enjoy!
‘Twas the Week/Day Before Break
‘Twas the day before break, when all through the classroom,
Each creature was stirring; the teacher, too, I assume;
The students were antsy and moving here and there;
In hopes that the clock would move faster if they just stare;
The administration was nestled all snug in their offices;
With having visions of no calls about students from all of us;
And you in your holiday sweater and matching cap,
Just want to settle your brain for a long winter’s nap,
When out on the hall there arose such a clatter,
You sprang from your chair to see what was the matter.
Away to the door you flew like a flash,
Spun doorknob and moved the door with a crash.
The fluorescent light from the hallway gave off quite a glow,
You looked left and right to see what you could know,
When the noise that had traveled to your wondering ear,
Helped you realize that it was the bell that you did hear.
The end of the day really did come so quick,
It was just like a present from dear old St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles the students they came,
And they hustled and shouted, and you called them by name:
“Now, students! bye-bye students! Bye you wonderful children!
Bye, students! Do be careful as you leave this dear buildin’!
To the top of the hallway! to the top of the hall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!”
As papers and dust in their happy wake fly,
When they meet with their bus they jump in not shy;
And back to their houses with them the bus oh it flew
With all of the girls and boys, and their energy too—
And then, in a twinkling, I heard you so true
Your prancing and dancing to your door as you did shoo.
You got in your car without turning around,
Down the parking lot you and your car were home-bound.
The school, in your rear view got smaller by sight—
“Happy Holidays to all, and to all a good night!”
Have a wonderful holiday break, you amazing Teacher! You rock and you deserve the break. Don’t forget to relax and enjoy your friends and family!