Dude, I’ve had 12 straight weeks of school and I am ready for a break. I am so physically exhausted. All my students are pretty sick and tired of school, too. Today in class when we were doing some practice tests for the IOWA (an Illinois standardized test) every time they finished a test I told them to close their books to indicate to me they were done and waiting. Well, they did that, and they also all put their heads down. It was like they all decided collectively to have group nap time. When we finished our practice tests, I told them that since there was just a bit of time left in class they could use it however they would like. This usually leads to loud, chaotic conversations. But this time? They were all dead silent and sleeping. I was so jealous! I wanted to put my head down, too!
Even in the teacher’s lounge, during breaks I’ve noticed people are not quite as lively as they usually are. Everyone kinda looks like a grumpy bear that needs to get out of the building and have their own fun. When the words “spring” and “break” are mentioned everyone gets this weird twinkle in their eye. It’s kinda sad that we’re all so dependent on a week off from school.
The good news is the 3rd quarter of school ended, and so we’re finally in our last quarter. This quarter usually flies by, and I’m hoping that happens this year, too. There’s always lots of end-of-the-year activities in and out of school that keep us occupied from week to week as we all start to countdown to the last day of school in June. It cannot come a moment too soon!
Until then, I’m waiting for spring break. When I can sleep everyday of the week and stay in pajamas until noon if I want, or not change at all!