I’m sitting here watching the news getting more than a little anxious about our pending potential blizzard. I know my East Coast colleagues can’t say the same but my school district has yet to declare a snow day this year; in fact, we didn’t partake in the snow dance last year either. While the amount of snow the wise weathermen are declaring is daunting, I’d really like just one measly snow day . . . just one. After all, there’s so much we teachers can do to remain our productive selves. Here are the top ideas. What would you add to this to-do list?
1. Always wanted to create a blog?! Snow days are perfect days to begin one. If you’re creating a blog for your classroom, I highly recommend edublogs.org. Edublogs is free (or $40 for the ad-free Pro version) and student-friendly with helpful hints every step of the way. Check out my latest, newest classroom blog for my senior expository writing class: Writing Well
2. Check out the archives of #engchat for all the great convos you’ve missed. You’ll pick up insightful ideas from a resourceful network.
4. Make ahead a scrumptious lunch to bring to school tomorrow. My recommendation: Baby spinach leaves + dried cranberries + grilled chicken + cinnamon roasted pecans + pomegranate vinaigrette = one amazing lunch! (Thanks @MichelleLMyers!)
5. Bake a batch of cookies, brownies or cupcakes to bring to your students. They will always remember you for it! OR bake a batch for your colleagues to share in the office. A favorite in my office: Mint Chocolate Brownies
6. Plan ahead!! Vow to plan at least two week’s worth of lessons for at least one class. If you’re so inclined, do this for all your classes and/or increase it to one month’s worth.
7. Organize that inbox!!! Create folders for your work emails and organize them!!! Make a folder for each class, a folder for technology tips, a folder for student information, etc.
8. Exercise. A healthy teacher is a happy teacher. Try my Workout for the Weary that will take you about 15 minutes to complete.
9. Of course, catch up on that pile of papers or set of blogs to grade!! You know I had to include this one. Maybe the least fun of ideas but perhaps the one that will make you feel most refreshed when you return.
10. Take time for fun. Snow days are as exciting for teachers as they are for students. When was the last time you made a snow angel, built a snowman, sled down a hill, had a snowball fight?