SOL: Fall Break

Y’ALL. Our district added a “fall break” to the school calendar last year, but since we started the year online, it felt mostly like a break before stepping into hybrid. Well, this year they kept fall break, but shortened it from one full week to three days.

Kyle and I kept our weekday alarms set for 5:00 a.m. so that we would be forced to wake up and be productive. I thought I would feel extremely guilty for dropping the kids off at daycare on our days off, but Kyle and I each finished reading our standards (helllooooo National Board) while discovering different coffee spots in the city. We ended up making it to eight different places!



I saw a meme recently (or was it an article?) that said something along the lines of self-care in education needing to be more than simply admonishing teachers for not scheduling more massages or stopping at Starbucks after a tough day. Adding a “luxury” to my plate ends up creating more work for me later because I ignored the priorities in the name of self-care.

Our fall break was scheduled at the end of a grading period, so I truly did not feel that I was ignoring day-to-day to-dos. Studying at coffee shops, highlighting and making notes, having pedagogical conversations with hubs- now that was some serious self-care. I’m so thankful for TIME to act like we were in college and pick up the kids earlier than normal, fully present and with plenty of energy!

I also hear fall break is a norm in many other places – is it for you?!!

4 thoughts on “SOL: Fall Break

  1. Sounds like you put your Fall break to good use. You got in some reading, had pedagogical conversations, plus tried out some coffee spots. I would say that was a very productive break.

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  2. I’ve always wondered about these mythical fall breaks. Glad you were able to use the time in a meaningful way. Good luck on National Boards! I need to do the maintenance this year…

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  3. Britt, what a great way to spend the three-days, such focused study and discussing pedagogy. I love the collage of all your coffee shop stops. Super way to spend your break. All the best as you proceed with the National Board Certification. I had a fall break at one school district in Arizona. We took that week to go to Disneyland, with much smaller crowds!

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