Yes, I’m about to embark on two weeks of lying on a beach somewhere sipping pina coladas – because that’s what us bludging teachers do in the school holidays, right?
Alas, this is not the case for most of us. In fact, I reckon that if I monitored how much actual ‘holiday’ time I got, it would be far less than the standard four weeks that people in other professions get. Let’s take today, for example: at 7am on Good Friday I was scouring the department’s PL database to see what professional learning opportunities were available next term for me and my team. Then I went through my emails to chase up anything that I didn’t get around to chasing up yesterday. Now I’m taking some time to actually compile a to-do list for the holidays, because I see my “holidays” as a time to “do work away from work” – valuable time to step away from the day-to-day school survival, think clearly about teaching and learning and catch up on all those ‘optional’ things that got pushed to the bottom of the queue during the term. I mostly enjoy it (until about halfway through the second week of the holidays when I start resenting that I never really have a ‘proper’ holiday ):
1. Set up the Year 6-7 transition Access Request forms.
2. Prepare the structure/content for the the tech PL session I am running on staff development day.
3. Differentiate the class wikispace with kidlet-specific tasks on each student’s page.
4. Set up the support unit blog.
5. Finalise the set up of the class blog.
6. Begin skeleton planning for our support unit shared unit of work next term, including making/finding resources for us to look at on planning day next term.
7. Prepare 6 individual PECS folders for a PECS program next term: this includes collating the visuals, printing, laminating, velcroing, write PECS program and revise PECS knowledge.
8. Create formal classroom behaviour support resources that have been ‘ad hoc’ versions during the term.
9. Teach myself Adobe Captivate.
10. Teach myself how to draw cartoons so I can create my own visuals to support learning, using this site.
11. Tidy up the digital program and start putting structures in place for next term’s units of work.
12. Write up the agenda for SLSOs on staff development day.
13. Organise my physical resources in the spare bedroom now that I know what I’m likely to use this term. Also take remaining physical resources out of storage so I can stop paying $150 a month to store them.
14. Play and evaluate Quest Atlantis to see if has potential as an e-inclusion tool for some of my students.
I think that’s everything. I’ll come back at edit this post as I finish things. Hopefully it’ll keep me on task
Anyway. Time for breakfast. Happy holidays!