Day Off for them Not Me

Today is a P.A. Day, which is short for Professional Activity Day.

The students get the day off so that us teachers can sit in on workshops and in-service meetings. Sometimes these workshops can be quite good, but most of the time I find that they offer me very little. If I can walk away with one good idea for my classroom today I will call it a success.

I don’t know why but the school week seemed to be extra long this week, even though it was short. Teachers will often speak of this. The short weeks always feel long. It’s a strange phenomenon.

I know that my students will enjoy having today off. Truth is, I would have enjoyed having today off too. I feel like I need a break already. And I guess this is sort of a break. It’s a break from routine. It’s a chance to get to know some of the other teachers better. Oh yeah, and a free lunch.

I guess I shouldn’t really complain.

4 Comments on Day Off for them Not Me

  1. Do you find it hard to switch into the role of student when you are used to be the teacher? S

  2. Hi Silverfish,

    I think that we are always learning things in this life. So I am a teacher but I’m also a student. I learn from my kids everyday.

    And I learned a few good things today too.

    But I know what you mean. Sometimes teachers can be the worst students. We talk amongst ourselves instead of completely focusing on the presentation. We wouldn’t accept that from our students. Oh well.

  3. Hi Chase,

    Is it difficult to get back into the schedule of teaching after being off for the summer?

  4. Hi Barbara,

    I start preparing myself well before the summer is over. I was in my classroom two weeks before school even started, getting things ready.

    So no, it’s not really hard to get back into. The hardest thing is getting a routine set up with the new group, new grade, and new school. It’s just now starting to take shape.

    By Christmas time it should be smooth sailing.

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