Snow days for teachers are bittersweet. Yes, we get to sleep in and it’s exciting to have a “day off”, but it also messes up our schedule and keeps us from getting work done in our rooms. So, how do we make the best of it? Watching Netflix all day is tempting, but at least get a few things done to make going back to work tomorrow easier.
1. Re-organize Your Week
Now that a day is omitted from your work week, what needs to be moved around? Drag out your laptop (as much as you may not want to), and plan out your week now that you will be missing a day of instruction. Maybe you will just move things off a day, or perhaps you can send out an assignment or message via class blog or website.
2. Catch up on Emails
Principals and superintendents often send out emails concerning the snow day or updates on events/meetings that may now need to be rescheduled. This is also a great opportunity to send out emails to parents concerning student grades, behavior, and absences. If you’re like me, this is something that’s always on my to-do list, but I rarely get around to it. Parents really appreciate these emails (or phone calls) so use this time to make that parent contact.
3. Grade and/or Plan
Grading is a lot easier and more enjoyable when I’m on my couch in sweatpants. If you have work at home that needs to be graded–do it! You’ll be glad you did. If not, get some planning done for upcoming units. Days like this are the best time to do some lesson planning because you aren’t confined to a 45-minute prep period. You can explore the internet to find ideas or strategies that inspire you and will inspire your students.
Are you rolling your eyes at this one? Hear me out. Snow days usually keep us cooped up in our home, so getting some endorphins will make your day infinitely better. Plus, you will feel accomplished. If you don’t have any at home workouts, YouTube is a great resource. Do some yoga or bundle up and take a walk. Prepare to be in a better, more energized mood.
5. Clean Up
During a regular work week, it’s difficult to maintain enough momentum to clean or pick up at home. I know teachers technically are “done” around 3:00, but any teacher will tell you that’s not so. Even if you do get home early, exhaustion usually sets in and cleaning is the last thing you want to do after chasing kids around all day. Use today to catch up on things you need to accomplish around your home. Organize your bills, throw out old mail, clean out your closet, and de-stress your life.
Take time to relax and enjoy your day off. Watch the snow fall, enjoy your warm, cozy bed, and maybe even pour yourself a glass of wine. Don’t feel guilty if you binge watch an entire season of your new favorite show, especially if you accomplished anything I listed above. Grown up snow days are fun too!
Read our previous blog post discussing When to Reorganize your Classroom here
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This article is written by Lauren Bubb, an English Teacher at Frankfort-Schuyler Central Schools
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