I've gotten some slack from other teachers for going in early. Yes, I'm aware it's one of my last days for winter break. However, I'm not willing to fight for copiers on Monday morning. I don't want to walk into work frazzled, especially since I'll have crosswalk duty. I'm not being a martyr, I just know what I need for my sanity. For me, that means I spend a little bit of my free time making sure Monday will run smoothly. I want to spend my prep getting ready for Tuesday's lessons and leave shortly after the kids do. More importantly, I want to feel relaxed and prepared because that will translate into my students feeling calm and welcomed back.
However, I did have this beast to tackle earlier in the week:
My pile is above, hers is below. #teacherproblems
I had a teacher date with one of my best friends. We went out to lunch, built a grading fortress, and tackled our work. This, sadly, is a norm for weekends. If you see a teacher, hug them. Let them know they're appreciated. There is no way this would ever get graded in a timely manner if I only worked during my contract hours! It's a good thing I love my job, even the grading parts.