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Old 12-27-2017, 03:20 PM
 
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I am a first year teacher who did my student teaching last fall. I didn't receive my diploma until 6 weeks after graduation last year; I couldn't sub until February, so I have never taught right after Christmas break. My kids are fine, but I was just curious: does the "honeymoon phase" experienced at the beginning of the school year happen again after winter break? I sure hope so!


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Old 12-27-2017, 03:31 PM
 
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I haven't found that, but I do find my class to be very tired the first week back so slightly more subdued, which is nice.
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Old 12-27-2017, 06:54 PM
 
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Again it depends on your class, but I have often said that I think Santa brings kids maturity for Christmas. It just seems like the kids are more focused and ready to work after Christmas. That will last usually until hopefully Spring Break and then I lose them again.
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Old 12-27-2017, 07:08 PM
 
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My favorite part of the school year was after New Year's and before Spring Break. It is just a little window of time, but it seems the most learning took place.
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Old 12-28-2017, 02:58 AM
 
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I always held a bit if an expectation boot camp upon returning in January. It generally did the trick!


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Old 12-28-2017, 05:35 AM
 
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No, there is no honeymoon phase after break. The kids still know you, and will still be comfortable in the classroom, which translates into normal behavior.

Review expectations like you did at the beginning of the year. This will help the kids ease into the new year.
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Old 12-28-2017, 08:58 AM
 
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Depends on the class, but my limited experience generally matches Ally's. My teammate and I *always* spend the day after winter break reviewing expectations. I take down the behavior anchor charts we made in September and replace them with fresh ones.
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Old 12-28-2017, 09:41 AM
 
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Sometimes I find that things will begin to "click" after winter break. I feel like the beginning of the year is setting up expectations and routines and then as soon as we're into it, BAM! November and December.
Once January begins, sometimes things seem to gel better.
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Old 12-28-2017, 01:22 PM
 
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actually enjoyed teaching during the month of January and most of February. Now having said that, snow days could change that enjoyment if there were very many days missed due to inclement weather. The holiday madness was over and there wasn’t a lot of school activity distractions during January and part of February.
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Old 12-29-2017, 12:26 PM
 
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I have experienced the honeymoon phase after winter break with some classes. I've also used that time to restart to establish good habits again. One year my class had big difficulties with one another and we spent some time after break doing a little team building.

I hope you get a honeymoon


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