Teachers and Christmas Break

Do you (if you are a teacher) assign projects over the winter holiday break? If you are not a teacher what do you think are the pros and cons of doing so? How about your own activities over the holiday? Other than catching up with grading (which I know I always had to take care of) do you work on school things? For example do you work on new coding projects to assign or try to learn new things to teach your students?

Comments (2)

  1. Pam says:

    It has never made sense to me that teachers assign students homework when they are on vacation. They (teachers) don’t want to work on vacation, so why do they expect their students to?

  2. Keith Forney says:

    I’m not a techer, but I am married to one (Earth Science – 9th graders). She usually has a big project due just before the break, giving her the opportunity to take her time grading them over the course of the break.

    As a parent, I would rather not see things assigned over the school breaks. Typically, there’s already enough family stuuf going on to fill the time – not to mention those families that leave town! For somnething like CS, that could make it realy difficult for those students to get the project done. It’s bad enough that we now have mandatory Summer reading assignments. We like some down time, and I think the kids deserve some too.

    For yourself, I would recommend doing whatever pleases you. If working on new stuff is relaxing, go for it! If not thinking about school works for you, then by all means – forget about it. To each his own.

    And to all, a Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Hanukah, Fabulous Festivus, or whatever you celebrate at this time of year.

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