Welcome back to another episode of Teaching Middle School ELA! In today’s podcast, we are re-airing one of our all-time favorite episodes, “Setting Yourself Up for Success During Winter Break.” this episode was originally aired on November 22, 2022. As the holiday season approaches, we know how important it is for you to fully enjoy your time off from school without the worry of lesson plans and grading. We will be sharing three strategies to help you relax, recharge, and come back in the new year with renewed energy and excitement. So sit back, hit play, and get ready to make the most of your winter break.
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[00:00:00] During the holiday season, we will air some of our most popular episodes while the team takes a break for the holidays. New releases will resume in the new year. Enjoy!
[00:05:26] Caitlin and Jessica share tips that will help teachers set themselves up for success over winter vacation.
[00:07:20] They describe one activity that is standards-aligned, while also being a fun and engaging lesson during the days before winter break.
[00:11:20] Caitlin discusses a short story she regularly used to start the new semester after winter break. She suggests holding both a Socratic seminar and having students write a response to literature for the story to refresh students’ skills after the break.
[00:14:47] The holidays can be a busy time, and Caitlin and Jessica encourage listeners to find simple joys and plan enjoyable activities in the classroom during this season.
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