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How Teachers Feel the First Day Back from Winter Break (as Told by Friends)

How does everyone feel coming back from break? Personally, I am a jumble of mixed emotions. I feel rested and ready to tackle the rest of the year. I am a nerd, so I’ve usually spent a chunk of time falling down pinterest rabbit holes and finding new things to bring into my classroom. Yet, at the same time, I think we can all agree that the break is never quite long enough. Waking up in the monrings is the worst for me, personally.

The crew at Central Perk seems to get me – they are full of just as much jumbled emotions as I am. Here’s a breakdown of the first day back…

When your alarm wakes you up in the morning for the frist time in two weeks…

When you’re struggling to get back into the flow and get out of the house in time to make it to work…

When you and your best teacher friend realize that the starting bell is about to go and neither of you have enough caffeine your bodies yet…

When you enter your class again and realize you were in such a rush to leave before break that you didn’t take down any of your holiday decorations…

When your students come in after you haven’t seen them for so long…

When you realize all the kids are just as tired this morning as you are and trying to do work is like pulling teeth…

When you try to get your students excited about the “My New Year Goals” activity you have planned…

When the misery of being back is spreading in the staff room at lunch…

… and you realize the misery just keeps spreading and you’re stuck right in the middle of it…

When you get back to class after lunch and the students immediately ask if it’s the end of the day yet…

When you realize you’re going to have to pull some magic out of your bag of tricks to keep these students – who’ve been up late playing video games for two weeks straight – awake for the rest of the afternoon…

…and, joyously, your tricks have worked because you’re just that fantastic of a teacher…

When you say goodbye to all your kiddos for the day…

…then realize you’re back at it and have to do all this again tomorrow…

So you head home for a little bit of fun…

… and a lot of relaxation…

Thanks for reading, guys! I hope this brought a smile to your face. What do you think? Is this what the first day back after Christmas break is like?

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