Yesterday Mrs. Eagle and I were working after school getting our lessons done when we looked at the calendar and realized that Fall Break was in TWO FREAKING WEEKS!
We were stunned. Honestly, it seems as if we've been on a high speed treadmill since the beginning of school in August, and it hasn't let up yet. With over 400 seventh graders this year, all the seventh grade teachers are exhausted. Planning time has been chewed up by meetings, meetings, and more meetings, and if we don't have a meeting, we're doing interventions for kids who aren't doing well in school.
For those of us teaching science and math, STEM has been a real kick in the butt. Don't get me wrong, I think the idea behind STEM is great and actually a better way to teach science and math, but it's a heck of a lot of work. Basically everything we used to do, we're tweaking and changing. Throw in the mandatory STEM challenges, and you have a lot of time being spent just prepping for units and grading projects. And with about 30 more kids than normal, it just takes a lot more time.
So, my house hasn't been really cleaned since school started. Truly. And I'm a bit of a neat freak in some respects, so this is making me slightly crazy. Knitting? Only managing to get that out for knitting club and when I'm waiting for an allergy shot. Walking/running? Trying, trying, trying, to get a walk or a run in about 3 times a week and that's a real challenge. The ankle I messed up in June is better, not 100%, but I'm thinking it never will be 100%. And of course, just getting enough sleep isn't happening.
So my plans for Fall Break? Sleep, knit, clean house, sleep.