Ahh, the mid-year school break! It always arrives just when you start to question if your students will ever form a nice line or should I have prerecorded options for those favorite repeatable phrases. Oh, you know what phrases I am talking about! Then its break and its two weeks of bliss, where you can stay in comfy clothes and buried under the covers. Finally, I am in a place where I do not get asked the same question 1 million plus times.As soon as you are used to living the relaxed life, its over! Vacations seem to fly by for me.

Returning back, I pampered myself a twinge. I had a nice home cooked breakfast of carbs and meat Yum! I purchased my favorite iced coffee(I know it’s strange for the summer time, but I love it all year) from Starbuck-a-rings where even the Barista knows my name. Put on my most motivating Pat Benetar playlist(she’s a genius). and being well rested. I was ready for my kiddos. I arrive to do my usual morning to-dos and trying to hold onto those last lingering feelings of winter break. My Kiddos arrive and all of them are trying to share their adventures with me at once. It sounded like a bad radio channel. Acknowledging their excitement, they were to share one thing about the break. Later they were able to tell the whole story

My Kiddos arrive and all of them are trying to share their adventures with me at once. It sounded like a bad radio channel. Acknowledging their excitement, they were to share one thing about the break. Later they were able to tell the whole story on a writing assignment. I was  deeply surprised how quiet they were when they were working, and I kept thinking am I in the right class? Are these the same kiddos I have had since August? And then that one thing happens, oh you know, that reminds you that”Yup” these are my kiddos.

Why were they so quiet? I know it because of two things 1) I allowed them to share to get all that chattiness out of their system. Otherwise, I would be combating the whispers all day.

2) We started our day with Art. Art is used as a relaxing time for my students as they get to create and just enjoy the process. We worked on creating Division Word Problems through my Hot Chocolate Division Craftivity.

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Must Try Division Activity to beat the Winter Blues

Many of my students were shocked that they get to be the teacher and make their own word problem. They had to teach me how to complete the word problem before they received their marshmallows. Of course any remainders were for my students to keep.

Check out my FREE Hot Chocolate Multiplication Activity

 

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