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The Top 10 Reasons Winter Break Can’t Come Soon Enough

glitter sign

Winter break is right around the corner, but it feels like it can’t come fast enough. The days are becoming longer, and students are getting more rambunctious as the last few weeks go by. Some days, it’s hard to find the energy as you’ve given it your all, working hard for countless hours these last few months. Even though we have a true passion and love for our career, it is important to have time to relax.

If you’re in need of a laugh, check out these reasons winter break can’t come soon enough, courtesy of the AOE team.

10 Reasons Winter Break Can’t Come Soon Enough!

1. All your pencils are shorter than your thumb, and you’re holding out until the new year to put more out.

used up pencils

2. All you can think about is how you won’t have to wolf down lunch in 10 minutes and how you can go to the bathroom anytime you want!

bathroom sign

3. You’re on the 6th day of indoor recess due to the cold. Enough said.

funny face children

4. You haven’t seen the sun in a month because it’s dark when you get to school and dark when you leave.

Cars at night in a parking lot

5. You had to put a sign on your door to let other teachers know you are out of glitter and sequins.

glitter sign

6. You are ready to be gifted new clothes because everything you have has at least one or two drops of paint on it.

paint on shirt

7. You have alarms set for 5:45 am, 6:00 am, 6: 15 am…The struggle is real.

multiple alarms on phone

8. You’re tempted to show movies these last few weeks. But of course you wouldn’t do that…or would you?

art dvds

9. You are no longer telling students to lower their voices over and over again. You’ve just embraced the chaos.

teacher given up

Debi West, AOE writer and instructor, puts a positive spin on this list with number 10…

10.  The kids are tired, you’re tired, and everyone is ready for a much-needed break. The new year brings a new beginning, and what’s more fun than that?

calendar showing January 1st

So rest assured; winter break IS coming. So just hang in there and do what you do best…teach art! You’ve got this!

What reason would you add to this list?

What are you looking forward to during winter break?

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Wynita Harmon

Wynita Harmon is AOEU’s Chair of Faculty Development and a former AOEU Writer and elementary school art educator.

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