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Old 12-19-2012, 03:22 PM   #196
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Teacher here. I do give assignments to my students over Christmas break but I gave them to them yesterday and today (we are on block so I don't see everyone every day.). They are not very complicated and they don't require any extra books or material unless they have to look something up. They are on photo copies so they are portable and not in a book to lug around.

I teach AP calc and when we get back we only have 4 months left. We lost 2 weeks because of the hurricane but I would still be giving it even if we didn't.

I know vacations are time off but I do give them the work early so if they have obligations they can do it before break even begins.
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Old 12-19-2012, 05:08 PM   #197
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Teacher here. I do give assignments to my students over Christmas break but I gave them to them yesterday and today (we are on block so I don't see everyone every day.). They are not very complicated and they don't require any extra books or material unless they have to look something up. They are on photo copies so they are portable and not in a book to lug around.

I teach AP calc and when we get back we only have 4 months left. We lost 2 weeks because of the hurricane but I would still be giving it even if we didn't.

I know vacations are time off but I do give them the work early so if they have obligations they can do it before break even begins.
Like I said, joy.
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Old 12-19-2012, 06:36 PM   #198
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Like I said, joy.
I agree. Joy.

To the algebra teacher poster who assigns work over the holidays, will you be working during your Christmas vacation?
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Old 12-19-2012, 06:51 PM   #199
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Man when I was a kid over here we got all sorts of stuff to do over the holidays waaaay too much, not to mention the trip letters sent out 24 hours before, or in some cases after LOL, the trip was due to start, the late minute costume things for Christmas plays etc... I don't know how my mother coped! I'd have gone stir crazy as a parent. One simple algebra project doesn't seem too bad if its a sheet based thing.

I was a teachers pet, so I did it all, or I wouldn't sleep :P I think that was the one time my parents regretted raising such a straight laced kid, when I kept bugging them for help on 28th December or some such.

Christmases have sort of devolved into an alternating pattern now... This year my paternal grandmother got diagnosed with terminal cancer, last year was ok, the year before that my father got pneumonia (he recovered well though), but the year before that was ok. I guess that would be my rant.
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Old 12-19-2012, 07:25 PM   #200
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Teacher here. I do give assignments to my students over Christmas break but I gave them to them yesterday and today (we are on block so I don't see everyone every day.). They are not very complicated and they don't require any extra books or material unless they have to look something up. They are on photo copies so they are portable and not in a book to lug around.

I teach AP calc and when we get back we only have 4 months left. We lost 2 weeks because of the hurricane but I would still be giving it even if we didn't.

I know vacations are time off but I do give them the work early so if they have obligations they can do it before break even begins.
I wish my kids went to a school that got done for the year in April.

I guess for some teachers, students shouldn't get a break, only teachers.

Nutty Professor, I'd be passing on that project and sending a note in with my child that we're busy over break. And if she gives you grief, repeat what you said in your earlier post.
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Old 12-19-2012, 08:54 PM   #201
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I agree. Joy.

To the algebra teacher poster who assigns work over the holidays, will you be working during your Christmas vacation?
I am willing to bet that we have several teachers on the disboards here. I would appreciate their input on if they work any during the time class is not in session over the Christmas break. If so, how much. I am leaning towards the idea that they do and would be appreciative to have that confirmed or refuted.

Teachers, any thoughts?
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I wish my kids went to a school that got done for the year in April.

I guess for some teachers, students shouldn't get a break, only teachers.

Nutty Professor, I'd be passing on that project and sending a note in with my child that we're busy over break. And if she gives you grief, repeat what you said in your earlier post.
AP exams are in the beginning (very beginning) of May.
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Old 12-19-2012, 09:15 PM   #203
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Teacher and parent here. I can see the situation from both sides. As a teacher(elem level), I would want kids to have some assignments to do over the break so that they do not forget what they have learned.

That being said, last Christmas when I was not working, my4th grade DS had a packet of worksheets to complete over the break. We did pack them on our 10 day trip to Disney, but of course he did very little. He ended up having to finish everything in the last 2-3 days of his break.

His teacher this year is not big on homework, so I will have to make a point to make my DS read over the break.
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Old 12-19-2012, 09:53 PM   #204
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As a mom of great students, they need the breaks. I am not concerned that they will have "brain drain" if they don't study or read over the break.

My kids do summer AP assignments. I realize how rigorous those classes are and how it's necessary to get a jump start, but elementary level--come on...

College kids get a month off between Christmas semesters to regroup and recharge.
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Old 12-19-2012, 10:19 PM   #205
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okay, hopefully, this will be my LAST rant for this Christmas holiday season! (probably not, but one can always dream, lol)

our office will be closed from december 24th through january 1st, 2012. i am TRYING to get everything done, so, naturally, my boss decides he needs to "take it easy" this week, and he's only been in the office for a total of 3 hours the entire week! HOW am i supposed to get his approval for all of these things when he's not around?

oh, and while i'm at it, he originally gave me until january 4th off, but, now, he's decided to move the church's accounts to a different bank, so he's going to need my help with that, and he wants me to do the bulletin that week as well (he had originally told me not to worry, he'd take care of it), so, guess who will be going into work the day i get back from DD15's marching band trip to the sugar bowl? MOI! after riding a bus home all night (8-9 hours)! woohoo!
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Old 12-20-2012, 01:35 AM   #206
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okay, hopefully, this will be my LAST rant for this Christmas holiday season! (probably not, but one can always dream, lol)

our office will be closed from december 24th through january 1st, 2012. i am TRYING to get everything done, so, naturally, my boss decides he needs to "take it easy" this week, and he's only been in the office for a total of 3 hours the entire week! HOW am i supposed to get his approval for all of these things when he's not around?

oh, and while i'm at it, he originally gave me until january 4th off, but, now, he's decided to move the church's accounts to a different bank, so he's going to need my help with that, and he wants me to do the bulletin that week as well (he had originally told me not to worry, he'd take care of it), so, guess who will be going into work the day i get back from DD15's marching band trip to the sugar bowl? MOI! after riding a bus home all night (8-9 hours)! woohoo!
Sounds like your boss and my husband's boss are the exact same person! He pulled that this year too!
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Old 12-20-2012, 02:44 AM   #207
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I am willing to bet that we have several teachers on the disboards here. I would appreciate their input on if they work any during the time class is not in session over the Christmas break. If so, how much. I am leaning towards the idea that they do and would be appreciative to have that confirmed or refuted.

Teachers, any thoughts?

Primary school teacher here (5th grade), although in the UK. We broke up for our 2 week Christmas break yesterday. Today myself and my teaching assistant are going into school to do some prep for next term (doing a display in our room and outside around our door plus I have some photocopying that needs to be done for the 1st week back.) Over the break I have lesson plans to write and resources to prepare for various different lessons for next term. I also have some analysis to do from testing that we did last week to ensure that each child in my class is given tasks to do that specifically target their individual needs when I am doing my planning. This will probably take 2 or 3 days to do, so over the 2 week break I will spend 3 or 4 days on school work.

As for homework, I did not give any out to my children. When we get back the workload for my class will increase as they are in their final year of primary school and have their exams to sit in May. I wanted to give them a break.
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Old 12-20-2012, 05:40 AM   #208
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Yes I work. Sped teacher who has a ton of kids being reviewed in January. So yes I will be writing reports and Ed plans. No real break for me. Teachers can't win anyway. You would have those parents who complain when there are no assignments. Their kid is bored!

I don't get why a parent would care, are you doing the project or your kid? I let my kids do their own work.
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Old 12-20-2012, 06:54 AM   #209
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Yes I work. Sped teacher who has a ton of kids being reviewed in January. So yes I will be writing reports and Ed plans. No real break for me. Teachers can't win anyway. You would have those parents who complain when there are no assignments. Their kid is bored!

I don't get why a parent would care, are you doing the project or your kid? I let my kids do their own work.
My high school aged kid is on her own. If she says she has work over break, I'll agree with her that is sucks and that will be the end of the conversation. But if my elementary aged kid gets work over break, I'm going to be really irritated.
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Yes I work. Sped teacher who has a ton of kids being reviewed in January. So yes I will be writing reports and Ed plans. No real break for me. Teachers can't win anyway. You would have those parents who complain when there are no assignments. Their kid is bored!

I don't get why a parent would care, are you doing the project or your kid? I let my kids do their own work.
Yeah, but if you have planes to go out of town for any length of time, it can really screw things up. I see no need for teachers to give assignments over the holidays, with maybe the exception of reading. Our school district rearranged the calendar for that kids would have finals before Christmas break, that way no homework over the holidays.

Oh and sorry you don't have a break, but it is called your job. Most people don't get 2 weeks either, but these are kids and they aren't employed in a full time job and getting paid. Christmas break should be left alone.

ETA, None of my kids or my friends with kids have EVER complained about them being bored. They somehow find something to do.
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