SPRING BREAK: Schools rest up, prepare for last 9 weeks
Published 8:15 pm Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Schoolwork-weary students and hardworking teachers are getting a little reprieve this week while on spring break, but upon returning April 4, they’ll face the task of getting back into the swing of things.
Coming back to school after a break is hard for students and teachers, alike, according to Jennifer Walker, a kindergarten teacher at Eastern Elementary School.
She said the most challenging part is jumping back into the school day, and sometimes, the students adjust more quickly than the teachers.
Walker said most of the time the students are ready to get back to their friends and a full schedule, especially if they’ve been cooped up with babysitters or grandparents. She said the first activity she does with her class is sharing what each student did over the break.
“Of course, in kindergarten land, everyone has to share what they did and I’m sure older grades have to do that, too,” Walker said. “We definitely do that — hear about all the fun things they did.”
Even at such a young age, kindergartners must also switch into an exam mindset after spring break, as standardized reading and math tests begin at the end of April, according to Walker.
She said the best way to get back into the routine is to dive into testing preparation and pick up where the class left off before the break.
“You’ve just got to get back to normal as soon as possible,” Walker said.
Students at the high school level must start preparing for exams, as well.
Tina Petty, a math teacher at Southside High School, said the last nine-week period begins a couple of days after returning from spring break, which means students only have about six weeks left until exams.
With the older grades, however, students are expected to pick up where they left off before the break. Due to the six-week “crunch time” before exams, there is no time for a slump, Petty said.
“It’s kind of back to normal and you roll with it,” she said. “It’s kind of that mentality, at least at our school. … We just kind of hit the ground running.”