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What do teachers do in Half Term?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by TES_Jenna, May 26, 2016.

  1. TES_Jenna

    TES_Jenna New commenter

    I'm interested to find out what teachers do in half term, besides the usual sleep, shop and go on holiday. Is there anything you do that is only done by teachers during the holidays?
  2. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

    Go into school, sort out the classroom, plan lessons, data, gather resources, write reports, lesson plans.

    Hopefully have a bit of time for hobbies.
  3. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Usually they develop the flu. On the Saturday or Sunday. They typically recover five days later. Perfect timing.
  4. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    Retired 7 years ago but:
    driving to Handforth Dean for shopping with Jenni Murray on Woman's Hour was one sure sign I was on holiday - loved it,
    buying and reading a magazine,
    not wearing a watch. Heaven,
    watching Newsnight,
    watch tele with no work on my knee.

    Also used to do some work every day of half term except the weekends and evenings.

    Of course other people do these things and when on holiday, love the feeling as much as teachers do. If you are wondering if teachers spend their holidays rekkying educational visit possibilities or other teacher specific things, I'd just lump them under the "work" heading.
    delnon and slingshotsally like this.
  5. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Oh yes the dreaded 'lurgy', whuch waits till the start of half-term/end of term to strike. ;)

    I imagine most teachers do some work these days, often long-term planning or trying to get a bit ahead, but half-term's do need to be used for R & R- teachers need it!
  6. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    I lost loads of holidays and half holidays to colds and flu. Since I left I've had a few meetings with former colleagues for lunch or the like cancelled or postponed as they developed their holiday cold.
  7. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    That's not to be sneezed at.
  8. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Apart from getting my car fixed and taking a load of stuff to be landfilled

    Tidying up my room and putting up some more stuff on my walls

    Marking some tests

    Marking three sets of books

    The usual
  9. rayondesoleil1976

    rayondesoleil1976 Occasional commenter

    Have experienced the perfectly timed flu/stomach bug on a few occasions. I managed to lose half a stone one Christmas and three courses of antibiotics in quick succession. Not my most treasured memory...
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  10. Oldfashioned

    Oldfashioned Senior commenter

    Forget my login and password for all school software. Catch a cold and catch up on reading.
    peggylu and Lara mfl 05 like this.
  11. Dragonlady30

    Dragonlady30 Star commenter

    Not to mention revision classes for year 11 and 13. I wonder why it's always those who don't need to come attend? :confused:

    Am I glad I'm retired!!
  12. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    I used to getting on with my building firm and allotment/......half term I always tried to free up but didnt always succeed.When the kids where little i spent most of the day with them.
  13. emerald52

    emerald52 Star commenter

    For the Whit half term I am always booked into the Hay on Wye literary festival. It's such a beautiful area and it is great to listen to intelligent talks about books. A Shepherds ice cream and supper at The Granary are treats too. Try and get away even if only mentally by losing yourself in a good book or film. The other half terms I visit an art exhibition or see friends. You need to re-energise.
  14. dearlouise

    dearlouise New commenter

    Sleep, try to reduce bags under eyes, sit outside to get fresh air for the first time in half a term, do chores I've been putting off for half a term, do things like get hair cut, dentist etc... see family. Try to eat properly / healthy as I have more time. Go to the gym. Read the pile of magazines on my coffee table.

    Then, in the rare situation I have a bit of spare time, try to crack on and get ahead.
    delnon and Lara mfl 05 like this.
  15. ValentinoRossi

    ValentinoRossi Star commenter

    I teach in a boarding school. Pupils stay over half-terms. So I carry on working. Grrrr. I've managed to negotiate one day off, next Wednesday.
  16. lilachardy

    lilachardy Star commenter

    Boarding house duties, tidy my classroom, plan for next half term, catch up on marking, do some baking, go geocaching, do the garden and allotment...
  17. loodle1

    loodle1 Occasional commenter

    Catch up on all of the appointments that I can't fit in during term time e.g dentist, car service etc etc!
    slingshotsally and peggylu like this.
  18. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

    Usually they just enjoy the escape into a world of sanity
    rachelpaula008 and Lara mfl 05 like this.
  19. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Mark KS2 papers.
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  20. knowsnowt

    knowsnowt New commenter

    Service the car, catch up with my family and get outdoors.

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