The days between Thanksgiving and Christmas break can be some of the hardest for teachers to get through. It may be the most challenging time of the year, though you won’t agree in a few months before spring, or even summer, break.

Daylight is getting shorter , yet school days seem longer. If you’re seasonally affected, like me, it is depressing when you’re literally in your building before the sun rises and after it sets.

You’ve felt the freedom of a few days off and see the promise of more in a couple short weeks. The students sense this as well, and learning is often the last thing in their minds. 

Some students can’t wait for the days off they can spend in front of a video game. Many of my students, however, actually get anxious about breaks because it means more time in an unstable home. Meals aren’t as easy to get, safety is not a given, and they often have to fend for themselves and siblings. So behaviors escalate, making this span even harder.

It’s easy to give up, mail it in, find longer video clips that are less relevant to instruction. So I hope this verse provides a spark of motivation that can get you through this difficult time.

“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.”

‭‭Galatians‬ 6:9

You likely have 10-15 instructional days left. Less if you factor in class and school celebrations, concerts, assemblies, etc… So while you’re counting down the days with your students, keep doing what is right by them, too. Check in instead of checkout, make a difference instead of indifference, make it fun instead of being done.