Confession time: Winter is my least favorite season. I’m just not a fan of the cold and wondering for days on end where the sun went. However, as a teacher, two words that always bring me joy: SNOW DAY!
Say those two words around any teacher and I’m sure you will see smiles. The one phone call I don’t mind getting at 5 a.m. - “School will be closed today due to inclement weather.” While I love teaching, doesn’t everyone love a day off? The best is when you know the night before and you can go to sleep without setting your alarm clock.
I recently told my students, “Do you want to know a secret?” Of course they all shook their heads yes. They were listening so intently when I revealed this truth, “Did you know that teachers love snow days just as much as students?” The look of surprise on their faces made me laugh.
As a kid, when we had snow days, I was so excited to get all bundled up and play outside in the snow with the kids in the neighborhood. As an adult, snow days are still amazing, but I would rather admire the snow from the comfort of my warm home…drinking a cup of coffee, reading a good book, or watching a movie. I may spend some time grading papers and working on lesson plans, but at least I can do that sitting on my comfortable couch.
For all of you reading this who aren’t teachers, do you want to know a secret? Did you know that while teachers enjoy having a day off of school, we don’t take a day off thinking about our students? We wonder if they are safe. We wonder if they have enough food to eat. We wonder if they are staying warm. We wonder what they’re doing with their families on their day off. We wonder if they realize how much we care about them even when they are not at school.
I didn’t go into teaching because of the possibility of snow days, but they sure are nice!
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