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Christmas Time at School

Samantha loves Christmas and during November put pen to paper of what she was looking forward to. 

I love Christmas and I love the build up to it during this half of the autumn term. Now as a full time drama teaching I plan to have all assessments done by the week before the last week of term. The last week of term is to reflect on all the hard work since September and look forward to two weeks of hard earned rest to come. This last week I feel is the accepted week to watch Christmas movies or a documentary relating to the studied topic and I can’t think of a better way to sped a drama lesson. With a good film or film clips and an in depth discussion that leads the class to talking about drama techniques before they even realise that they were.

As a supply teacher I found that the two weeks before the end of term were often left fairly relaxed and so makes them very enjoyable to teach. Covering a primary class for a day or two just before Christmas can be a whirl of decoration making, nativity plays and special assembly’s. I find the years were I was not teaching before Christmas I somehow lost the festive spirit and was unable to become excited about red and green glitter or Rudolph the red nose reindeer. I think every adult benefits from being around children before Christmas as their excitement rubs off and let’s face it we need something to get us through the winter months.

This year I am putting together a glee style performance for assembly’s in the last week. The costumes will be red, or maybe green for elves. The singing will be jolly and festive and all will be covered in glitter shimmering as they dance. The hard part is choosing the song there are so many to pick from. Santa baby, white Christmas or even jingle bells could be in the running.

I have also already finished my Christmas shopping (It’s the 1st of November) and now all I have to do is wrap my presents and get into the Christmas spirit without all of the rushing around. This I think is the key to a happy Christmas, planning in advance. Student reports complete, plans for the spring term sorted and power point ready to roll. Let’s face it; nobody wants to work over Christmas and the New Year.

Personally I will be lying on my parent’s sofa eating celebrations and watching Disney movies with my niece and nephew. If I have the energy I may stroll into a shopping centre and attempt the January sales but all will be safe in the knowledge that I am walking back to school with everything ready to go. This is my recipe for a truly relaxing Christmas break after an exciting and festive term. I also like to celebrate Diwali, Eid and the Chinese New Year, as just a few examples, in the same fashion, with family close by and work set aside.

“Christmas... is not an external event at all, but a piece of one's home that one carries in one's heart.”  Freya Stark

Tags: Samantha, Bromley, Secondary, drama, supply, daily, teacher

Category: Australian Teachers

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