I used to be that teacher that thought breaks meant more time to do work. I used to be that teacher that thought that vacation meant the students would forget everything unless I assigned them work to do. I used to be that teacher that thought school was the most important thing in a child’s life and I therefore had the right to all of their free time, as much as I needed, to make sure that they were always learning. Then I had a child and as I see the world through her eyes I see the constant learning. I see the exploration. I see the boundless curiosity. And I am ashamed of my past decisions.
Vacations and breaks are not for school, otherwise students would not get them. They are for living, for being with family, for recharging and letting the world sink in. They are for going outside, for reading for fun, for exploring whatever one chooses. School is not the most important thing in life; living is. So I give my students a break over the break. Read a book if you want, blog if you want, sleep in, have fun, and relax. When you get back we have much to do but until then you deserve the rest.
So give your students a break.