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Just a general answer to your question. I teach high school. And for all of us,
teachers and students alike, school is in the way of our private lives this week.
We are all antsy. I gather my students in real tight (which means I go to one of
the tables in the room, and say to the kids, "come gather around me"), look them
each in the eyes, speak calmly and I tell them that we are all 'loopy' this week,
but we have work to do as usual. And then I walk/talk them through what I expect
them to accomplish this week and part of next (we don't have off until 12/24). I
make sure that the 10 days before the holiday break I am in the midst of doing one
of my 'no fail' projects that always 'gets them'...we all have those projects where
everyone's always turns out to be a success in one form or another....so that they
come to the room excited to work on their project in such a way that the period
flies by, and they groan when I tell them it is time to clean up...It gets to the
point where they even ask if they will be finished with it so that they can bring
it home (be still my heart). My beginners are in the midst of a watercolor
landscape that uses 6 different techniques, and my Gifted and Talented Students are
in the midst of designing marionettes and puppets for a production they are writing
and plan to perform the end of January....They are all excited about these pieces.
And for me that has been the key before the holiday---harness that excitement that
they have for the anticipated vacation, into an art project.