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Why NOT to Assign Work Over Breaks [Episode 52]

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Click below to hear why I don’t like to assign work over breaks:

Confession time: One of my biggest regrets from my time spent in the classroom is assigning homework over school breaks.

Not only did I assign homework over breaks, but sometimes I would even assign projects to cover things we couldn’t get to in class (cringe!). As I spent more time in the classroom, I started to really reflect on my teaching practices and realized assigning work over breaks was not beneficial to me or my students. Today, we’re digging into why you should not assign work over breaks. 

Are you assigning work over break because everyone else is, or do you have a legitimate reason to be assigning work? If you are doing it because everyone else is, I challenge you to reflect on your motivations to see if it is really helping your students.

I have some things for you to consider when reflecting and I am sharing them with you today. In this episode, we are digging into what the goals are behind assigning work over breaks, if homework over break is beneficial, ways you may be assigning work over breaks without realizing it, how allowing yourself and students to rest over break benefits everyone, and practical ways to apply a “no work over break” policy. 

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Topics Discussed in This Episode About Not Assigning Work Over Breaks:

  • Why assigning work over breaks is one of my biggest regrets from my time in the classroom
  • What the goals of assigning work over breaks are, and whether or not these goals truly serve your students
  • How having work over breaks hurts students more than it helps them, and why students need a break from school work 
  • How you may be assigning work over breaks without realizing it
  • Ways both you and your students will benefit from not assigning work over breaks
  • Practical ways to unplug and give you and your students a mental break over school breaks

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More about Secondary Science Simplified: 

Secondary Science Simplified is a podcast specifically for high school science teachers that will help you to engage your students AND simplify your life as a secondary science educator. Each week Rebecca, from It’s Not Rocket Science, and her guests will share practical and easy-to-implement strategies for decreasing your workload so that you can stop working overtime and start focusing your energy doing what you love – actually teaching!

Teaching doesn’t have to be rocket science, and you’ll learn exactly what you need to do to simplify your secondary science teaching life so that you can enjoy your life outside of school even more. Head to itsnotrocketscienceclassroom.com/challenge to grab your FREE Classroom Reset Challenge.

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