1. Nap. (Although, is it called napping if it's for several hours?)
2. Online shop.
3. Read the news, magazine websites and others' blogs.
4. Facebook/talking to other people.
6. Seriously think about starting schoolwork, but still not doing so.
Two. Very Important Lessons that I have Learned about Surviving as a Teacher:
1. SLEEP IS OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE. My ability to teach and mentor my students is directly related to how well I slept the previous night. Last year I went on very little sleep repeatedly, which was okay because my students were relatively easy to work with. This year, the story is very different and when I don't sleep long enough or well enough, I notice that both my students and myself suffer.
2. Retail therapy. Sometimes education-related. Two of my favorite purchases so far have been: Geometry Teacher's Activity Kit and How to Differentiate in Mixed Ability Classrooms.
3. Remember that school is not your whole life. After school everyday, I scan the news, interesting magazine articles and others' blog posts for a bit. Sometimes I read up on education news and blogs, but the bulk of my perusing is not education-based. I think it's important to not make education your only interest and expertise. As a teacher, you clearly care about education already, and your sanity begs you to care about other stuff, too. Extra points for reading material that makes you laugh or smile, because everyone could use an extra chuckle or two to fuel their day.
4. Teaching can be an incredibly isolating profession sometimes, despite working with lots of people throughout the day. A lot of times you feel like non-teachers don't understand the life you lead and if you're not in your ideal school, you'll probably want to avoid interacting with most of the adults (generally speaking, I find that fellow teachers are more irked with adult interactions rather than student interactions). Sometimes I definitely cut myself off from the world, but it's important to remember that having others, teachers and non-teachers to confide and converse with is extremely important to not feeling defeated when the going gets tough. You may not have time for long conversations, though, and that's why Facebook and texting can be helpful.
5. EATING IS OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE. My ability to teach and mentor my students is directly related to how well I
6. Think it and you're half way there.
Finding the correct balance of these two lists is where the magic is. Or so I think; I'm not quite there yet.