Teachers and other educators why not do something different for your winter break. Instead of lounging around in front of the computer or TV for most of the day try something entirely new. This is a great opportunity to take up an activity or try something new or finally get to that project you’ve been on hold off for the longest time. Here are ten great ideas for winter break activities for educators that are very fun, productive and certainly educational.
1.) Cook a Great Recipe a Day “Julie & Julia” Style
Get inspired by taking a cookbook of your favorite food and making a dish, dessert or other delectable recipe once a day, I saw the film “Julie & Julia” where the main character worked at a call center for victims and their families after 9/11 in New York City. Her goal was to make all the 500+ recipes from Julia Child’s cookbook “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.”
2.) What’s at the Library?
Go to your public library to check out books or DVDs or both on titles you’ve always wanted to read and/or watch for the longest time.
3.) Do a Good Deed – Volunteer
Do some volunteering such as Meals on Wheels or help serve holiday meals at your local homeless shelter.
4.) Arts & Crafts for Yourself
If you enjoy doing arts and crafts with your elementary school students you can take up arts and crafts for yourself such as knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, etc.
5.) Puzzling Puzzles
Find a very challenging puzzle to work on throughout your winter break. Once you get started you won’t want to stop until it’s completed.
6.) Become an Author
If you enjoy writing, but simply don’t have the desire or time due to teaching, then make a plan to begin writing your memoirs or a novel or a research paper on a historical figure.
7.) Interior Decorating a Room
Check out some furniture thrift stores since no one shops there for the holidays. Perhaps you are tired of the same old, same old furniture or other arrangements in a room or your entire dwelling. If you are into do-it-yourself home improvements this is another project to consider.
8.) Attend the Opera, Musical or other Theatrical Production
There’s nothing quite like the experience of seeing “live” theatre whether it’s an opera, dramatic play, stand-up comedy or a musical.
9.) Go Fishing or some other Outdoor Activity
My brother is an educator and when he is on breaks from teaching he loves to go fishing. If that isn’t your thing then there are plenty other activities such as hiking, camping, biking, sailing etc.
10.) Go on Holiday
If you love to travel why not consider taking a trip during the winter break?
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