Take A Break…But Not From Learning

“Take A break from education, but not learning…”

These were the words of Martha Saucedo, 2016 Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year, in a recent post entitled, “Make The Most of Your Break”. She suggested that students make the most of their break by learning something new, having fun and giving back.

I found Martha’s recommendations deeply inspirational and perfect for educators and students alike. I added my own reflections and thoughts to each of her suggestions:

1. Learn Something: There is something to be learned during this holiday season, no matter what you may be engaged in. Learn something new and share it with others.

2. Have Fun: Martha encourages readers to “make a bucket list”.  I also recommend that you find something that moves you and have fun doing it. For me, time with family and friends means so much and always includes loads of fun.

3. Give Back: Martha says, “There’s no better time than now to make people feel loved.” Show some kindness to another. For my own children, I encourage them to get a gift for others during the holidays, rather than making a list of things just for themselves. We also donate food to a holiday food pantry that will help others in our community.

What suggestions would you add?  Thank you Martha for keeping us inspired and reflective!


Sonja Howard, Coordinator for Statewide Leadership (Administrator Quality)


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