Monday, September 5, 2011

Question of the Week: September 5, 2011 - Handling Holidays

It's 2:00 P.M. on this Labor Day 2011, and I'm done teaching for the day! It's such a nice change of pace to finish up lessons in the early afternoon, especially as I'm just breaking back into the fall schedule and this makes the adjustment period a bit less stressful.

So I'm curious:

How many of you are teaching today? What are your policies for teaching on holidays?

My policy has always been to teach on those school holidays like Labor Day, Presidents' Day, etc. However, since school is not in session, I always give parents/students the option of coming earlier in the day, and they most usually all take me up on it! While this may not be an option for a teacher with a family or other obligations, the fact that I don't have any children makes it easy for me to flip my schedule around. I get an early start to the day and then get to enjoy a rare evening off. Win-win situation!

I'd love to hear thoughts from other teachers on how they handle holiday lessons.


  1. I'm not teaching today, instead I made this group lesson week. So I'll be holding group tomorrow and Wednesday.

  2. I don't start my fall schedule until after Labor Day, even if school starts earlier. I do teach other holidays and I open morning slots.

  3. Jennifer: I saw your post on the group lessons, and I think that's a fabulous idea for a holiday week! Thanks for sharing.

    BusyB: I'm wirh you on the start date, but I usually teach on Labor Day just so I can do a full first week without having to try and re-arrange my Monday students. How do you work starting after Labor Day?