Spring Break is in the Air

Caitlin Gawlowski Uncategorized

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I am counting down the minutes until Spring Break, which for me officially begins in 480 minutes! Between finalizing grades, holding Parent-Teacher conferences, serving on a district committee the past two weeks, doing my actual job of teaching my students, and raising my one-year-old son, I am so ready for some time off!

As antsy as I am for Spring Break to begin, I can tell my students need it, too. They look tired, burnt out, and ready for a change in routine. One day I snapped out of my daydream of how I’m going to recharge my batteries over Spring Break to ask my students what they are looking forward to doing over their Spring Breaks. Here is what 3rd graders are looking forward to doing next week:

“I’m looking forward to playing with my dog, get a new toy, or go over to my cousin’s house.”

“I am looking forward to spending the whole week at my cousin’s place because my grandparents and my parents are having a meeting.”

“For spring break I go to my cousin’s house. They have a birthday and it was a baby. We have fun there, and we play games and ate a lot of food.”

“I am looking forward to doing fun things, going shopping, and selling lemonade or cookies. And doing a lot of cooking and baking. I will make art and crafts and tie-dye shirts!”

“I am looking forward to going to the pool over Spring Break and if the weather is warm enough I might even go to the water park.”

“I am going to the moves and playing Fortnite with my brother and playing with my little brother.”

“What I am going to do over spring break is I am going to Las Vegas. I am going to the Circus Circus and that is a hotel. I am staying there for 10 days. I am going on an airplane and then after I come from Las Vegas I am going to California.”

“What I’m looking forward to is playing soccer, reading, and riding my scooter.”

“What I am going to do over Spring Break is that I am looking for a communion dress and shoes so I can make my communion.”

“What I would do in spring break is I will go to the pool, the water park, do a lot of walking, read a lot, clean my house, and go to California.”

“What I will be looking forward to doing is to go to my Aunt’s house because I love their little dog. Her name is Sugar.”

“Going to my Grandma’s house. I think on spring break it’s my birthday and I will go to Olive Garden because everything is good.”

“I am looking forward to reading over Spring Break so I can make my 2nd AR goal.”

“I am looking forward to going to the park and having my grandpa come over.”

“I’m going to my cousin’s for a sleepover.”

“Over spring break I am going to my dad’s house in Tuba City and my brother is going to be at his friend’s house.”

“I am looking forward to spring break and reading, sometimes watching t.v., playing with my friends and doing other stuff.”

“I want to have fun with my family. Also, my brother because my brother is always out and doing things. Another is I like is having sleepovers with my cousin. I will be thinking about 
the people that I love like my friends and my beautiful teacher. Finally, I am also going to make my room cleaner and sell the things that I do not want and clothes that do not fit me.”


“What I’m looking forward to doing over spring break is learning and practicing how to do an aerial cartwheel l so I can teach my friends.”


Last but not least, my personal favorite:


Have a great Spring Break, teachers! You deserve it!


Caitlin was born to be a teacher, although she did not realize that teaching was her calling until she went to college. She has always loved to write, and began college with the mindset of becoming a journalist. Before beginning her freshman year of college, she changed my major to Elementary Education on a whim and has never looked back. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Arizona State University, and won the Outstanding Student Teacher Award during her student teaching experience in the Cave Creek Unified School District. Caitlin spent 9 years in the classroom teaching 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade. She became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2018, and holds a certificate in Early and Middle Childhood Literacy: Reading/Language Arts. The 2021-2022 school year marks the beginning of her 10th year teaching, where she will be working as an Academic Interventionist, and supporting other National Board candidates on their journey toward National Board certification. If she is lucky enough to have free time, you can find her traveling Arizona with her husband and son, spending time with her friends and family, taking group fitness classes, or enjoying a good book.

Comments 1

  1. James King

    What a fun post!

    Kids are so earnest! I appreciate them. I feel like the rest of society can use a dose of spring break every once-in-a-while. Why are schools the only places to mandate time to recharge? I need it, yes… but so many other professions do to. I wonder if our parents could balance work and parent hood and monitoring school better if they were given a few more breaks like those of us in academia…

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