My amazing administration let me take a week off of work for the trip. This was great, but it was the first time I've taken a significant amount of time off during the school year. Normally, as a teacher, when you are away it is when everyone else is away as well. You don't have to worry about missing important emails or meetings because you know everyone else paused for a week with you. Needless to say, I am frantically trying to catch up on emails/meetings/scheduling/paperwork. With the end of the quarter coming up any work I do with children is tied to getting the right data and assessing them to be sure of their progress. This week is a whirlwind of data collection, meetings, paperwork, and, oh, paperwork.
Still, it's nice to be back with the kids. I just wish we could incorporate the Spanish siestas into our daily routines. I think I'd be so much more productive.