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I Hope You Take Care

By Christina Torres — December 21, 2015 1 min read
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It’s the first week of winter break. After last week’s list of resources for educators to take a peek at, I want to thank Ilana Horn for sharing an important reminder with me via her Twitter:

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” - Audre Lorde

The work itself is difficult, challenging, and beautiful-- and so is our humanity, and our need to rest. As NPR posted earlier this year, we all have those moments where we’re called to stop and take a breath, no matter how long we’ve been in the classroom.

So, for now, I hope you rest. I hope you tend to and take care of yourself and your loved ones. Rest is necessary to avoid burnout, The Guardian reports, and our students will only benefit when we return to the classroom with fresh eyes, minds, and hearts.

P.S. The holiday or winter season can be a tough time for some of us, too. BuzzFeed did an excellent Mental Health Week series that might be helpful.

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