Are you a supporter of the split break, where there is 1 week in February off, and then another week in the spring?
Or would you rather have a 2 week break all in the spring?
For me, educationally speaking, I prefer the split break, and there are many reasons why.
First and foremost, this time of year, we are getting a LOT out of the students... and pushing them hard for improvement, which they usually respond to. I just think they need a break. They need to play. They need to be with their family. They need to just relax their minds. They need to be away from each other for a little bit ...and now is a perfect time for that to happen.
Don't get me wrong, as a parent, I love the 2 week break later in the spring... you can go on a nice vacation, you can spend a lot of quality time with your family, you can get some projects done, etc. But remember, we're talking about what's best for the students, not for what's best for me as a father of 4.
I know this is a very controversial issue for some, and lots of people would rather have the 2 weeks off later, but that's just my opinion. This is from teaching with experience of having both options available, and seeing the results afterwards.
Either way, kids just need a break sometimes from all of the stuff that's thrown at them.
They need time just to be a kid.