You deserve this upcoming break. Here are some fun things to explore, contemplate, and enjoy while you recharge in time for the next quarter/semester.
Research shows that unplugging and de-stressing not only improve your daily life, but they also help you reconnect with friends, family, and even yourself. This article from the Huffington Post outlines more benefits as well as tips on how to unplug.
This week's theme: Enjoying Your Time Off
Not only is laughing fun, but there are short- and long-term health benefits as well. The Mayo Clinic states that in the short-term, laughter enhances your intake of oxygen and decreases stress. In the long-term, laughter improves your immune system as well. Check out these videos that are sure to make you giggle.
Uptown Funk Parody "Unread Book"
Join this hilarious librarian who shares his excitement for unread books.
24 Carat Magic Parody (with 24 Carrots)
This parody was created using actual carrots. There is even a link to a tutorial to make a carrot slide whistle. (This could be a great classroom project!)
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The Atlanta area features rich history, food, attractions, and more. While on Winter Holiday Break, consider visiting these local attractions for free.
AJC's Guide to Free Admission
CCSD Employee Discounts
While not focused on local attractions, why not get a discount on goods and services for working in education?
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Once you have taken a moment to relax, laugh, unwind, and unplug, consider employing your growth mindset to learn something new.
Fun Facts: Did you know this trivia about December?
Deeper Learning: Have you ever wanted to try an online course but did not know where to start? Consider CourseTalk, which will help you narrow down the best course outlet for you.
As education professionals, we know the myriad of benefits reading presents. Below are several compilation lists of recommended books worth exploring:
Gates Notes: The Best Books of 2016 according to Bill Gates
Good Reads (a social media site for readers)
Top Fiction Books of 2016
Top Non-Fiction Books in Education
This video, taken at a SXSWedu meetup, addresses whether online courses are good for learning or not. In it, the panelists also talk about teaching and learning in general.
MOOC: Massive Open Online Course
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