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I'm curious as to what sort of work teachers are assigning over the holidays and whether there's a way to make any work fun and useful to students when they return. Rather than writing essays about gifts, are writing prompts about traditions, or experiences. or interviewing relatives helpful, or do they leave students with too much to do during a time that should be spent connecting with family? How do you make sure students return to school smoothly and avoid re-entry problems in January? Using Personalized learning, holidays offer an opportunity for students to share what they're learning with others, beyond just the classic "How's School?' "Fine" brief response and exchange. What would you recommend teachers do to incorporate the opportunities presented by the holidays and family get togethers into classroom activities either before or after the holiday to help make meaning for students?