I felt uncomfortable with teaching after New Year, but this was mainly due to having still contact with colleagues teaching in Switzerland. I don't feel exhausted the way I usually feel at the end of a semester, i.e., like this owl posted on Facebook some time ago:
In fact, having a break in the middle of the term offers some chances:
- I will start the second part of the term with a repetition/summary. When there's no break, I usually don't do this because I'm hesitant to "lose" a session while there is so much students should get to know/practice.
- Students have a bit more time for "homeworks." And I hope this pays off with respect to quality. Usually, they have two weeks for submitting assignments. I don't include the days of the Christmas/New Year break.
- I have some time to unwind and I hope to be not as exhausted as usually at the end of the term.