It’s finally summer! If you are like me, you’re probably glad to have a little time off… the school year can be exhausting. I’ve been talking to my teacher friends to see what they’re doing for the summer, and here’s their top five list:
Relax, refresh, and recharge!
Let’s face it, teaching is an intense job that taxes your energy every day. Many of my teacher friends use their summer breaks to catch up on sleep, relax and unwind from the stress, and refresh their minds and bodies. Get a massage, sleep in late (every day, if you want), or start a workout routine. You deserve it!
Further your own education and professional growth.
This can make you a better teacher, give you more exciting lesson plans, and could even raise your pay grade! Take a continuing education class, attend a conference, seminar, or workshop, or catch up on your professional reading.
Take a family vacation!
So many of my colleagues can’t wait for summer so they can spend more time with their kids. Hit the road and see the country, or relax in a tropical paradise. If money is tight, plan a fun “staycation” and get set to have a blast in your own backyard. No matter where you go or what you do, you’ll appreciate the time to reconnect with your family.
Catch up on reading (or TV)!
Early mornings and early nights during the school year often mean we teachers miss our favorite shows. Binge-watch your favorite TV shows or have a movie marathon. Or, take a break from “teacher” reading and just curl up with your favorite books… there won’t be a quiz at the end!
Get a summer job.
Many of my colleagues are looking to make a little extra cash for the summer, so they’re getting right back to work. Some are teaching summer school, camp, or classes (art, dance, writing), while others are selling crafts or getting a part-time job at their favorite retail store. The extra money you make could could really help out the family budget… or pay for a fun vacation or that new “something” you’ve had your eye on!
No matter what you decide to do with your summer, try to enjoy the time off. An exciting new school year will be here before we know it!