Things teachers do all summer? It’s probably unromantic.
Spring break is over, and the countdowns are on for the end of the school year. This can only mean one thing; people will start asking me what teachers do all summer.
What do teachers DO all summer? I can’t speak for every teacher everywhere, but here is what I do after a year of teaching.
- I organize myself and my house. Personally, I sleep (lots). I enjoy not setting an alarm. I drink coffee in pajamas. I stare out the window.
I clean my house. Closets. Kid clothes. Match pairs of gloves. Take loads to Goodwill. Pretty boring activities.
- I spend time with my kids and husband. Puzzles, books, tv. I run the kids to summer camp. We take a vacation (normally). I take my kids to swim, to the park, to the library. I read.
This is normally June-ish. I’m under the (incorrect) illusion that summer is stretching long before me.
- I tiptoe into the world of education. This happens in July because I’ve realized that August is next. Also, back to school commercials crop up.I unload my school bag. I start searching ideas on Pinterest. I read a few short stories/ novels/ nonfiction pieces for work.
- I create a vision for my next year.This includes both personal and school life. A goal that I always renew is not to eat out during the school year. I want to prep meals, have frozen meals on hand, and eat healthier than I did the year before. I might stock my deep freezer.More than anything, I decide what I want for the next school year. This includes organization for myself and students, curriculum, implementing changes, and classroom setup.
- I start working. Before my unpaid vacation is over*, I start working.I create lesson plans, research ideas, collaborate with coworkers, and begin changes in my classroom.
Am I grateful to be a teacher? Do I enjoy teaching? Do I believe this is the most important job in the world? Yes.
That is why my brain never really turns off from teaching. My 5 things teachers do all summer are probably reflective of teachers across the states. Boring, maybe, but necessary.
* Teachers aren’t paid for the summer months where I live. Our pay is based on nine months of work, but some schools kindly divide the nine months of pay over twelve months.