A Teacher's Guide to Celebrating Summer

By Sharon Taylor on June 1, 2012
  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12

Summer is here, and it is a time that should be enjoyed. I have crossed the finish line of yet another marathon!  The time has finally come to kick up my feet and relax! But why am I still up before 7 a.m., searching the Web, now for back-to-school ideas and activities? The answer is simple — I’m a teacher!

I’ve never understood why some people complain about the break teachers get during the summer. How often do you hear this old, familiar phrase:  “It must be nice to have a summer off”? I personally don’t know of a single teacher who truly has the summer off. To begin with, our summer is actually very short. Many teachers stay an extra week cleaning and packing up their classrooms. Then we return weeks before the official start of the school year to begin planning and setting up our classrooms. Additionally, being a teacher means keeping your body of knowledge in great shape. As a result, good teachers spend a great deal of their summer attending various professional developments. That only leaves a few weeks for teachers to truly rest and prepare for the next marathon. 

The summer break is a time for teachers to recharge their batteries. Teachers need to break away and enjoy outside interests or hobbies, rethink and prioritize work goals and commitments, and get juices flowing again for the next school year. Join me as I share a few tips on how to make the most of your summer break!

 

Pamper Yourself

Being a teacher is a challenging job associated with a multitude of stressors. For this reason, it is essential that teachers take time during the summer to relax. There are a number of things that can provide an escape, from getting a massage to attending to a garden to going on a vacation. Simply take the time to do what makes you happy!  

 

Spend Time With Family and Friends

When was the last time you spent quality time with family and friends? As teachers, we all know that time is something we have very little of. Spending time with family and friends is so simple and yet so often ignored.  Reconnecting and enjoying time with family and friends is a great means of relaxation.  Spending time with family and friends this summer will also help you create happy memories  you can reflect on throughout the school year. 

 

Reflect

The summer break is a great time to look back at the highs and lows of the previous school year. Sit down with a piece of paper and write down what worked and what didn’t work in the classroom. Self-reflection is key to helping you grow as an educator. For some great information on year-end reflections, please see Addie Albano's post "Year-End Reflections — The Value of Mistakes in the Classroom." 

 

Set Goals

Setting goals is the first step toward successful goal achievement.  Take some time to set realistic goals for the upcoming school year.  Create a to-do list beginning with the most important tasks to be completed and ending with the least important.  This will help ensure that you are channeling your time, energy, and efforts into things that will truly make a positive difference in your classroom.  Goal setting is the fuel that will drive you forward and keep you going when things get tough. 

 

For additional tips on enjoying your summer, please visit "My Top Five Tips on How to Celebrate Summer in Style," also by Addie Albano. 

What are your plans for the summer?  Please comment below!

 

Happy summer!

 

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