Summer is upon us! Hot days, barbecues, and all sorts of fun. For those of us who are lucky enough to be teachers, we have officially entered the off-season. While much of the world thinks this is the time of year we teachers frolic in the sunshine, the truth is not quite as glamorous. This is when we spend our time preparing for next year, growing professionally…and maybe spend a little time enjoying the sunshine, too.
1. Go to a restaurant and eat lunch sitting down without a copy machine in sight.
Take your time to peruse the entire menu. Order an appetizer. Actually chew your food and taste it. All of these amazing things are possible now that it is summer. There is no better feeling than sitting down for lunch without having to count every second so you can pick up your students on time.
2. Sleep in…or wake up early and lay in bed enjoying the fact that you don't HAVE to get up.
Of course if you are like me and have little ones at home, this is impossible. If not, I beg you!! Please take advantage of a chance to sleep in. Look at the clock when you wake up. Roll over and go back to sleep. That alone is worth its weight in gold.
3. Take a bathroom break without begging someone to watch your class for a minute… or waiting for your lunch break.
I know I didn't have to tell you this one. I think this is one of the biggest perks of summer. If there was a bladder holding Olympics, a teacher would surely win. The good news is no more counting down the minutes before you get a bathroom break…or watching how much water you drink to make sure you don't need one. Go ahead! Untrain that Olympic-ready bladder! Its summer.
4. Stay up REALLY late without thinking about what that means for tomorrow.
See a concert. Go to the late movie. Head out with friends for drinks. The options are limitless. Now that you don't have to be up at 5:00 AM to be out the door in time for the first bell, you can partake in all those great things your friends who start work at 9:00 each day can do all year long. Just don't get used to it!
5. Take a sick day.
Okay, so no one really wants to be sick on summer break, but if it is going to happen, this is the time. No writing sub plans for hours or begging a teammate to make your copies because you are pretty sure you are going to fall over any minute. No notes from the sub about student behavior. Just you, a Nyquil, and sweet dreams.
6. Teach Summer School and Earn the Big Bucks…
Of course, if none of the other ideas sound like they are up your alley, there is always Summer school! Half days and extra pay are pretty enticing! If you decide to go that route, check out these resources designed especially for summer school.