Teaching is not for the faint of heart. It’s a tough job that requires 100 percent of you from September to June. And let’s face, that spills over into the summer, too. While that’s ok, what you can’t forget, as educators, is to take care of yourselves during summer break so that when you return to school in the fall, you are refreshed, energized, and ready for another successful school year.
“Easier said than done,” you might be thinking. Well, we’ve come up with some easy ways for you to unwind this summer and get prepared for the upcoming school year so that you glide into September like an Olympic skater on ice. Read on to learn more.
Read for Pleasure
When is the last time you did this? Probably last summer. That’s why we encourage you to browse your local library and bookstores to get those books you’ve been dreaming about. Whether you secretly crave young adult dystopian fiction or can’t wait to get your hands on some nonfiction books about your favorite topic, make it a priority to read for pleasure this summer. Just like you told your students to do.
Take a Vacation
Get out of your comfort zone and get out into the world. Just think about how many ideas you can come up with for your classroom while visiting the Smithsonian in Washington D.C., canoeing a local river or lake, browsing an open air market in East Africa, or coming face to face with that mountain you always wanted to climb. Whether you are able to travel abroad, or keep it local, a new environment and experience is a great way to clear your mind and refresh your perspective. Blow everyone away when they ask, “What did you do over the summer?”
Get Ahead on Lesson Planning
Commit one or more mornings or afternoons to lesson planning so you won’t risk falling behind during the upcoming school year. Preparation is key when it comes to classroom teaching and your coveted lesson planning time is never really enough time to get it all done. Just a few hours a week over the summer spent preparing for the upcoming school year will continue to reap rewards until next summer.
Get Your Classroom Ready
Preparing the classroom for a new year is exhilarating. The energy in the school is happy, positive, and relaxed after the summer break. During this quiet time before the kids come back, get your classroom ready with all the supplies and decor you need to make the positive, engaging learning environment that student’s love.