You're a teacher... so what do you do all summer?
I've been thinking about how to write this post all summer and I think I have finally wrapped my head around it. I am sure I'm not the only teacher who gets annoyed when she hears "but what do you DO all summer" so I wanted to provide a little insight into what I do.
- I work! I'm not sure if you're aware, but teachers are not making the big bucks. I know I am not the only teacher out there that spends time over the summer (and after school during the school year) working additional jobs. Fortunately for me, I L😍VE the work that I get to do. (See post: Why did I become a teacher? Because I was a black belt first. ) I also attend our international conference every year for ATA Taekwondo in order to be the best instructor and martial artist I can be. #lifelonglearner
- I learn! I spend a lot of my summer traveling to conferences to present and to learn from others. One of the best ways to get better at what you do is to surround yourself by other motivated people in your field who are doing innovating things. This summer I attended and presented at ISTE18, attended and presented at Student Voice Conference 18, and helped teach a local training for computer science teachers in Delaware. Additionally, I read blogs, twitter, and books to help me get better at my craft. #NoOffSeason
- I prep! If you have ever had to lead anything (a seminar for your colleagues, a training for a customer on your product, an arts and crafts activity at camp, etc) you know that you have to do a lot of prep to run a good session. Teachers do that prep for each class they teach, every day of the year, which mean the prep starts over the summer. I spend time reviewing new materials, planning pacing for the year, researching new tools, and more to make sure that I am ready to give my students the best learning experience I can. (Currently reading Teach Like a Pirate) #tlap
- I self-care! I don't get vacation days during the school year to schedule self-care time. Over the summer, I reboot so that when school starts I am ready to go. This means that we do schedule family time and trips for the summer because it is the only time that we can. Teacher burnout is real because the work we do is physically, emotionally, and mentally draining so over the summer I spend time taking care of myself so that once school starts I can be ready to take care of others.