Summer is almost overwhelming in a sense. Teachers have so much more free time and still so much we want to accomplish. I always like to encourage my own students to make lists and develop their goals on paper, so I figure I’d do the same with my summer aspirations. For other educator’s out there, this could be your summer to-do list, too!
1. Read. A LOT. And not just books for school. I’ve already started to read the books that I’m truly interested in and passionate about, even ones that are high above your students’ grade level ability. If you don’t know what to read, just go check out your local book store and find something that catches your eye. Yes, just read for fun!
2. Spend lots of time with the family. During the school year, school nights are so hectic. By the time I get home and dinner is eaten, it’s almost time for bed (granted I do go to bed extremely early!). Take the time now to enjoy spending time with family, whether it’s going for a walk, to the amusement park, concerts, the beach, or the zoo.
3. Think about next year without going overboard. Being that it’s still so early in the summer, I like to think about next year and slowly integrate the ideas and plans in my mind. I don’t want to over-plan, though. There will be plenty of time for that as the summer draws to a close.
4. Just spend time outdoors. Sitting outside on the patio can be so relaxing. It’s something I did not do all school year and really wish I had when weather allowed. Just being outside under the sun is one of the best therapies I can think of. Teachers are indoors too much of the time during the school year, so get out there now as much as you can.
5. Stay up LATE! And sleep in, too. Maybe this should have been number 1 on the list. I have always been a fan of waking up at 5am, even on weekends, but something changed for me this summer. I’m a huge fan of no alarm clocks and letting nature wake me up.
6. Tie up any loose ends. This is my least favorite on my to do list, mainly because these are “chores” that need to be done. Meeting with an accountant and getting quotes for some home repairs. Not fun summer activities, but it will reduce your stress in the rest of the school year if you tie up loose ends now.
Now, if I can get through that summer to do list, I will know I had a great, productive, happy summer. Hope all you teachers are enjoying yours too!