“So you don’t work in the summer?”
This phrase and various other versions of it are said to me each and every summer. It is my version of fingers on a chalkboard, and it sends me reeling (even though I try to hide it). Just ask my husband!
While I know there are lots of teachers that sit around the pool all summer, I am not one of them. I also know lots of teachers that spend their summers nannying, tutoring, and doing other “2nd jobs” just to get by on their small salaries.
So do I work in the summer?
Before having my daughter, I was tutoring ALL summer or teaching summer school. Now it isn’t full time, but that doesn’t mean I take a break from learning all that I can about what’s new in our profession and various other things related to work.
I read, plan, and create all summer long. It isn’t stressful like it is during the school year. I start the summer by organizing my lesson plan book for the year. Then, I fill in the calendar information, and I start planning the design of my classroom and map the curriculum out for the year.
I spend time reading through the teachers manuals of new programs we are implementing and I even attend workshops and webinars. I find supplementary materials to go along with what we are learning.
While it’s usually stress-free, it is still related to my career, so I still call it working. Do I go out of town on vacations and spend some time outside and at the pool? Of course, but I am never completely away from my work and I like it that way. It helps relieve the stress of starting the school year, and it keeps me organized.
So what do I say in response? Yes, I still work during the summer, but it’s more preparing for the next year (and yes, that entails some R&R mixed in).
I also am creating products for Teachers Pay Teachers. Check out my summer sale: