It’s here! – Summer Holidays – WooHoo!
But how much of a break do teachers actually get? If a student asks what your plans are for the summer what do you say?
Here are 10 things teachers actually do during the summer.
1. Switch Off Completely
Yes indeed. Some just switch off and make time for Rest & Reflection. And why not? Summer is a great time to recharge your batteries.You need to be refreshed and ready to go as soon as those doors open in September.
2. Read (on the beach if you’re lucky)
Teachers spend a lot of time reading during the summer. Sure, the books can be very different from one another. But chances are pretty good that you’ll encounter a bit of pedagogy, new curriculum, updates to standards, and maybe a novel or two tossed in for good measure.
3. Teach summer school
Let’s be real, teachers don’t make a lot of money. Many choose to teach summer school during their break to earn a few extra pounds. They help students learn – even during the holidays
4. Be a student
Summer break is a great time to be a student yourself. Whether you’re just collecting courses or are working towards more qualifications when are you going to have more time to devote to your own studies than summer break? When else can you read a textbook on the beach. Consider it multitasking at its finest.
5. Lesson planning
You might have the summer off, but that doesn’t mean you won’t spend countless hours updating or creating new lesson plans. That’s the beauty of education, what we know is always changing, so there’s always something new to teach or a new way to teach it.
6. Professional development
Don’t be surprised if you find yourself sitting in a conference room for a few days during your “break” time.
7. Personal Admin & Odd jobs
Many teachers do personal admin and odd jobs during the summer. Some research their family trees or binge watch on Netflix. Either way the six week break is a great time to catch up on all those little jobs
Surprise! Sports don’t end on the last day of school or at the end of the football season. Cricket and other sports carry on throughout the summer. If you’re a sports teacher you may not actually be able to get away from your students at all during summer break.
Volunteering is a great way to spend your summer. As an added bonus, you could spend time overseas on service trips or teaching children how to speak English. It’s like a vacation where you still get to spend time doing what you love – working with kids.
10. Decorating and organizing their classroom
A teacher spends 6 hours a day, 180 days a year, in class with their students. The tone of the classroom can have an impact on how well the students learn so teachers spend quite a bit of time in their own classrooms during the summer moving things around, redecorating, and updating the feel of their room.