Summer for Teachers
Summer is here for most teachers. It has been a long trek with students where you have probably put in 50 hours a week for the past 9 months. That equates to working 9 extra 40 hour work weeks! Tell that to people that think you get your summers off! You probably work more hours than most! You are drained, you are exhausted, you are wondering how you will be ready for the start of school in two short months. Well, we have our 3 R’s of summer tips for teachers that we will hope will get you relaxed and ready for another school year.
1. Recharge Batteries
Your tank is almost on “E.” You limped through the last week of school like a distance runner with a broken leg. You are internally beat up and bruised beyond recognition. It is time to plug your cord of life back in and recharge your batteries. This can take many forms for teachers during the summer. #1 See #3 below. #2 Take a much deserved vacation. I don’t mean Hawaii (who can afford that on a teacher’s salary anyway?). It can be to a scenic location just a short drive from your home. You could camp (if that’s your thing), take a scenic bike ride, or go any other place that you can find relaxation. But the most important thing is to take time for yourself. It is OK to be selfish. You gave over 9 months to a classroom full of other peoples’ kids. It’s time for YOU!
2. Re-introduce yourself to your family
Hi, I am dad. I have been absent from your life for the past 3/4 of the school year. I would like to introduce myself as the person that will be feeding you, clothing you, and doing as much fun stuff as we can pack into two months as possible. Oh, and make sure to re-introduce yourself to your significant other as well. Take the person out on a romantic date (or three). Re-connect with the person that has watched you pull out almost every strand of your hair during the school year. Show the person that you appreciate him/her. Your family is your support network throughout the school year. Show them you care by doing fun and special things throughout the summer.
Much can be said for a “good” night’s sleep. During the school year, most nights I got about 6 1/2 hours of sleep. But some of those were spent tossing and turning thinking about the next day of school: papers to correct, those kids that made you think you were underpaid, or the 9 million things that you had to do before the students arrived. A good night’s sleep should look like this in the summer. #1 Going to bed whenever you want to. #2 Reading a great book or watching a favorite TV show (screw studies about not having screen time before bed-works for me). #3 Not setting an alarm. Let your body tell you when it’s ready to get up! #4 When you do wake up, know that you can take your time getting out of bed!
Please take these 3 R’s of summer for teachers and own them like a boss! If you do, you will be ready to tackle another school year. I would love to hear your tips of what you do in the summer to rest, relax and re-charge!