Teacher Summer Break: 7 Items On Your To-Do List

Inside: What to do on your teacher summer break.

One summer, I made myself a HUGE teacher “to do” list.

  • Multiple Professional Development opportunities, including some amazing classes and a trip to Washington, D.C.
  • Work with other teachers across the state to create resources for the new state standards.
  • Revamp my own lesson plans to fit the new state standards.
  • Meet with my grade-level team to work on this together, too. 

The good news is I accomplished my to-do list! I learned a ton in the classes I took and I was excited to implement all the new things I learned in my classroom. I even earned some extra money! But by the time August came around, I realized I only had 2 weeks left of summer vacation, where had my summer gone?! I worked all summer and did not give myself a real break. 

There are lots of great PD options in the summer (like our event, Educate & Rejuvenate!) and I know the pull to work on things for next year. However, I do encourage you to take a break from work. Because of this, I wrote a new “Teacher Summer To-Do List.” One that I hope you are able to accomplish.

Woman reading a book- Teacher Summer Break To-Do List

Throughout the school year, you read A LOT! You read books to your students, professional development books for school or other classes, student work, and emails from colleagues and parents.

But how often do you make time to read for fun?

Don’t we all have a stack of books that we will read “someday”? Make that stack a little smaller. Read for the enjoyment of reading. Read a book of your own choosing, not one assigned to you. Curl up on the couch or sit on the beach, either way, get lost in a good story. 

Sleep in, at least a little bit

You get up early every morning to get to school on time. That go-go-go of the school year makes mornings very busy!

It may not be that easy for you, and you may not do it every day but do let yourself sleep in at least a couple of times. If you really can’t sleep in, just give yourself a slow morning to stay in your pajamas and rest for a couple of hours.  

teacher summer break meme

Pamper Yourself

Schedule YOU TIME. After a school year of taking care of all the kids in your class, you deserve some time to take care of yourself.

This looks different for everyone. Go get a pedicure, get your hair done, or a massage. Go to lunch at your favorite restaurant. Take a drive to the beach or up into the mountains.

Whatever it is, do something that fills your cup.

Do those things that you push to the side because you are so busy during the school year. 

teacher summer break meme

Devote time to hobbies

Life is so busy during the school year, that it seems like there is never enough time. During your teacher summer break, make time for things that you love to do. Tackle a project you have been wanting to get done or learn a skill. The time is yours to be able to do those things. 

Take a vacation

It’s called summer vacation, isn’t it? Take a vacation on your teacher summer break!

Go camping, take a road trip, sit on the beach, whatever you are able to do. Take a few days away to enjoy a different place with your family. 

Enjoy time with your loved ones

Most of all, spend time with your loved ones.  Again the school year is so busy, that you may not get to spend all the time together that you want to. Devote extra time to your roles of wife, friend, mom, aunt, or daughter. 

Join Wife Teacher Mommy Club

What does Wife Teacher Mommy Club have to do with your teacher summer break?

Take advantage of our life coaching and get the help you need to get in the right mindset to take on another school year.

Also, having access to our full resource library you can relax this summer instead of spending lots of time planning for next year.

Wondering what resources are available in the club? You can see our full library here or on TPT.

I hope you do get to accomplish this teacher summer break to-do list! Tell me in the comments what you are excited to do this summer! 

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