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.
Good news, 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 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.
Read a non-teacher related book
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
It may not be that easy for you, and you may not do it everyday but do let yourself do it 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.
Go get a pedicure, get your hair done, or a massage. Do those things that you push to the side because you are so busy during the school year.
Devote time to hobbies
Life is so busy during the school year, it seems like there is never enough time. During the summer, 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
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 and Mommy.
I hope you do get to accomplish this teacher to do list! Tell me in the comments what you are excited to do this summer!