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It is often said that teachers get the “summer off.” While it is true that teachers may not have students in the summer (unless they teach summer school or tutor) it is a bit of a stretch to say that from the last day of school to the first day of school teachers are “off.” So, what then, are teachers really doing in the summer? Here is the truth about a teacher’s summer break told by a teacher!
The Truth About a Teacher’s Summer Break
I often find myself needing to clarify what a real day in the life of a Kindergarten teacher looks like. Today, I am here to clear some things up about our summers!
Well… people may imagine us doing this after the last bell rings… (And wouldn’t we like to!).
While we do perhaps go on some nice vacations or spend time outside, this isn’t exactly what we spend the majority of our time doing! (Although I do hope we find time to!)
Here are some things you may find teachers engaged in over the summer:
Classes and Trainings
Teachers often attend workshops and conferences over the summer to gather new ideas, learn new research, or practice new strategies to take back to the classroom with them in the fall. Many teachers also further their education and pursue additional degrees or certificates at colleges or online during the summer.
Curriculum Work and Lesson Plans
Teachers really never stop planning. We are always thinking of new ideas and how we can implement them, and that doesn’t stop over summer break!
Often, teachers work solo or get together in small groups over summer to work on lesson plans or curriculum together.
There are some amazing books out there to help us grow and learn as teachers. Summer is a great time for us to catch up on that learning and get new ideas for the following school year.
What books are you reading this summer break? Let me know so I can check them out!
Classroom Cleaning and Design
Well, to put it bluntly – the classroom doesn’t pack itself! Many teachers are required to pack up a ton of their classroom after each school year. This allows for summer cleaning to be done. This is often a good time to do some summer cleaning of our own and (ahem) throw things away that we swore we needed but haven’t used (Guilty!).
Teachers also go back weeks before students. Some of us even sooner than that. We need to set the room up again and prepare for our next year in the classroom.
So, the truth is, teachers don’t get 3 months off like is often assumed. Even if we ran out the door screaming on the last day, abandoned any responsibilities, and strolled in the first day of school (I really don’t recommend this approach) it would still not be as long as is often perceived.
Even though teachers often do school related things over summer break – that doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy some well deserved time off! We spend time with our friends and family, take time to ourselves, and perhaps get some things done around our house or explore our hobbies some more, maybe even travel!
So the next time someone may be wondering what a teacher really does this summer, you can tell them you DO have some fun, but that a teacher’s job really never ends! Good thing we love it!
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