Watch Out Teacher Summer Vacation Here I Come- So Little Time So Much To Do

Yes! It’s summer- a teacher’s favorite season. You’ve worked hard the whole school year and have earned the time off. And, there’s so many things you want to do, but only so much time. Before you know it, it’ll be time for school to start again. So, what do you say about summer vacation? Watch out teacher summer vacation, here I come. And, these are the ways I can best use my summer break as a teacher.

Watch Out Teacher Summer Vacation

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Honestly, you can use some down time. The most stressful times of the school year for a teacher is the beginning and end of the year (along with all the time in between).

Seriously, think about it, all of those end of the year activities like testing, finalizing grades, end of the year committee meetings, and getting students ready to move to the next grade wear you out. Plus, there’s more after school events for you to attend like band concerts, awards banquets, and graduations.

Relax on Your Teacher Summer Vacation

If the end of the year wasn’t hectic enough, you’ve been going at it long before the end of the year. You’ve been going at a stressful pace since August.

So, it’s okay to take the first couple of weeks of summer vacation and relax. If you don’t, you could find yourself at risk for teacher burnout.

Take in a movie. Read a book. Even better, listen to an audio book while soaking in a hot bath.

Let your mind wander for a bit. Practice meditation.

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Even more shocking, laze around and watch Netflix.

When was the last time you actually spend a day doing nothing?

I’m not saying make a habit of it. Just take a few days to decompress. You’re body, mind, and spirit will thank you.

It’s not being selfish. In fact, it’s necessary. You need to relax, or you’ll regret it later.

Start a Hobby

Once you’ve relaxed a bit, you can now focus on doing something with your time. Teacher summer break is a great time to start a hobby.

Maybe there’s something that you’ve wanted to learn to do. Your teacher summer vacation is a great time to learn how to do it.

For example, maybe you’ve wanted to take up photography or scrapbooking. There are great resources where you can learn a hobby.

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Once you’ve picked one up, you’ve got plenty of time during the summer to pursue it.

Start a Hobby for Summer

Hobbies are good for stress management. Also, hobbies stimulate the brain. Thus, you’re provided a challenge that is positive and forces you to think in new ways.

In addition, a new hobby provides you with socialization opportunities. You can find various forums or social network groups through which you can communicate with other people who share your hobby. Ultimately, a hobby give you something to talk about with others.

Start Exercising

Let’s face it. Starting an exercise routine is hard to do in the middle of the year. First of all, you can come up with all kinds of excuses. For example, it’s hard to find the time. Or, you don’t have the energy when school is out.

No matter the excuse, it’s hard to start exercising in the middle of the school year.

So, why not start during the summer? You’ve got plenty of time. Even more, you can figure out the best time to squeeze an exercise program that will work for you when school is in.

Plus, you can get into a routine that will be hard to fight once school starts. In addition, you’ll be in better shape once school starts.

Then, all you have to do is keep up the habit once school starts. Sure, you’ll have to find the time, and keep yourself motivated. But, it’s easier once you’ve established the habit during your summer break.

And, you don’t have to spend too much time doing it. You can get in shape with exercising under 30 minutes a day.

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Go Somewhere

Another thing you should do with your summer vacation is going somewhere After all, summer vacation is vacation.

Besides, you’ve been stuck inside most of the time during the school year. You need to experience the outdoors.

Therefore, you should take a trip. Go somewhere you’ve never been before. Get outdoors and see things you can’t see in your classroom.

If you can’t afford a big trip, take a day trip. Find something near you that you can do and afford.

Go to a lake or river. Visit a national landmark or a state park.

Go somewhere for summer vacation

In other words, get outside. Enjoy the fresh air. Experience the freedom of doing something during the day other than being in a classroom.

Make a memory and take it back to school with you.

Get A Head Start on Next Year

If you’re like most teachers( with a type A personality), you could do all the above and still have time left over.

So, what do you do with the rest of your summer? You can get a head start on planning for the next year.

Now, you don’t have to kill yourself doing it. Do as little or as much as you like. Any head start is better than no head start.

Personally, I like to plan the first grading period. If I get that out of the way, then that frees up a large chunk of my planning time.

As a result, I can use that time to grade papers and plan the next grading period.

Over time, I’ve freed up more time and get more done during the schoolday. I can go home earlier. Also, my evenings are mine again.

Additionally, my instruction is better and my students perform better because I have a solid plan in place. Even better, my stress level is reduced because I don’t have to rush to get things done.

Ultimately, I have a better year because I took two weeks out of my summer vacation to plan ahead.

It’s Your Summer Vacation- Do What You Want

You’ve worked hard all year. You’ve earned this vacation. Enjoy it.

That’s the most important thing. You need the time to de-stress and decompress.

So, do what you want to do. Do what you like and enjoy your summer. Work will start back up sooner than you think.

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Author: Chris Meche

I'm a teacher that wants to help other teachers grow in their craft. I also want to help parents teach their children to read at home. Reading is more than a hobby; it's my passion.

8 thoughts on “Watch Out Teacher Summer Vacation Here I Come- So Little Time So Much To Do”

  1. Great information on teacher vacation.
    I know a lot of teachers who can use these tips, However i feel I can also use them to unwind as they are versatile ideas.
    I love mostly the idea of starting a hobbie, because I am always looking for new hobbies to do as they open your mind and more importantly ignite your brain.

    1. Yes, hobbies are good at making your brain work. Matter of fact, retirement facilities have done experiments with having residents participate in hobbies to stimulate brain cells to counteract the effects of Alzheimer’s and dementia. I use my hobbies to refocus after a particularly stressful day at work. Also, when I’m having trouble focusing (I suffer from adult ADHD), I work on a hobby. This allows me to concentrate and force my brain to focus. After about 30 minutes of that, I can focus on more important tasks.

  2. I had always wanted to be a teacher, but just didn’t end up there. I can see this as an exciting time for teachers. It is like perpetual year-after-year summer vacation! How nice to work so hard all year helping kids, and then having the summer to yourself! Do you have to go in at all during the summer, or is it completely time off?

    1. In my district, we aren’t required to come in. More importantly, my contract is up on the last day of school, so no district can require a teacher to work during the summer. That being said, you may volunteer to work during the summer. Of course, they have to pay you extra above your normal salary. I work an extra three weeks during the summer. It’s only half a day for 4 days a week, but the extra money pays for a trip for my family in July. I still have 6 weeks off, which is plenty of time for me to unwind. Plus, I have a 3 day weekend while I’m working anyways. For me, I find it’s the perfect balance, and that is what teachers need. It’s about finding the right work/home balance.

  3. Great advice! Many of my teacher friends will plan a spa day during their first week off. That shift from being supremely active, to being off of work, can be jarring. It’s OK to feel a little lost during those first couple of weeks off. It’s better if you can plan some activities for yourself, because planning is what teachers do best, right? Plan to have some lounging-around-the-house days. That way, you don’t have to feel guilty for enjoying some me-time if it’s part of the plan.

    1. You’re right. Planning is what teachers do best. And, yes, the sudden change in daily activity can be disorienting. Honestly, for the first two weeks I lose track of the days. It’s easy to do when everyday feels like Saturday. So, to combat this I make plans for those first two weeks. Now, my plans are low key and usually involve things around the house like working on my yard or building a model ship (I’m a Navy veteran).

  4. Great Article. I am sure I can recommend some of the stuff you are offering to a lot of people i know who need vacation in their life.

    I love how you touched on hobbies and ways that can help a person relax. Very good Read. What i would like to know when it comes to the vacation is that don’t you have any places that you know that you would recommend to teaches that they would go to and are in they budget to spend.

    1. Thank you for your positive feedback. Also, thanks for the question. Yes, I didn’t mention any specific vacation destinations because it’s plan to link a new post on that very subject to this one. So, look out for it coming very soon. 

      Yes, teachers do need to consider vacation destinations that are within a teacher’s budget. And, unfortunately, there is that whole low teacher salary situation that could keep teachers from traveling. Yet, there are some ways to offset the cost, such as places that offer discounts for teachers. 

      In an upcoming post, I plan on providing these tips.

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