Teachers! What do you do during the Summer months?Do you work? Volunteer? Sleep? Travel? Prepare your classroom?  I simply detach myself from my teacher persona and forget what I do for a living...

Teachers! What do you do during the Summer months?

Do you work? Volunteer? Sleep? Travel? Prepare your classroom?  I simply detach myself from my teacher persona and forget what I do for a living for the entire time to try to re-invent my game. What say you?!

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

For me, it's the reflection time.  I think being able to engage in a period of sustained reflection and thought about what worked and what needed improvement is part of the package in order to come back the following year energized and ready to take on what is there.  I have found that the summer is spent for me pretty much living in this "village inside my head," where I think about the curriculum, my relationship with colleagues and students, differentiation of content, and the focus of where I am going and where I want to be.  It is impossible for me to feel ready to teach without this period of reflection.  Some of it is good.  Some of it is rather painful to have to revisit.  Yet, I think it's an important part of me to be able to feel that I can handle what the next year will bring.

lmetcalf eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I try to read all of the books that I "discover" at the bookstore, the library, or are recommended from friends.  I also try to catch up on the television I don't get to during the year.  This year I watched all three seasons of Mad Men.  It is an amazing show! The writing, casting, costumes, research, directing are all worthy of praise.  I especially loved watching them on DVD because in the bonus features there were Audio Commentaries done by Matthew Weiner, the head writer for the show.  He is commenting over the top of the episode, and I found it facinating to hear the author speak about writing.  As an avid reader I like to think I understand an author's choices, but to hear the author actually speak about the writing process and product was delightful.  I can't recommend it enough!

drmonica eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I devote at least 1 hour per day, usually more, to lounging at the local swimming pool, working on a tan and READING!

I also do some conference presentations, because most state school administrator organizations hold their annual conferences during the summer.

Gardening is another of my summer pastimes. I keep a full vegetable garden, raising corn, potatoes, green beans, butter beans, yellow squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchini, bell peppers, banana peppers, habaneros, and jalapenos. I have two wild blackberry patches that I pick from. I spend time every week canning or freezing vegetables, making pickles, or making preserves and jam.

categal eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I am TEFL certified and so I go abroad for 2 months and teach all ages (3 years old up to 60, all in different classes of course!) and levels of students (no English to students with 15 years experience) in different countries.  It's a great way to change up my teaching experience and get great new ideas from teachers all over the world.  Currently I'm in China... :o) working with teachers from Scotland, South Africa, the Philippines, other US states and Canada.  I think every teacher should experience a new school, but to see how a different country runs their programs is amazing and eye-opening.

ajmchugh eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I always want to accomplish more than I actually do in the summer.  At the end of each school year, I create a huge to-do list; about half of it generally gets done.  It usually takes me a week or two in June to actually comprehend that I don't have any papers to grade or plans to write, and during that week or two I usually just waste time and do frivolous things.  When I finally get it through my head that I have a free couple of months, I read, work out, garden, and even get a head start on preparations for the next year. (This summer, though, my attention was consumed by my 5-month-old!)

Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

School baseball games, relax, fundraising with students, rejuvenate, educational travel with students, rest, visit family, read...and then start all over again.  Summer really is a time to be something besides a teacher; however, I do find myself yearning for some kind of routine about the time school starts again--or maybe a week or so after that.  I do enjoy not spending any time on planning or preparation; however, I also enjoy gearing up for a new school year. 

lynn30k eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Relax! I do some planning for the next school year, as well as taking care of some work odds and ends, but I try to mostly take care of myself and my family. It lets me stay sane during the school year...if I know I have an extended time to relax, travel, exercise, and have fun, it makes it much easier to keep going during the school year. As all you teachers know, the school year is highly stressful.

martinjmurphy eNotes educator| Certified Educator

What I don't do is teach summer school!! I need to get away from school during the summer.  I catch up on about a million projects around the house that I have been putting off during the school year.  I also like to travel, read, go hiking, relax, go on long walks with my wife and 2 dogs, catch up with family and old friends, and catch up on some movies I have been wanting to watch.

amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Workout, play sports, watch my sons play sports, work in the garden, put up veggies and fruits for winter consumption, read all the books I wanted to read but didn't have time to during the school year, travel, camp, catch up with housework and projects which were neglected during the school year, and eventually I begin to research and plan for upcoming school year.

dastice eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I hit the gym, catch up with friends, fix things around the house, and sleep.  I have a to-do list of all the things I plan to do each summer, and it seems I only get to a small percentage of them.  Many evenings I find myself wondering where my day went and what I did with all of that free time, but then I remind myself that this is what vacation is all about!

kiwi eNotes educator| Certified Educator

As others I read the stack of novels that have piled at the side of my bed and sleep A LOT. I get into this terrible afternoon siesta routine which I have to shake out of when I return to school - 2pm nap does not go well when school finishes at 3. I catch up on e-notes too, but as US summer is NZ winter there are still plenty of interersting questions around.

brettd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Hitting the mountains tomorrow for some good old fashioned hiking and fishing for cutthroat trout in some alpine lakes.  I read as many regular books as I can (no papers to grade), and travel as far as my budget will allow.  Most importantly, though, I SLEEP!  Pays back my sleep mortgage from the school year.

accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Scour enotes for questions to answer? No, seriously I try to read as much of the literature that I have bought during the previous year and have not had time to read and most importantly catch up with my wife and family. For me summers have to be a time of recharging and re-inspiring for the year ahead.

burbina eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Up until this summer, I've ALWAYS taught summer school.  However, when the district announced that summer school would be limited due to budget cuts, I decided I was going to take a summer off, and I have to say, I've enjoyed having extra time to relax and play with my kids.

bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I travel as much as possible during the summer months (trips to the Virgin Islands and New Orleans are planned before school begins again). I also spend time with my eBay sales and eNotes work, and try to relax around the house during the remaining hours.

grammargirlie2000 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I travel and read as much as possible.  As a middle school English teacher, I constantly have to read YA literature.  During the summer, I FINALLY get to read what I want...with no guilt!  I finished this summer with 18 books under my belt!

slchanmo1885 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I work as a tutor and nanny, and do enotes of course! I also take time to work on my photography. If I'm lucky, I travel somewhere. I also read, read, read, read like crazy. 

thewanderlust878 | Student

I'm not the type of teacher you are referring to here, but I do know some high school and middle school teachers who also kind of do the same thing you do. They forget that they are teachers for a few months and pursue something that they love. They take advantage of the fact that they have months without work (but still have a job) and everyone else has to go to work every day, and use that time to catch up on books, hobbies, kids, etc. 

What about a volunteer experience in South Africa there are lots of areas in education here where this would be benifit the volunteer and the comunity?

iteacher | Student
Teachers! What do you do during the Summer months?

Do you work? Volunteer? Sleep? Travel? Prepare your classroom?  I simply detach myself from my teacher persona and forget what I do for a living for the entire time to try to re-invent my game. What say you?!

 I try to get as much work related things completed before summer break (the last month of school I stay later and organize projects to prep for the new year) then do things at home that didn't get done because of work or travel.

lludo | Student

I take classes and catch up on family time.  I find that the minute I blink the summer is over.

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