A Teacher's Summer
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Perhaps they noticed that I had actually had a few good nights of sleep since completing report cards, finishing end of year paperwork, and preparing things for the end of the year. They know me well in there. We laugh when I say, "No skim today as I need a high-test cup of coffee so I have energy for this day." Sometimes they look at me and suggest, "Perhaps an extra shot of expresso." I always assure them that no one could tolerate me with extra expresso.
So when they smiled and suggested "school's out for the summer" as if the party were about to begin, I smiled and nodded to make things easier. How do you explain to someone a teacher's summer? Yes, my schedule might be a little more relaxed and my alarm might not be set for 6:00 a.m. Monday - Friday, but summer isn't really "time-off." School has been out for 9 days and I've been working unpaid for each one of them. Over the coming weeks, I'll read professional books to help improve my teaching and prepare for my new position. I'll attend Summer Academy classes offered by my district. In July I have two professional development conferences in which I'll lead sessions in addition to co-hosting the #cyberPD book talk. In August, I will attend and lead a session at ILE Ohio. Not only will August be spent preparing for school, but I will also co-host #pb10for10.
Last week I read, "How To Stop Obsessing About Work When You're Not There," shared by a colleague. Honestly, that's a little more complicated if you love what you do. I look forward to the time in summer so that I can catch up on professional reads. I look forward to the time in the summer so I can meet with colleagues to discuss learning and consider changes for the new year. I look forward to summer so I have time to think about how to make things better. I look forward to summer so I can spend time learning more about the ideas I want to pursue. I look forward to summer so I can have time for professional writing and reflection.
As a teacher it's true that my summer schedule slows down a little more, but there's still much to be done during this time. I love what I do and choose to spend much of my summer improving my craft. How do you explain to someone a teacher's summer? I'm not quite sure, but know it isn't all spent by poolside.