When I was a paraeducator, my first job working in schools, I had summers off. This was especially great since I had just finished earning my first teaching license and was starting in earnest on my Master's degree. While still a para, I was hired to be the director of the 21st Century Community Learning Center program at my school; this was a giant, five-year, mega-bucks grant that our school had been awarded. My working hours shifted a bit to include evenings and some weekends, but I got to work from home a bit, which was a nice trade. When I left my paraeducator job and went full-bore into the world of after school and summer learning, I quickly adopted a nights, weekends, and summer schedule: my first taste of the 365-day life of someone who works with kids (parents, you know what I mean!).
Finally, when I got my first consistent work as a classroom teacher just about two years ago, I learned what summers are really for. Yes, they are for barbeques with my family, trying out my new kayak, seeing friends, reading good books, and staying up late, but there is also a whole host of activities that summer brings for a teacher like me.
Here are some of the things I have been working on since school let out on June 16th!
- Developing Professionally:
- Cleaning & Organizing:
- Did I say "Planning" already?
I do take time off here and there, like I said earlier, to walk the dogs, garden, kayak, do chores, and just relax but what I'm noticing about teaching at this stage of my career is that it's hard to turn off. And I'm very okay with that!