Oh the joy. Oh the bliss. If one might borrow a few words from Alice Cooper:
School’s out for summer
School’s out forever…
No more pencils
No more books
No more teacher’s dirty looks
Out for summer
Out till fall
We might not go back at all
Students believe that they have a monopoly on summer because they are out of school and no longer do they have teachers to answer to.
But, they just don’t understand. As excited as the kids were on the last day of school, it was nothing compared to the excitement of the teachers when the last yellow bus pulled out of the parking lot. Everyone knew that after a couple of days of paperwork and getting our rooms organized our break would begin.
Teachers know how precious summer break really is. There is time to rest. Time to reflect. Time to spend with family. Time for a movie, outside of your living room. Time to sit down and read a good long book. Vacation. And, time to relax.
Some teachers will not get that luxury. Since we are ten-month employees many will start summer jobs to insure they can make ends meet. Most of us have our pay spread over twelve months so we won’t have to work unless we really want to.
I teach middle school and I just went from 110 kids down to two, whom I can put in their rooms if I get tired of them. Personally, I have a honey-do list about a mile long that I will work on some, but mostly I will spend time with my family. I will spend some time relaxing on the beach and maybe writing when my muse allows. I will spend a week in Arizona on a mission trip, which I hope to do a different type of work.
It’s all about recharging and getting ready for the new school year. Where kids usually try to avoid learning during the summer, teachers take the time to learn new ways to inspire and reach the new students that are different from the kids that we just taught. If you are tired and stressed, it is difficult to learn new things. If you are not inspired then it is difficult to inspire.
Out of all the things I have on my honey-do list I believe the first thing on my agenda will be a nap. Then, I plan to wake up and go to bed. I will write when inspired and play with my little girl every day.
I hope all are blessed with a great summer filled with joy and blessings.
***John is the author of Cody’s Almost Trip to the Zoo