Many teachers have chaotic work schedules, and most teachers work more than 40 hours a week. Summer break offers teachers a time to bring balance back to their lives. Teachers can use the extra time in their days for family, personal improvement, hobbies, friends, education, and fitness. Here are some ways to use your summer to its full potential as an educator.
- Teach summer camp or school. If you need the extra money over summer, signing up to teach summer school or be a camp counselor could give you a good boost of income.
- Take professional education classes. Educating yourself during summer is important. You may need to take professional education classes to keep your teaching certification or use the classes to increase your salary.
- Start a new hobby. Learning a new hobby during summer will help you to relax with that hobby when you’re in the middle of the school year.
- It can be nearly impossible to travel during the school year. Take advantage of the summer and get out of your element and grow! Don’t forget to check your passport status!
- Practice self-care. Do the things you have been wanting to do but didn’t have the time. Read the books, watch the movies, get your nails done, or get a massage!
- Self-Reflect. not to obsess about the next school year and instead take the time to reflect on the previous year and assess how you can improve.
- Improve your fitness and diet. Incorporating physical activity into your summer can help increase your stamina for the school year to come.
- Focus on your sleep schedule. Teaching comes with a lot of late nights and rough sleepless nights. Establishing a healthy sleep regime will help you feel more alert during the day, and you’ll be the better version of yourself.
- Prepare your lessons. Assess your past lessons and figure out which ones worked, and which didn’t. Workshop new lessons that you feel will better suit your needs.
- Research and set up your classroom. Research how you can set up a classroom for optimal learning and engagement. Don’t forget the motivational posters!
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- Project Based Learning for All Classrooms
- Developing Students’ Mindfulness Practice to Support Engagement, Self-Regulation, and Achievement
- A Mindful Pedagogy: Strategies for Creating Compassionate and Purposeful Learning Spaces