When I first started teaching, I was also in the army reserves, so when school would let out in June, I would pack up and ship off to training camps, all the way until school started again at the end of August. Once I left the service, I had hectic summers of moving apartments, traveling abroad, and doing everything but sitting still...While I'll soon be entering my fifth year in the teaching profession, this is the first summer I've gotten to enjoy it the way it's meant to be: disconnecting and recharging.
I've being doing this two ways.
1. Investing in my happiness!
Summer vacation is the perfect time as a teacher to recharge for next year- this means a lot more than just sleeping in and catching up on favourite TV shows. I've been reading blogs about happiness (my favourite being happier.com), and working on being grateful and present in the moment, I even opened an instagram account to document at least one moment of daily happiness. I've been spending lots of times with friends and family, hosting some great backyard barbecues and riding my bike along the waterfront. This is what summer was meant for!
2. Working on teacher things. You'd think this would be a big no-no to disconnect. In reality, doing a couple of teacher things now and then is cutting down on any back-to-school stress I might have. I am loving the opportunity to slowly get ready for next year and having time to read the professional books I've been stockpiling. Getting my planner ready, listening to education TEDTalks, and gathering ideas for the units I have coming up next year are all doing a great job in keeping me connected to education, but on my own terms.
These two guidelines have helped me start off the most relaxing summer of my career! How do you spend your teacher summer?
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