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10 Emotions a Teacher Feels as Summer Comes to a Close [GIFs]

The end of summer. For teachers, it conjures a mix of emotions no one else quite understands. The thrill of meeting new students, buying new school supplies, and starting a fresh new year. But also the dread of getting up at 5 am again, spending your nights grading, and sitting through yet another faculty meeting.

These kitties feel your joy (and your pain). Let them be your catharsis as you face the close of another summer.


The school calendar has been out for months. You marked it in your planner. You knew the day was coming. Yet it still feels like the break disappeared overnight.



School can’t be reopening, right? You must have looked at the calendar wrong. It’s still June. It has to still be June.



What were you thinking all summer? You shouldn’t have gone on vacation with your family. You shouldn’t have taken all those naps. You haven’t done enough to prepare. You can never do enough to prepare.



The people who say you have “all summer” off clearly have no idea what they’re talking about.



No more sleeping in, no more late-night movies, no more guilt-free Netflix binges. In a few short days, you’ll have grading to do. For the next nine months.



Maybe school will be delayed by a week. Just one more week. You could handle anything if you had just another seven days of classroom-free existence.



Okay, going back isn’t all bad. Actually, far from it. You’ve got a summer’s worth of Pinterest browsing to unleash on your classroom and your lesson planning. It might as well be Christmas morning.



Change lives? Pass on years of wisdom? Mold the next generation? Yeah, you’ve got this covered.



It doesn’t matter how last school year ended. Everything’s going to go your way this year.



Yes, teaching is a demanding field. You knew that before you took the gig. But what other job lets you change young lives like this one?


With the end of the summer comes the opportunity to catch up on your professional development before the school year takes off. If you’re looking to renew your license or advance your salary from the convenience of your home, check out these online PD courses from Advancement Courses:

  • Summer Learning Strategies: Combatting the Summer Slide: Stop the summer slide with these fun and motivating activities. Get easy-to-implement plans and resources for summer learning, plus e-mail templates that will help you automate communication with parents and students between semesters.
  • Cultivating Student-Centered Classrooms: In student-centered instruction, the responsibility of designing and executing learning activities shifts from teachers to students. Learn to implement active learning strategies, self-paced and cooperative learning, and open-ended tasks to promote self-reliance skills, deeper understanding, greater retention, and increased motivation.
  • How to Stop Playing Catch-Up: Time Management for Teachers: Do you ever feel like there’s never enough time for work, much less your personal life? Gain practical tools to streamline or eliminate tasks, manage interruptions and distractions, and become more efficient with daily tasks such as e-mail, lesson planning, and grading.
  • Creating a Highly Engaging Lesson Plan: Learn to develop and execute highly engaging lesson plans! Understand signs of student engagement, analyze highly engaging lessons, and create specific activities to engage all learning styles through differentiation and assessment.
  • Flexible Seating: Take a closer look at the purpose of flexible seating and how to assess the needs of the classroom, with your philosophy of teaching in mind, to provide academic growth, student engagement, and ownership of learning.

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