10 Ways Teachers Spend Summer Break After Teaching Online
Ah, summer. After two and a half months of unexpectedly becoming an online-teacher-slash-tech-genius, the sun and the break have never been more welcome. Travel may be limited, and no one knows what next school year’s going to look like, but we have a pretty good feeling this is how you’ll be spending your summer break.
You’re not looking at a computer…
…except for therapeutic purposes.
If you never see another student tablet again, it’ll be too soon.
You’re hanging out with pets.
Pets. They don’t require screens, social distancing, or you to answer a thousand questions. The perfect summer companion.
You’re not worrying so much about appearance anymore.
I mean, with distance learning, you weren’t worrying much before either, but now, your principal truly has no say.
You get to go outside whenever you want.
And you thought you looked forward to recess as a kid.
You’re focusing on the bare necessities…
The government designated grocery stores as essential, so that means chips, cookies, cake, and candy are essential. Who are you to argue with the state?
…and a few medicinal items as well.
Time heals all wounds. Alcohol doesn’t hurt either.
You’re getting some exercise…
The teacherly life requires long hours, and let’s face it, it’s hard to squeeze in a Jane Fonda tape when you need to unwind.
…and trying new recipes.
If you use more than one ingredient, it counts as a recipe, right?
But it won’t be long before you’re ready to get back to the thing you love the most.
Summer is great and necessary for every teacher’s sanity. But it won’t be long before you miss knocking a lesson out of the park and seeing the light in students’ eyes when they “get it” for the first time. Treat yo’ self this summer so you’ll be refreshed for the fall; we need you!
Professional Development to Fill Your Summer Months
Looking to knock out some professional development before the school year starts back up? Advancement Courses offers more than 280 online, self-paced professional development courses covering both foundational topics and emerging trends in K–12 education. All courses are offered for both graduate and continuing education credit for your salary advancement or recertification needs. Here are a few of our favorites:
- Summer Learning Strategies: Combatting the Summer Slide: Stop the summer slide with these fun and motivating activities. This course will give you 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.
- Self-Care Strategies for Teachers: Create long-term self-care strategies so you can build a more grounded, inspired, and sustainable career in education and better manage stressful situations.
- Staying Present: Mindfulness for Better Teaching and Learning: When teachers and students are centered and able to manage their emotions, they are more successful in and out of school. This course provides tools to create a culture where every member of your class is mindful and able to stay present even in stressful situations.
- Stress Reduction for Better Teaching: Develop tools to better manage the stress of teaching and improve your ability to fully enjoy the greatest job on earth while being completely present for your students.
- Beyond Survival Mode: Maintaining Your Passion Throughout Your Teaching Career: Many teachers start their career full of inspiration, but the path to becoming a master teacher is filled with challenges and roadblocks. How do successful teachers keep that fire burning within them? Learn how to move beyond survival mode and keep a passion for teaching throughout your career.