Get Me a Classroom... STAT!
Summer has been great. I’ve been filling up my days doing all of the things I couldn’t quite find time for during the year. I’m reading so many different books (and all at once, because I just can’t quite decide), writing books (see problem from before), working on online courses, and tutoring. This may seem like I lead a very busy summer, and while it does, I still find myself having this thing called ‘free time’. During this ‘free time’, I struggle with understanding what it is I’m supposed to do. I don’t have lessons to plan as I don’t know where I’ll be in August, nor do I have assignments to correct. In between all of my hobbies, I still feel like there is something I should be doing instead of using this ‘free time’. I am the type of person that is constantly on the go. I need to be doing 5 different things all at the same time. I want to continuously accomplish new things. That’s partially why being a teacher is so great; I am always busy finding new strategies for my students, building up my classroom and lesson planning. From the months of September to June, teachers are always doing 5 things at the same time - if not more. During practicum, I would teach all day, plan and correct, and then head over to my part-time tutoring job. Although this was tiring, I liked being up and about.
This is why I struggle with summer, as weird as that sounds. However, I do realize the importance of summer. Teachers need time to wind down, and relax not only physically, but mentally. We give 210% nine months out of the year, and we work more than the school day hours, every day. Those 2 months of summer are needed to take a break, mentally, from constantly giving 210%, to a classroom of what could be 30 students.
Today, during my free time, I will relax mind, body and soul...through cleaning.
Hey- I can relax. It just looks different than your idea of relaxing.