Five Things Every Educator Should Do During Summer Break

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The school year is coming to a close and I don’t know about you but I am grateful. We commit to this profession from August to May and it is easy to look up and realize we’ve done NOTHING for ourselves in months. If you are like me, I know that I need to do better job of prioritizing myself but the summer is a great time to pick up the ball.  I’m sharing five things every Educator should do during Summer Break. I plan to do numbers 1-5!

 

1. Take Care Of Your Physical Needs

We may work in one of the few professions where it is difficult to make and keep medical appointments. I am notorious for scheduling, canceling, and rescheduling because of the nature of my job. Factor in my responsibilities as a wife and a mother and my personal needs get shelved consistently especially when Madison has appointments that I have to prioritize. The summer is a great time to handle routine things such as a physical, a teeth cleaning, or even a minor procedure. Get it done friend! Taking care of your personal needs is a necessity!

 

  1. Make An Investment In Your Creative/Entrepreneurial Outlet(s)

My summer will consist of me making several investments towards The Ford Girls Blog as well as The EducateHER Collective. I think that I have suppressed my creative side unintentionally for some time. However, the demands of work life are real. I have plans to attend a few meet ups and one-day conferences this summer. I am also planning to invest in myself by meeting with a business consultant so that I can flesh out some ideas and ways to move forward during the summer while things are slow.

 

  1. Start OR Finish Up Outstanding Personal Projects

Updating the downstairs portion of my house has taken much longer than planned. I plan to use the summer to finish shopping and filling in blank wall space to my liking. Also, my husband is over the corner that I have created with stuff that I’ve purchased that needs to be mounted. Here’s to giving my home a much needed makeover this summer!

 

  1. Reconnect With Your Circle

I love getting together with my people! The majority of my circle works in the field of Education as well so a gathering will be in order. It is very important to have a community that you can rely on. It is equally important to make time to check in with your community. Reconnecting is so much more fun when there are no time constraints which the summer affords. You can hang out all night long and not feel guilty the next morning during the summer.  Seriously though. Who am I kidding? My cut off is 9pm these days!

 

  1. Rest

This is probably the most important “to-do.” Rest can take on different forms so whatever you need to do to rest, do it. Getaway, plan a staycation, send the kids to camp, send your husband to camp (just kidding), say “no” to things that may interfere with you taking a break, sit in a chair, clothes the blinds, and reflect!

 

Educating the future is HARD work but you are called to do it!

 

 

Congratulations on the completion of another school year,

 

 

 

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12 thoughts on “Five Things Every Educator Should Do During Summer Break”

  1. Ajaya Williams

    Hi. These are great tips. Being my second year down as a new professor this will be the first summer I feel I can prepare for the upcoming Fall. I came in late into my first semester in 2017 & was sick all last summer trying to catch up and also plan for a wedding. God willing not surprises this summer.

    My goal is to pace myself each week and chip away with projects. I am still working out of an office that still feels like the old owner so that’s one project. I plan on doing some teaching and learning classes as well as I will be teaching my first online course.

    Being new to Miami I also want to get to know my community more, taking in the city and catching up with people. It does also help to have a good support system in and out of the profession to help in this transition. Part of my job responsibilities also included vetting new internship opportunities in the city so I will be doing that as well.

    Staycations are also where it’s at for me and finding ways to do free stuff while enjoying the city being on a tight budget. This article was very helpful to go through that reflection. Thank you.

    1. Danielle Boyd

      Hi!

      Thanks so much for reading and for your thoughtful response! I’ve always wondered how things differ for Educators at the college/university level? I’m glad that it was helpful because it is really what I plan to do :). I just created a community for Women in K-12 education-The EducateHER Collective. However, feel free to follow on facebook and instagram @theeducateher because I feel like a lot of the information that is shared and will be shared is applicable to all women in Education. It is a work in progress with a website/blog coming this summer!

  2. I was a teacher for five years before becoming a stay-at-home mom. Having summers off as a teacher is essential for your survival! Reconnecting and finishing up personal projects are great uses of time during a teacher’s already very busy summer. When I go back to teaching I will try to keep all these helpful reminders in mind.

  3. Totally agree! I make plenty of time for my little girls and have as much fun as possible! Halfway through I’m always checking out Pinterest for new ideas for next year though!

    1. Thanks for reading! Have fun with your little ladies and I haven’t jumped on the Pinterest train but I’ve heard it’s everything!

  4. Yes so much yes. I was an educator for 7 years. And it is so important to connect with your self when ever you have the chance. Keep yourself refreshed so you can teach all the better

    1. Thanks for reading. Staying refreshed is critical. It definitely helps you put your best foot forward!

  5. I always love a self-care post! Reconnecting with circle and also investing in your creative endeavors resonated with me because I think its important that we have other outlets to recharge and learn outside our usual classroom environment. These are awesome 🙂

    1. Hi! Thanks for reading. And I couldn’t have said it better. We definitely NEED outlets outside of the classroom to keep us going.

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