I’ve been seeing this article shared widely recently, as I also engage on Twitter with many of the educators included in it.
Like these teachers, I’m not taking two full months of vacation.
- I’m the coordinator for our Board’s summer learning programs, and I’ve been doing a lot of camp work since school ended.
- As I shared in a recent blog post, I also plan on reading and reflecting on the new Language Curriculum Document, and hope to join in on the Twitter conversation that’s already started.
- I always read some professional books over the summer to further improve my practice, and I plan on selecting some to read this summer. If you have any suggestions, please share them. I want to read more about the Science of Reading, but also, about writing instruction.
All of this being said, I’ve been contemplating the common complaint that teachers “get two months off.” While I think it’s wonderful that we share our learning, classroom preparation, and professional experiences over those two months, what if we did take the two months off? In education, we talk a lot about mental health and well-being. Sometimes taking a step away from the classroom, and truly taking the opportunity to recharge, to spend time with family and friends, and to find some quiet time alone, are all great things. Maybe this is what some, many, or even all of us need in order to bring our best selves back to the classroom in September!
While I will likely tweet or share on Instagram about my professional learning, you’ll also see me post about my many non-educational reads this summer. I think this has value as well. An educational leader who I truly admire, told me many years ago, the importance of learning how to both “work hard” and “vacation hard.” Breaks are not bad things. They often give us the patience, the reflection time, and the stamina to do better when school starts again. Please educators, administrators, and educational leaders, share all of your amazing learning in the next couple of months, but also, share your time to unwind. You deserve it. We all do. Teachers may get “two months off,” and maybe that is a perk of the position, but I don’t know one educator who stays in education for that reason alone. Do you?