Kids can’t wait for the summer holidays and the chance to escape from the classroom to do their own thing, and whilst many people think that teacher’s holidays are too long. For many teachers, the end of the school year signals the time to start all over again and begin to think about those lesson plans for September, however it is important that they take some time to relax and unwind before starting all over again.
Whilst the idea of free time can be a rather alien concept, there are no lessons plans that need your immediate attention, no books that need marking so give yourself some time to relax and enjoy just being you, rather than the teacher you are so used to being.
It can be hard to turn off from “teacher mode”, why not give a little thought to some of the lessons you would like to plan for September and make sure that you will have everything you need to be prepared. You might need to place an order for some of the educational resources you will need over the summer so that they are ready for the start of the new term.
Go on you deserve it, book yourself a pampering session and let the stresses of the school year melt away. No matter what job you do it is important to spend some quality time with the most important person in your life; you, and a pampering session is a great way of doing this.
4. Turn off Your Tech
Perhaps not your mobile phone if you really need that but consider turning off your notifications for work emails and social media sites. These are things that can make you look at your phone and interrupt your day. Give yourself some time away from the tech and then come back to it at your own pace.
As a teacher, it is just not possible to take time off during the week so find somewhere you have always wanted to visit and make that visit mid-week. Even during the school holidays there is a good chance it will be quieter than at the weekends
Think back over the last year, whilst there may have been some low points think about all the positive things you have helped your pupils achieve. These are the reasons you do your job and the things that will give you that positive boost of energy to enter the classroom with a new class in September.
7. Spend Time with Family
If you have children make time to do fun things with them, summer holidays can give you a real chance to re-bond with your children and spend some quality time with them.
Make time for your favourite sport; it can be hard during term time as there is so much to do, but the holidays are the perfect time to get out there and catch up on all the things you want to do.
9. Curl Up with a Good Book
Pick a book you have been dying to read for ages and lose yourself in the pages; as a teacher, so much of the reading that you will be linked to your lessons and curriculum so enjoy reading something you want for a change.
10.Take up a New Hobby
Always fancied learning to knit, or fancied yourself as a bit of a painter then why not use the summer holidays to learn a new hobby.
It can be hard to let go of the classroom, but taking time for yourself is an important tool that you need to use over the summer holidays so that when you return to the classroom in September you feel truly refreshed.