A Teacher in the Summer

What does a teacher do in the summer? It’s a good question and one that I’ve actually been asked to address on this blog. So here goes,

Teachers don’t make a lot of money when they first start out. In fact, I still have a hard time making ends meet. But since I have been in this career for five years now, I decided that it was time to actually have a summer vacation. As such, this is my first summer off since I started this career.

What did I do all the other summers? you ask. Well, I got another job. I worked in a variety of under-appreciated and under-paid positions. In that aspect, it reminded me of my real job anyway.

So what have I done so far on this my first summer off? Not much it seems.

I think it took me a month just to wind down and make the transition from working to not working. I actually haven’t had a real vacation in too many years. So I just enjoyed the time off.

I’ve done a lot of reading. I’ve been going for runs almost every day. I’ve spent time with my family. And I’ve been researching the publishing business. It has been my goal since I started this blog to be published in five years. So far, I’ve only concentrated on writing. It’s time for the next step.

I have also begun thinking about the new school year. I’ve been given a split class next year and I’ll be at a new school. It’s going to be a challenge, as I have never taught a split grade before. Plus there is a huge adjustment having to move schools.

So it seems that I am always a teacher. I’m already thinking about the new school year. I’ve started collecting resources and thinking about how I will launch the new year. I am even going to visit the school next week.

I think teaching is like writing, whenever you aren’t physically doing it you are still thinking about it. I am always cooking story ideas in my head even when I’m not writing. And it seems like I do the same things with lesson plans, strategies, and everything else that goes into a classroom. It’s a big job. It’s no wonder that I am never truly far from it.

5 Comments on A Teacher in the Summer

  1. Let me know how the visit to the new school goes, Chase.


  2. Hi Chase,

    So, just about the time you unwind from the last school year, you’re mentally planning for the next one.

    I imagine you’re a great teacher. I haven’t heard of too many others who take their job home with them for the whole summer. I hope you find time to relax and get to partake in something else you enjoy doing.

  3. I’ve been having a good summer so far. I really can’t complain.

    Perhaps next summer I will be able to go on a nice vacation. This year I am just staying close to home and enjoying my time.

  4. Hi Chase. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend a summer. Reading, writing, jogging almost every day… and spending time with your family. Sounds like a pretty rich life to me!

  5. You are absolutely right Davina! I’m enjoying every minute of it.

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