A Summer Schedule for the Not So Productive Teacher

Summertime is a sacred time for teachers. This is a time for us to escape our classrooms and all school related responsibilities. We relish in the simple comforts of summer, such as sleeping in, using the bathroom whenever we like, and taking our time to eat our lunch. We spend time with friends and family, take trips, binge watch our favorite shows, get things done around the house, and spend some days doing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!

BUT,  if you are anything like me, then you know that even in summer, it is impossible to completely escape the ever looming approach of the next school year. Usually after a couple of weeks, I start to get this nagging feeling that I should be doing something, ANYTHING to prepare for the next school year. I constantly battle between wanting to enjoy my summer and knowing that I should be doing something productive!!

If you struggle with this same battle, then I have some good news for you! I have come up with the perfect schedule for enjoying summer, while also staying productive...

One of my favorite things about summer is that I finally have the time to catch up on all of my favorite shows. Some of the best summer days are those when I stay in pajamas all day, order takeout and binge watch an entire season of a show. So this summer, I plan to use some of that binge watching time to prep for the next school year. Cutting out task cards is the perfect, mindless task to complete while watching television. Other things you can do while watching TV include cutting laminated items, folding flip books, and sorting back to school papers. So, if you find yourself spending countless hours sitting in front of the television, grab some scissors and get to work!!

During the school year I never have the time to read, especially when it comes to reading all of those amazing professional development books that I see teachers sharing all over Instagram. What better time to catch up on reading for professional development than during the summer. To make it even better, take your PD poolside!! This summer, I am catching up on books on guided math and non-fiction reading. I am also waiting for my copy of Disrupting Thinking to arrive. So grab a towel, some sunscreen, and maybe even a fruity drink, and head to the pool for the most relaxing PD you will find anywhere.

It's so important to go into the school year with a good, solid plan for the year. Longterm planning is essential for a smooth school year. I always dread this task of mapping out my next school year, but know that it's something that must get done. This summer I have decided to pair this task with lunch! If my colleagues and I need to spend the time planning, we might as well enjoy a yummy sandwich, an iced tea, and some off-task conversation to go along with it. So schedule those lunch dates, and don't forget your calendar. Planning is always so much better with lunch!

Every summer I prep my sample interactive notebooks for the upcoming year.  I love coloring and find it to be very calming, and somewhat therapeutic. But at the same time, it does take forever to get them all done. I have decided that this summer I will pair this task with one of my favorite times of day. Before my kids wake up in the morning, I love to enjoy a quiet cup of coffee before the craziness of our day begins. What better way to enjoy my quiet coffee time, than with some calm coloring. Think about the different teacher samples you want to provide for your students next year, and grab a cup of coffee and lose yourself in some therapeutic coloring.

Summertime is the perfect time for teachers to relax, unwind, and rejuvenate for the next school year. But, that doesn't mean that it can't be a time for productivity too!! Teacher friends, I hope you are able to find some balance this summer between peace and productivity. Happy Summer!!