5 Teacher To-Dos for the Summer

You're free! You're free!  You no longer need to set alarms for before 7 am, shower, or pack a lunch every night before bed.  Instead of staying up at night thinking through the next day’s lesson plans, you can stay up binge watching your newest Netflix addition.  I get it.  The last thing you want to do now is be thinking about your classroom for the next school year.  BUT there are some small things that if you start to do NOW while you have so much free time, it will make your life the other 9 months of the year much more enjoyable and stress-free.
For teachers, the last thing you want to do in the summer after a crazy end of the year is to think about back to school.  But here are 5 simple teacher to-dos for the summer to make back to school so much easier!
1.  Evaluate your curriculum.

Especially at the beginning of the summer, this is the absolute best time to take a few hours and look through your curriculum.  What worked?  What completely bombed?  Make revisions NOW while it is super fresh in your mind.  Did that lab take twice as long as you anticipated?  Adjust your lesson plans.  Did it make sense to teach trophic pyramids before photosynthesis and cellular respiration?  Swap your units if not.  This is the time to look back and see where you can improve and make valuable changes.  If you wait until you return in August, you will be too busy adjusting class rosters, making copies of syllabi, and decorating your bulletin board to remember what did and didn’t work last school year.

2   2. Get creative.

It is really hard to come up with new ideas for your curriculum when you have a pile of papers to grade, three kids waiting to be tutored, and the school play to attend later in the evening.  Even those of us with the most sincere of intentions struggle to think of new ideas in the midst of the school year busyness.   Have you never really had a good activity for teaching the geochemical cycles?  Now is the best time to sit down for an hour or two and come up with a new one.  Or even easier – do the research on TpT or another trustworthy site to find exactly what you are looking for.

3   3. Clean out your teacher wardrobe.

For teachers, the last thing you want to do in the summer after a crazy end of the year is to think about back to school.  But here are 5 simple teacher to-dos for the summer to make back to school so much easier!

I am a clothes hoarder.  I admit it.  The first step to recovering is acceptance, right?  I have such a hard time throwing articles of clothing out (or donating them) because I hate the idea of looking in my closet in the morning and not having “options.”  But let’s be honest – most of us only wear 5% of our closets anyway.  Take the time to sort through your things.  Donate what you haven’t worn all year (someone else may be in desperate need of it and actually wear it!) and make a list of 3-4 things missing from your wardrobe that you really want.  Always wanted a pair of TOMs wedges?  Really wish you had a good pair of black skinny jeans?  Reward your purging efforts by getting those few things that are good teaching wardrobe staples.  Need ideas?  Follow my blog because I will be posting some of my teacher wardrobe staples in a few weeks!

4   4. Update your website.
For teachers, the last thing you want to do in the summer after a crazy end of the year is to think about back to school.  But here are 5 simple teacher to-dos for the summer to make back to school so much easier!

Formatting and revamping a website isn’t hard, it can just be time consuming.  And as we all know, time is of the essence during the school year.  Throw on a show in the background that doesn’t take many brain cells to keep up with (I’m looking at you Bachelorette), grab yourself a smoothie (aka something you can’t eat for lunch at school), and snuggle up on your couch with your laptop.  Take the time now to make it what you want it to be and get it ready for the next school year.  I’ve been dying to try Google classroom but haven’t been able to sit down all year and check it out.   BUT it is on my list for this summer to do since I will have the time.  I’ll be sure to post about it once I’ve figured it all out!

5   5. Take time for yourself.  
For teachers, the last thing you want to do in the summer after a crazy end of the year is to think about back to school.  But here are 5 simple teacher to-dos for the summer to make back to school so much easier!
It can be hard to shut off sometimes and truly rest.  Especially if you have kids, I know this is especially hard for you to do.  But you do need to take some time this summer to do absolutely nothing and get some much need R&R.  If you are like me, you don’t see your husband for more than a high five before bed during the month of May, so I always need a few days to get away with just him.  Whatever it looks like – whether it’s by yourself or with your husband – do take that time you need.  Don’t feel guilty either when you get snide remarks from other people about all of your “time off.”  You work 50+ hours a week during the school year for this moment.  ENJOY IT!

For teachers, the last thing you want to do in the summer after a crazy end of the year is to think about back to school.  But here are 5 simple teacher to-dos for the summer to make back to school so much easier!


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