Teach kids in the summer? Are you crazy-people? I have friends and colleagues who teach at camps, conduct their own art camps, work at art centers, etc during the summer for a little extra money. More power to them. However, you won’t be finding me doing the same, and here is why…
1. Burnout– Oh my goodness. I am so burnt of out kids and reminding them of directions and trying to manage effectively by the end of the school year that I totally need a break from the sheer management of the whole deal. As I have mentioned before, I have to work VERY hard at classroom management, I don’t feel it is my strong point. Working so hard at something can get exhausting and I am ready for a break from it all.
2. Talking– Do you get tired of hearing the sound of my own voice by the end of the year? Talking, talking, talking that is all we do as teachers. I am ready to just not talk. Or stand. My feet hurt!
3. Brain Game– Teachers are afforded the opportunity to have summer to use their mind in new ways. I enjoy learning over the summer, planning, interacting with adults through teaching online classes, and doing things that are intellectually stimulating. I get some of my best ideas for the upcoming school year during the summer. It actually becomes fun to plan and think of revamping your classroom in new ways, not a chore. Embrace it!
4. Refresh- The summer I nannied full-time I did not feel refreshed to go back to work in the fall. I didn’t take any time for professional things and I felt like I had “kid over-load.” I want to enter the year feeling refreshed and ready to go, I want to be well-rounded and I want to take time to do other things I love that make ‘me’ who I am.
5. No Guilt- Many people ask me why I am not doing a camp, or working with kids, or why I don’t teach art lessons over the summer. Frankly, I feel I am pretty balanced in my passions within the art education world. I love professional development, I love teaching, I love learning and reading, I love helping other teachers with their own learning– I really don’t feel bad for not working with kids over the summer. I am doing professional things that help me PREPARE for kiddos, but I am just not spending time WITH the kiddos. Bless them. Really.
Moral of the Story: A break from the daily grind will make you a better teacher!!