Why I Don’t Teach Kids in the Summer
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!!