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Summer break for secondary teachers is a time to relax and recharge. But the reality is that you will be working during this time, whether they are getting paid or not. Let’s talk about how to do some summer planning that maximizes your time off. And still leaves you feeling like you are ready to go back to school when it starts.
Today we’re going to be focusing on the second “S” of the “4S” System: Schedule.
Benefits of Creating a Summer Schedule
Creating a summer schedule has many benefits, one of which is that you know when you will work and what you will be working on.
This helps establish boundaries and ensures that you will be able to stick to your plans. It also allows you to relax and enjoy your time off, knowing that you have time scheduled to work.
By prioritizing your goals and scheduling your work and downtime, you can make the most of your summer break while still feeling prepared when school starts.
Prioritize Your Goals
The first step in creating a summer schedule is to prioritize your goals. Figure out what is essential to get done during the summer rather than waiting until school starts.
Think about projects that don’t depend on your students and their individual needs. Such as revamping your systems and routines or developing your scope and sequence.
If you must do some curriculum planning, focus ONLY on a unit or two.
Schedule Your Work and Downtime
The next step is to schedule in your work and downtime. First, schedule all of your family reunions, vacations, and summer camps or classes that your kids are involved in.
Make sure that goes in first because those are your non-negotiables.
Once you’ve scheduled your downtime, schedule your work time. Calendar it out so that you know when you will work and what you will be working on. Google Calendar with its notifications has worked well for me.
By having a schedule, you will be able to stick to your plans and boundaries, which will allow you to actually enjoy your time off.
Summer break is a time for secondary teachers to relax and recharge. But we often find ourselves wanting to plan for the next school year. By creating a realistic summer schedule, you can prioritize your goals, schedule your work and downtime, and maximize your time off while still feeling prepared for the school year.
Remember to take some time for yourself and enjoy your summer break, knowing that you have a plan in place for when it’s time to return to school.
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