School may be out for summer, but it’s not necessarily vacation time for educators. Sure, who wouldn’t want three months to relax and catch a break? Unfortunately for many, that isn’t the case. The Gates Foundation finds that about a third of teachers across the U.S. will participate in training or professional development over the summer.
If teachers are not training, many others are working a second job. Most teachers are contracted and paid for the months that school is in session, so the summer means unemployment. U.S. News says that the average teacher’s earnings, including any money made during the summer, is still lower than other professionals.
Since educators are wrapping up classes and heading into summer, we have some ideas to help beat the summertime blues.
- Eat Healthier: Don’t get sucked into comfort foods. Eat more fruits and veggies.
- Exercise: Go for a walk. Do yoga. Take a class. Even if it is small, it will release endorphins and help clear your mind, ready for focus.
- Do something for yourself every day: Enjoy playing an instrument? Or writing a blog? Either way, take a small time-out and do the thing that you love.
- Connect with others: Join conversations on social media that spark your interest, find a book club and spend time with family and friends.
As a teacher, you have more than enough on your plate. It’s time to get excited about the next three months and focus on the bigger outcome.