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10 Things Every Teacher Should Do This Summer

July 6, 2016

It’s July 6. The fireworks are (mostly) over and it’s time to take on the remaining summer. In a time when we hear of teacher shortages and more educators leaving the profession because of stress, burn-out, unrealistic expectations, or a loss of the passion for teaching, what do we do to rekindle our energy and prepare for coming school year? TAKE TIME FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. Master teachers give so much of themselves to their students, their colleagues, and their school communities. During the next few weeks its time to give to yourself, your family, and your friends.

Checklist for Summer – Personal

  1. Make appointments for yearly exams—medical, dental, vision
  2. Organize personal living space: closets, garage, basement, kitchen, storage areas
  3. Set dates to reconnect with family and friends
  4. Make a plan for exercise—consider golfing with buddy, walking with a friend, taking yoga classes on your own, or working with a personal trainer
  5. Make a plan for nutrition—visit a local farmer’s market, take a cooking class, or just try some new recipes
  6. Check out local resources in the community—library, museums, organizations, new restaurants and shops, athletic facilities, nature centers, parks
  7. Treat yourself to a manicure, pedicure,  and/or massage
  8. Lunch at a new restaurant or take an evening cruise with friends
  9. Join a book club—check out the library or local bookstores for clubs in your area
  10. Plan a vacation—whether it is two days or two weeks, plan time to get away

From Surviving to Thriving: Mastering the Art of  the Elementary Classroom

I’m on my way to the gym! Enjoy the summer and rekindle your spirit.

Linda

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