Are you the kind of teacher who can’t wait to get back into the classroom to set it up for the new school year? Do you get a natural “high” on eraser dust or bust a few dance moves when you see a highly shined classroom floor? If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions then you are a prime candidate for T.E.A.C.H. (Train Educational Addicts how to Choose a Hiatus)!
Summer break is a great time to step away from the classroom and … well, have some FUN! Fun can come in any form or fashion. It doesn’t have to be costly or energy consuming. For instance, if you should decide to take a Salsa class or train to be a bull rider while on vacation, it may be as simple as buying an app (Dance Salsa) or a Wii game (Out of the Chute).
Or you could take a step back into time and get in touch with your inner child again. Plan a picnic in the park where you can play on the swings and go do the slide without any inhibitions. Can’t you just hear yourself chanting, “It’s my time to play, I’m not thinking about teaching today, no way!” I remember a friend of mine shared a story with me of how as a child she use to lip sync to Diana Ross albums. There’s nothing stopping you or her from grabbing a microphone and going to a local club and becoming an overnight karaoke sensation.
I know that sometimes it is difficult after nine months of hard labor to readily release the responsibility for the little angels who simply adore you. But everything must change, absolutely nothing stays the same. The next time you see your favorite students, they may have had a growth spurt and grown five inches taller or gotten a tattoo in an undisclosed location. Relax, reflect, and release last year’s burdens and prepare to make new memories in the upcoming school year. You’ve done a good job so it’s okay to take a break. You’ve definitely earned one.
If you absolutely must have a “kid” fix and you don’t want to rent one from your neighbor, volunteer for storytime at your local library. Better yet, write a book yourself and share it with a local writer’s group! There are endless possibilities out there for you, if only you would take a step outside the box (your classroom) and pursue some unadulterated FUN!
My name is Coach Marcia, and I approve of this hilarious message. Just in case you didn’t get it, the moral of this story is enjoy your summer. Time isn’t something that you can readily bring back. NOW is the time for you to make happy memories that will keep a smile on your face when you return to the classroom. In the spirit of the NIKE slogan, “Just Do It!”
Hello Everyone, I hope you enjoyed this week’s post. I’ve got another tip for you. My friend, Best Selling Author and Editor Sharon Jenkins is offering a Publish Your Book in 60 Days Training specifically for teachers. If you’re interested in writing a book this summer, check out her website at www.teacherwrite60.com.
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