The following summer to-list for teachers is what you need for a satisfying summer.
Initially, the thrill of summer is exciting and much anticipated.
However, after a while, a sense of reality sets in, and strangely, you may feel a bit uneasy about deviating from a routine that you’ve done for the past ten months or so.
If you are feeling this way or just want some summer ideas to keep you a little more active, read on.
Summer To-Do List for Bored Teachers
Let’s start this summer to-do list with your core personal needs in mind.
First and foremost, take time to do activities that help you relax …
- Go swimming at a local gym.
- Head to the beach.
- Travel to a favorite destination.
- Join a new exercise class.
- Walk or bike ride in the park.
- Play light sports with your kids.
- Catch up with friends during happy hour.
- Spend time with family. OR
- Catch up on some much-needed sleep.
Do WHATEVER tickles your fancy and brings you great delight.
Just make sure to take some time FOR YOU.
Start a Blog.
Have you ever thought of starting a blog but felt like there is just too much going on during the school year to get it started?
Well, summer is a great time to get it going.
A blog is a great way to share your teaching resources and expertise with fellow educators and parents from all around the globe.
And you don’t even have to blog about teaching.
I’m sure you have other interests that a particular demographic in the world would be interested in learning about.
Plan for Next School Year.
Before you get too comfortable with summer slumber, take a few days and plan some basics for the next school year.
Search Pinterest for classroom ideas and teaching tips, and keep in mind these questions…
- Which activities will I do for the 1st week back-to-school?
- Is there a specific classroom management system that I want to implement?
- What information will I put in the back-to-school note to parents?
- Are there any teaching materials that need to be purchased?
- Do I need to familiarize myself with any new curriculum?
Get a Side Hustle.
A significant number of teachers work part-time during the summer in order to earn extra cash, and there are several good options from which to choose.
Three of the most popular teacher side hustles include tutoring, teaching English online, and instructing summer school.
Working in a retail store, bookstore, coffee shop, or local library are also good choices.
Organize Your Classroom.
After the last day of school, stay a few days more, and organize your classroom.
Place teaching materials into labeled boxes, throw away the extra fluff and paperwork, take down your bulletin boards, organize your closet space, straighten up your desk drawer, etc.
Leave your classroom tidy, and if you can, lock your important resources in a safe place because things do sometimes mysteriously disappear during the summer months.
Make a trip to your local library, and check out a few books and/or magazines to enjoy during the summer months.
If you don’t have time to go to the library, online articles, blog posts, audio books, and ebooks are a decent substitute.
If you have a library card from your local library, you can “check out” a certain number of digital books or other digital resources from Hoopla.
Participate in Professional Development Seminars or Webinars.
Continue to grow professionally by attending professional development seminars.
If no PD opportunities exist in your city, or if none interest you, consider signing up for a few professional development courses online.
Though there is a cost for most of these online courses, see if your school district offers reimbursements.
Also look into the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Education Programs.
These summer workshops, targeted to teachers in grades K-12, are located in various cities in the United States.
Each workshop focuses on a humanities theme and lasts for at least one week (some go up to 4 weeks).
You are provided a stipend to help cover the cost of travel, books, and lodging.
These workshops offer a great opportunity for school teachers to travel while growing professionally.
Take Up a New Hobby.
Learn how to play a new instrument, sew an outfit, build something, solve challenging puzzles, etc.
Trying new hobbies is a great way to discover hidden talents and interests.
Reflect on Your School Year & Note What Worked/Didn’t Work.
Take some time to reflect on your school year while all is still fresh on the brain …
- What teaching strategies worked/didn’t work?
- How can your classroom management system be improved?
- Which activities were most successful in facilitating student growth?
- Did parent communication foster positive relationships?
These are just a few questions that you may want to ask yourself as you reflect on your school year.
Buy a small notebook, jot down the answers to questions such as these, and throughout the summer, brainstorm ways you will try to improve upon these situations.
You don’t have to jot down the answers all at once. Just have the notebook handy in case an idea pops into your head.
When school is close to starting, review your notes, and apply throughout the school year the solutions that you’ve brainstormed.
Create Personal and Professional Goals.
Carve out some time to really focus on you as a person.
What are your personal and professional goals?
Do you want to become a principal, literacy coach, or educational consultant in the near future?
Maybe you would like to do more professional development presentations.
Where do you see yourself in five years, ten years?
Have you ever dreamt of teaching abroad, taking a year off to travel, writing a book, or starting a business?
Writing down your personal and professional goals is powerful.
The objective is for you to figure out what actions you need to start doing today in order to achieve those goals.
Have the heart for a worthy cause?
Devote time helping out at a local homeless shelter, the local library, a nursing home, or animal shelter.
There’s always a place that could use an extra caring, helping hand.
Create and Sell Products on Teachers Pay Teachers.
Teachers Pay Teachers serves as a creative outlet for educators who like creating and sharing their unique curriculum content.
Have resources already made that you use in your own classroom?
Simply spruce them up a bit for marketing purposes and sell those bad boys!
What a great way to earn extra income.
Attend Local Meetups.
Want to meet interesting people in your local community with interests similar to yours?
If so, join a Meetup group.
Go to the website, register (it’s FREE!), choose your interests, and then sign up for a few groups to attend.
There are a wide variety of interest groups to explore. Choices range from language learning, dancing, hiking, business, wine lovers, bloggers, mom groups, etc.
Attendance is usually free, but some groups do charge a small fee.
If none of the Meetups in your area interest you, for a small fee you can start your own.
Learn Another Language.
Stimulate your mind, and learn another language. It’s fun, engaging, and so useful.
The language you decide to study will depend on your preferences, job prospects, and geographic location.
Make Yourself More Marketable.
If you’re already fully certified as a teacher, consider signing up to take some additional certification-by-exam educator tests.
Some states allow certified teachers to take additional certification exams without district approval.
The key is to choose a subject area that’s in-demand.
Are you good at higher-level math or science?
Do you have a high academic level of the Spanish language or a desire to work with special-needs children?
If so, consider getting certified in high school math, science, bilingual education, ESL, or special education.
The easiest thing to do on this summer to-do list for teachers?
Just stay home, watch TV, sleep, lounge, eat, talk on the phone, do WHATEVER you want.
If you’re okay with not having to be busy all the time, this is a great option.
Have no shame.
Wrapping Up This Summer To-Do List for Teachers
Never be bored again during the summer break.
Keep this summer-to-do-list for educators handy for fresh ideas.