“Do you really get summers off?”

That’s the question that a former student asked me this evening, “Do you really get summers off?”  He didn’t have time to hear a real answer, and I didn’t have a well-thought out answer at the time, but, after some time to think, here’s the real answer.  Teaching is more than a job; it’s a way of life and a way of seeing the world.  Just as photographers don’t get time off because they always see the world around them in pictures, and writers don’t get time off because they always see life as potential for a writing project, teachers don’t get time off either.  Good teachers see life through the lens of the classroom.  Even when summer comes and teachers aren’t reporting to the classroom each day, they take the classroom mindset into the world.  Sometimes this comes in the form of reading a book and realizing how it can be used in a language arts class or riding a roller coaster and considering how the experience can help explain the laws of physics in a science class.  The pace of activity changes, and the hours change, but the reflection that is a hallmark of a great teacher doesn’t stop even when summer break arrives.  


About tkslibrarian

Middle school science teacher--hoping to inspire wonder
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2 Responses to “Do you really get summers off?”

  1. David – enjoy reading your blog & especially like your last post. We definitely don’t have summers off (especially if you count all the overtime out-of-contract hours that we do on evenings & weekends throughout the year)! I’m nominating your blog for a Liebster Award and you can find more info here http://engageinspirelead.blogspot.com/ 🙂

    • tkslibrarian says:

      Thanks, Jennifer, for all of your kind words. I’m on the 10 summer blogs challenge (#10summerblogs), so hopefully, you’ll see 10 posts this summer. **fingers crossed**

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