5 Minutes on… Teachers and Summers Off

We all have five minutes to write each day. You can say a lot about a topic in just 5 minutes. So, I’m going to try to do just that.

Here’s 5 Minutes on… Teachers and Summers Off

I’ve heard everyone say that teachers have it really easy because they have “summers off.” I’m not sure that teachers’ summer vacation counts as having the summer off though. For kids, summer vacation can really be considered a vacation, involving a lot of free time where they can run around playing roleplaying games like Dungeons and Dragons (or other similar ones that can be found on this related site) with their buddies, go for picnics, and above all, have a gala time. However, for many teachers, it means taking on a second job to pay the bills, digging into curriculum writing, teaching extended school year for struggling students, or committing to learning new technology to use with students in September.

(Part of) June, July, and (Part of) August also provide a time to gain some well-deserved rest and relaxation time. Teachers work incredibly hard during the year. Every teacher that I know brings home a ton of work on evenings and weekends. They pour themselves into their roles every day, often operating on empty. Teachers don’t get vacation days during the year, but always struggle to plan their three personal days without feeling guilty about it.

It is also the period when they get the chance to catch up on any of the personal goals and responsibilities that had to take a back seat during the school season. For some, it may involve getting the house in order, or they finally have the time to fix the car which was crying out for maintenance for so long. Yet there are others who may have been planning to move into a new home. Buying furniture, making sure they have the best home insurance policy for their needs (check out somewhere like one sure insurance for more information), as well as making sure they have the funds to actually afford such a luxury are just some of the things that we may be focusing on when we are summer vacation.

And if it is not a house, moving into a new rented apartment could also be on the cards for some teachers too. Not all of us own a home and though we would love nothing else in the world, many have to contend with small apartments on lease.

And while they shouldn’t have to face any major problems in moving from one rented space to another, they would however still have to go through the entire process of house hunting, getting all the necessary paperwork done (better explained here at; and move everything from one place to another. And all this in time before the summer break comes to an end!

So, no, I wouldn’t say teaching includes “summers off.” It does include a time of year that is less busy than the rest of the year. And it does provide time for recuperation. It also provides time to reboot and replenish. Here’s to less busy summers.


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