Okay, the tough school year is over and you get to take a breather. You might be wondering what to do to keep your teaching skills sharp. Well, taking a breather is the first thing you should do. Take it easy. Relax. Teachers need time to de-stress. Take an easy vacation if you can. If you stay home, open up a good book. Just wind down your stress level.
But teachers are teachers through and through. We can't really stop thinking about teaching. So, here are some things to do during the summer.
Teach something. Sunday School, community classes, tutor, even volunteer your time in a learning environment like a library or museum. This will allow you to hone and maintain your teaching skills.
If you are lucky enough to be in a school that offers summer school, apply for it.
Go to an educational or teacher conference. Learn some new tricks, work on old ones.
Write down some thoughts on the last school year. What went good? What went bad? Did you not get to do something you wanted? What are some of your student successes and failures? Then come up with a plan to improve or change. No teacher is ever perfect. We can all learn new things.
Do some research and write down and least 5 fun, interactive, engaging, and enrichment activities you can do with your students next year. Keep the list handy and check it as the next school year progresses.
On a related note, if you do not keep a teaching journal now, start one next year. A daily log of good and bad things will allow you to reflect on your teaching.
At the end of each school year, you should ask the students to write down what they thought of the school year. Let them critique you. Teachers can learn a lot from their students.
Get excited about the next school year! Wanting to get back in the classroom will make you appreciate the experience and the joy of teaching. If you are not excited about going back, you really need to rethink your classroom, teaching jobs, and even your career.
Above all, plan on next school year being the best ever! And if you try your hardest, at the end of the year, you will be able to look back and be satisfied that you did you best and gave your students your all!