Taking a Well-Deserved Break: Why Educators Need a Real Summer Break

Are educators looking forward to the summer?


7/15/20232 min read

white and green striped parasol during daytime photo
white and green striped parasol during daytime photo

Ah, summer is finally here! The sun is shining, the days are longer, and the sweet scent of freedom is in the air. It's that time of the year when students bid farewell to their textbooks and teachers bid farewell to their classrooms. But have you ever wondered if educators truly get a break during the summer?

While some people might assume that teachers spend their entire summer vacation lounging by the pool or jetting off to exotic destinations, the reality is often quite different. Many educators use their summer break to plan for the upcoming school year, attend professional development workshops, or even teach summer school.

As an educator myself, I know several colleagues who dedicate their summer months to preparing for the next academic year. They spend hours poring over curriculum materials, brainstorming new lesson ideas, and attending conferences and trainings. It's a time for reflection, growth, and rejuvenation.

Teaching is a demanding profession that requires immense dedication and energy. Educators pour their hearts and souls into their work, often going above and beyond to ensure their students' success. But this level of commitment can also take a toll on their well-being. That's why a real summer break is so important.

During the school year, teachers are constantly juggling lesson planning, grading papers, attending meetings, and supporting their students. It's a never-ending cycle that can leave them feeling exhausted and burnt out. The summer break provides a much-needed opportunity for educators to recharge their batteries and take care of themselves.

Whether it's spending quality time with family and friends, pursuing hobbies and interests, or simply enjoying some much-needed relaxation, a real summer break allows teachers to step away from the demands of the classroom and focus on their own well-being. It's a chance to reconnect with their passions, recharge their creativity, and return to school feeling refreshed and inspired.

But let's not forget about those teachers who choose to teach summer school. While it may seem counterintuitive to some, teaching summer school can actually be a rewarding experience. It gives educators the opportunity to work with a smaller group of students and provide targeted instruction to those who may need extra support. Plus, it can be a great way to earn some extra income.

Ultimately, whether educators choose to spend their summer break planning for the next school year or teaching summer school, what matters most is that they have the chance to take a break from the daily grind of teaching. They deserve the time and space to recharge, relax, and rejuvenate so that they can continue to make a positive impact on the lives of their students.

So, as summer rolls around, let's remember to give our hardworking educators the break they truly deserve. Whether they choose to spend it planning, teaching, or simply enjoying some well-deserved downtime, let's support them in taking a real summer break.