My summer “off”

Every teacher and professor I know gets so annoyed with people who comment about how nice it is to have our summers off.  Yes, we aren’t obligated to trek into work every day at a certain time and stay until a certain time.  But there’s still work to be done.  I do love the different pacing and choices over how I spend my time, but even the 9-5 jobs I’ve had have had periods of time where I’ve had that flexibility.

I do need some major down time.  Mr. Geeky, having been off for three weeks already, has taken quite a bit of down time.  He worked maybe 1/2 days for a couple of weeks.  He’s been gearing up the last week or so, working on a paper and some other things.  Me, I’m having a hard time thinking about working again when I just raced to the finish, through this past Friday.  I have a couple of meetings today, and my goal is to get everything done that has to be done at school: curriculum mapping (only accessible at school) and cleaning up my room for the summer.  I have a week until I go on vacation and I do plan to get some work done before that, but I’m shutting down over vacation.  I’m going to take my iPad for reading, but no computer.  I’m not thinking about work.  Even if Mr. Geeky tries to make me (I swear the man never shuts down).

Once I get back from vacation, I have talks to prepare, and classes to prepare and reading to do.  I’m hoping it will all get done.  But I’m also excited about what I have planned for next year.  I’m really looking forward to it going well.  One thing I really need to think about is recruiting more students to CS.  I really think this is a girl thing, and I really think I need to figure it out.  My numbers are definitely looking better this year, but it’s incremental.  I’d love to double or triple what I have right now.  One thing I’m going to focus on is middle school.  I’ve done a lot with that age group, but I need to do more.  In fact, mapping out what I’m doing with Middle School is top of my list today.  I’m open to ideas.  Please feel free to leave a comment!

So, summer will be different, but definitely not “off” (at least not in the vacation sense, but maybe in the odd sense 😉 ).

4 Replies to “My summer “off””

  1. Right there with you–limping to the finish line this week, shutting down completely while on vacation next week, then jumping right back when I get back, helping to facilitate a week-long workshop at school and then getting started on my ever-growing to-do list.

    My girls just finished fifth grade and I asked them–Lucy says it would be the most fun to build robots, and Sophie says she really enjoyed building websites in her computer class this year. 🙂

  2. More from Lucy: she thinks working in groups is really fun for computer projects. Sophie says she really loves making websites but doesn’t always know what they should be about, so she would like recommendations and looking at other websites to get ideas.

  3. Jackie,

    Thanks so much for the feedback. All of my class projects are group projects so it’s good to hear those are popular. I get web sites about cupcakes, dogs, soccer, movies, all kinds of things! I’ve used Google Sites, Weebly, and Mozilla Thimble to make them if Sophie needs a summer project. 🙂

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