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 😉 ).