This post is in response to a bookcampPD challenge, asking teachers to think about what they dream about for the summer. Here was my submission. I can’t wait to see what my online colleagues have to say as well!
…and you…? I’d love to know what you dream of doing this summer. Leave a comment and let me know!
This summer, I dream of doing more. More “less.”
Let me explain.
Throughout the school year, I pack all of the “more” I can into my days. Between planning, grading, kid logistics, managing a household and trying to maintain some semblance of self-care, I find myself crammed in with little room to breathe.
I used to feel obligated to be productive with my summers, so that when people asked me what my plans were, I would have an answer that sounded important and busy: graduate work, professional development, curriculum planning.
Don’t get me wrong, I still continue much of that over the summer. I don’t think it’s ever possible to completely shut off my teacher brain. But I’m also realizing that I don’t have to feel guilty for having times where I am unproductive. Simply put, I need to come up for air. And summer is the time to do it.
And if that means I do less? So be it. I’m owning it.
This summer, I dream of doing less of my “more,” and more of my “less.”
More hiking and walking.
More working out.
More catching up with friends.
And when I come back to school in the fall, there will once again be more of me to go around.