The end of the school year is here or maybe almost here for you! There is so much hoopla, a million details and the emotions of dealing with end of the year students…it’s exciting, it’s rewarding, it’s EXHAUSTING! I get tired just thinking about the end of the year.
Both you and I know teachers really don’t have the summer OFF. It’s the time we use for doctor’s appointments, continuing education credits, to attack the to do list that has been waiting all school year for us, and the opportunity to spend time with family and friends without thinking about your next day’s lesson plan.
To help you make your summer all it can be, I have organized a five-week summer plan that will help you to avoid summer slipping away and that will allow you to reenergize for the upcoming school year. Think of my plan as your ease (EE’s) into summer.
During your first week off from school, SLEEP! Sleep in, take cat naps, rest! Let your body de-stress, relax and recuperate. Give yourself permission to be a zombie for a week!
The second week off, is your week to SWEEP! Clean your home, de-clutter, organize, nest and anything else you need to do to help your life and home feel in order.
Third week off, is the SWEET week. Contact friends you want to see. Go out to breakfast, lunch, visit a garden, walk a trail together; get together with the people in your life whose friendship is ever so sweet.
The fourth week, is the SHEEP week. Tend to those who are in your care and important to you by doing extra special things for them and spending meaningful and fun time together. This would also be a great week to give back to the community by volunteering at something that is important to you.
The fifth week is the time for you to STEEP. Immerse yourself into something you have wanted to learn about or need to learn to maintain your teaching license. This could also be working on a project you have wanted to start, finish or plan.
Accomplishing these steps in your first five weeks of summer, will make you rested, encouraged, inspired, organized, smart and blessed! The rest of your summer will be the icing on the cake! I hope you have an EE-sy summer.
What suggestions do you have for other FACS colleagues’ summers?