School’s Out!

My last day of school was yesterday and summer break has officially started. I have completed two years of being a teacher in Kuwait and I am still in awe. Looking back I remember talking to my father and we talked about how fast the two years will go by. Now here I am two years later and the summer break is here again!

Some people think that teachers get extra money for the summer, but actually, we get paid for the 9 months we work and our salary is divided into a year. People also think we have it made because we get the time off. Actually, I saw a meme that describes it perfectly, summertime isn’t a break for teachers it is recovery time. I really felt this on a deep level. While I am resting on the beach in Barbados I have to remember that I’m not just on vacation, I am in recovery.

Usually when on the last day of school I feel it deep within my bones. I’m rejoicing, I’m happy, I am ready to conquer the world. But this summer feels different. I feel like I have to work on Sunday. I feel like it’s not over or there is something I did not finish. I really can’t put my finger on what it is, but something is weird. Maybe the fact that I have a few school-related tasks I want to complete before school starts again. Maybe it’s because I want to complete some professional development hours. Whatever it is my mind is still in work mode and not “recovery mode”.

Honestly, I have a very ambitious schedule and I believe in my heart of hearts that all of my tasks will be completed. I have plenty of time – yet the time seems to slip away from me. How many times have I told this story in my head, that I have time. Having time is an illusion and I am starting to understand the importance of waking up early even though I don’t have to go to work. I’m understanding less time watching t.v. means more time to focus on my hobbies and things that matter. I am understanding that this time off should not be taken lightly if I want to get things done. Now, this doesn’t mean that I wake up every morning at the same time I go to work with a schedule full of tasks to complete. At the same time, this doesn’t mean that I wake up when the day is halfway over. I think the happy middle is sleeping in a little past my normal wake up time and completing a few tasks from my to-do list every day.

I love summer break, but it doesn’t last forever. Summertime just means that I have less urgent work-related task to complete, but that doesn’t mean I want to spend my time not being productive. I like to savor my summer and I realize that sleeping half way through the day only makes the summer go faster. I learned that having this illusion of time causes me to do nothing. I agree that it is recovery time for teachers, I also think that it is a great time to start the other things I want to do.

What would you do if you had a summer break? If you are a teacher, how do you like to spend your summer? Tell me in the comments below.

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