Educators definitely don’t cool down for the summer

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To be ready for my students on the first day of school, it doesn’t happen overnight.  It takes all summer!  I’m currently reading the latest children’s books, attending classes, purchasing new materials, scouring the internet for new ideas, and developing my lesson plans for my students...and it’s still summer! I frequently get the comment, “you are so lucky to have the summer off.” I stare at them with a confused look on my face and say, “Uhm, yes?”  Little do they know,  I’m an educator all year round including the summer! I may not be tied down to a “normal” work day schedule during the summer months, but I still have a list of my professional priorities and goals that needs to be accomplished. The acronym summer helps me maintain my focus for the upcoming school year. 

Save on Supplies 

Understand the Profession 

Meet other Educators 

Make a Plan for the Coming Year 

Educate Myself (take a class just for fun!)  

Recharge the Teacher toolkit 

 

Save on Supplies 

I try to find great deals, especially on many back to school items.  On a teacher’s budget, I need to get the most “bang for my buck”. I love a good sale!  

Understand the Profession 

As a School Librarian, I need to be well read. I try to read as many books as possible so I can help students select the “just right” book for them. I even challenge staff members to read at least 2 new books during the summer. By keeping up with current trends in literature, I can be a resource to my staff as well. 

Meet other Educators 

I began registering for summer classes months ago!  Many places start advertising for classes in late winter. You need to register early because they fill up quickly in my area. Some educators begin degree programs or take classes for the upcoming school year as the required professional development. With more time available, we need to make the most of it!    

Make a Plan for the Coming Year 

Whether it is for a bulletin board or a lesson plan, great ideas are all around you. Educators need to take time and look at ideas and brainstorm how they will work l in their classrooms. I am constantly adding things to my list of good ideas. 

Educate Myself (take a class just for fun!)  

Educators never stop learning. I highly recommend learning something new. Learn to paint, cook, or snorkel.  As we grow personally, we can share that with our students. Being a lifelong learner speaks volumes for the profession.  

Recharge the Teacher toolkit 

We are professionals who love what we do. Educators work hard all year round. By spending time during the summer, we are better prepared for the upcoming school year. Our students are depending on us to be ready, they are counting on us! 

Educators definitely don’t cool down for the summer. We may be able to pee and eat on our own schedule, but we are gearing up for the upcoming school year because it takes the entire summer to be prepared for those eager minds on the first day of school! 

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About the Author

Teresa Marchant a Teacher Librarian at Lockwood School in Billings, Montana. She has been an educator for 20 years and has served as the Professional Development Committee Chair in her school district and on the board for the Montana Library Association. Additionally, Teresa has been part of team responsible for writing state and local Library Information Literacy standards. She holds a Masters in Educational Technology with an emphasis in Online Instruction from Montana State University as well as a certificate in School Library Media from the University of Washington. She loves learning and enjoys helping others which makes her an awesome school librarian. 

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