The 2016-17 academic year is officially in the books, closing my 14th year of teaching.
Summers are the best thing about being an educator. Notice I didn’t write “summers off are the best thing about being an educator?” Whoever thinks teachers get summers off obviously hasn’t been a teacher.
My summer workload consists of completing the online publication manual, prepping classes for next semester, international teaching, and research. But I admit those things will happen mostly on my schedule, which also will be filled with sun, swimming, barbecues, and hanging out with my children.
In this blog’s annual tradition, here are 5 Things I’ll Need to Survive the Summer:
My iPhone is an appendage. I spend time on social media, reading books and blogs, or just managing my life on it. With everyone involved in so many summer activities, I won’t be without my phone anywhere. My calendar is a must access.
There are lot of renovations ongoing around our house, which means I’ve been using Pinterest much more than normal. As long as the renovations continue, I imagine that I’ll be decorating rooms online.
No shocker there, right? I love to read. It’s my favorite hobby. My daughter’s basketball schedule also means we’ll spend tons of time in the car this summer, so audiobooks will be necessary.
Water to drink and pools to lounge in will be critical this summer. We didn’t have much of a winter in Oklahoma, which means it’s already pretty hot here and is only going to get hotter. I see a lot of time on a raft in my future.
5. My notebook
I use iCal for everything scheduled and a spiral-bound journal for my to do lists and notes. We have a busy summer planned, so I’m sure I’ll be making lots of lists and marking things off.
This is the short list of things I’ll need to survive the summer. I probably should have put a new computer, since mine seems to be bogging down by the day. Perhaps that will be a fun fall purchase.
What will you need to survive the summer?