I give my last final of the semester tomorrow, which means I’m thinking forward to warmer, less structured days.
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 the summers off obviously never has been a teacher.
My summer workload so far consists of grading final exams and projects, creating a dozen syllabuses for an international program proposal, teaching an online class, teaching two classes in Singapore, prepping three classes for next semester, revising the publications manual for the student media staff I advise, and daily work on my dissertation.
I decided to look forward to this summer in the same proactive way. Here are 5 Things I’ll Need to Survive the Summer:
Summer finds me smack in the middle of my 100 Book Reading Challenge. I plan to spend a lot of time on my favorite hobby.
My iPhone is an appendage. I spend time on social media, reading books and blogs or just managing my life on it. I won’t be without it anywhere, even though it’s summer.
3. Flip flops
I spend pretty much the entire summer in my black flip-flops. They are the most comfortable shoes I own. I wish I could wear them everywhere, all the time, but I’m pretty sure teaching in flip-flops is frowned upon. Perhaps it would be better if I dressed them up with a suit? As it is, I’ll just wear them with gym shorts or cutoffs.
I mentioned all of the book reading, which will require my favorite highlighters. They also are a necessity for dissertation reading, writing and revision. I burn through highlighters all year round.
5. Zen patio
I love our patio. I sit there in the mornings with a cup of coffee and a book and in the evenings with a glass of wine and friends. Unless it’s the heat of the Oklahoma day, you usually can find me on the patio in the summers. Maybe it’s just the country girl in me, but I love the peaceful outdoors.
This is the short list of things I’ll need to survive the summer. I probably should have put a good air conditioner on the list, given how hot the last few summers have been in Oklahoma. I guess I just figured that was a given.