by Kelly Campman, FOR Club Director
Reflect; Then, Let it Go: Before you fully let yourself go to the summer days, take the time to think through the highs and the lows from the school year. Was there something you tried that you’d like to change? What went well? What didn’t go so well? Write down your thoughts and/make a list of ideas for the next school year. Then, put it aside until August.
Travel and Explore – What’s on Your Bucket List?: Take advantage of your time off to go on a vacation or explore new places. Whether it’s a road trip, a beach getaway, a hiking adventure, or an international excursion, traveling can be a great way to relax, rejuvenate, and gain new experiences.
Engage in Hobbies and Interests – : Summer is the perfect time for you to indulge in new hobbies and interests. Whether it’s painting, playing a musical instrument, gardening, cooking, photography, or any other passion, dedicating time to these activities can provide a sense of fulfillment and joy.
Read for Pleasure – Just For You: Catch up on your reading list and dive into books purely for enjoyment. Whether it’s fiction, non-fiction, or even educational literature related to your subject area, reading can be a wonderful way to unwind and expand knowledge.
Try New Activities – Be Creative: Summer is a great opportunity to try out new activities or hobbies. Sign up for cooking classes, learn a new language, join a sports league, take up a dance or fitness class, or participate in outdoor recreational activities like pickleball, kayaking, paddleboarding, or cycling.
Spend Time with Loved Ones – Make Memories: Summer is a precious time for teachers to connect with family and friends. Organize barbecues, picnics, game nights, or movie marathons. Engaging in quality time with loved ones can be a source of joy, relaxation, and rejuvenation.
Start the Countdown: Stop at the Dollar Store or the Target Dollar Spot…that will start inspiring you for the new year. Get out that reflection list you made back in June, plan your room arrangement and decor, meet with your team, then start on new and fresh lesson plans. Lastly, go take a spa day and/or your last long, luxurious nap.
The goal is to engage in activities that bring happiness, relaxation, and a sense of fulfillment during the summer break, which will lead to motivation, connection, and engagement for your new group of precious students.