That’s right I said it. I get the summer off. I’m sick of defending it and I’m here to say: “I get the summer off and I flippin’ love it.” After 9 and half months of showing up to work early to help students, late night grading, later night planning, dealing with 8th and 9th graders at the end of the day every day, waiting for rides to show up after that away game where the bus got back to school at 11pm — *deep breath* — I GET THE SUMMER OFF! Unless you’re a fellow teacher like I, you will be going to work today, or tomorrow, or Monday. I will not because I get the summer off! Got a problem with that? Don’t care – I’ll be hitting the pool in the morning and having ice cold cocktails at night on the sidewalk patios of Ann Arbor. Why? How? Because I get the summer off.
Ahhh… I feel so much better.
It may not be 3 months like some in the “teacher-bashing nation” likes to believe – in fact, for me it is exactly 2 months because soccer practices start August 14. However, I get 8 weeks in summer off. And I may have two weeks, minimum, of course development to get in, but I get the summer off. I’m so excited because I get 6 weeks in summer off!
Ok, you get the picture – summer off isn’t exactly what it sounds like – I’ll be working a lot. We’ll have basketball starting immediately until the 4th of July and then soccer gets going mid-August. Plus, on top of those 2+ weeks of developing two computer science classes, I will be redesigning Algebra I. However, it’s the summer and I’m totally stoked. On this here web-log, I will be chronicling my summer, one day, one picture at a time, similar to the “180 Days at [School Name]” series throughout the math blogosphere.
In all seriousness, I’ll start missing teaching way too soon and I have already put a lot of thought into September and beyond. However, this is a tough job and despite the intrinsic rewards that are inherent in helping young people reach their potential, it is exhausting and mentally and physically draining. Summer provides an opportunity to recoup – let’s celebrate it!
(60) Days of Summer: Day Zero
Okay, final meetings today. I thought of kicking this off with a picture of my classroom since I’m moving out of it, however that can wait. This note was left in my mailbox and I found it on my way out of the school today.