I’ll let you in on a dirty little secret you probably never knew about teachers: Most of us look forward to the end of summer vacation.
It’s not that we don’t like a few weeks off to recharge our batteries. We get to catch up on all the happenings of the outside world we’ve been forced to ignore while focusing on how best to reach a very tricky demographic. It’s nice being able to devote energy to ourselves rather than saving most of it for our students. There’s something about being able to experience sunrises and sunsets in nature rather than catching glimpses through the reflection of classroom windows. It’s intoxicating to wander into a backyard filled with the aroma of sunflowers as a gentle wind rustles the trees.