“Oh, you must be so excited to summer break.”
“Must be nice being a teacher, summer break and all.”
Don’t you just hate it when civilians assume that just because your students are at camp, you are too? Once of the things I do love, however, is that summer is a time to hone our skills, become better at our craft, and focus on our own professional growth.
I got into the UCI Writers’ Project this year. I’d been invited to apply in the past but had to say no, thank you for two years in a row. The first year, I just couldn’t afford to not work summer school. The second time I gave birth to Ben. So now, here I am, and while I couldn’t afford to not work summer school again, the fact is I felt that I couldn’t afford to not be in a pool of such gifted people. I needed my brain to be a spa this summer, albeit a really intensive, energy-draining spa. In fact, it’s more like a gym. And we all know that going to the gym massages your body in forward-movement, the way attending UCI will massage my neurons.
I’m nervous. I’m excited. And I’m hoping that I can live up to the pool of educators that I will be associating with. The list of speakers is phenomenal. The selected teachers all range in skills, age, and grade levels.
So, as I close up shop for the school year, plan Ben’s Traveltown birthday party, and get ready for the in-laws coming into town, I am also preparing for my Voice unit presentation that I will be presenting on the first week.
It starts on Monday and I am really looking forward to being a student again. My posts may be fewer and farther between this July, but I will update when I can.
Have a great and rejuvenating summer vacation.