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Student Astounded: Teacher Does Not Get Summer Break!!

This post should have a tag on it called JoDee’s Tiny Rants.

Before the end of the semester I had a student ask me in passing what I was going to be doing with my free time this summer. I told him (with a tiny laugh) that I would be teaching. He looked at me shocked and then proceeded to ask why I just didn’t take the summer off?

So why don’t I take the summer off?  I mean I could just lay around all day eating chili cheese fries by the pool that I have at my gigantic mansion overlooking the ocean.  Maybe I should be spending my summer traipsing around Europe looking for just the right door handle to buy for my front doors. After all isn’t that what all teachers do?

I do not take the summer off because if I do not work then I do not get paid. If I do not get paid I cannot afford to live. This is a fact that most of the general population does not understand. A lot of people think that teachers during the summer get paid to do nothing. As far as I know in order for a teacher to get paid during the summer they have a two choices:

Have your pay for the normal teaching year divided up in such a way that you will see money in the summer.

Teach during the summer or get a different summer job.

If anyone knows any other legal ways of getting paid during the summer that does not involve a rich relative with hand outs let me know.

Sometimes I do not get a teaching job during the summer. If that happens it does not mean I get my summer to pursue navel lint excavation. There is still work that has to be done for the fall and I am pretty sure my K-12 friends understand this but I do not think most of the general public understand this. Therefore, general public here is a partial list of what teachers do during the summer pro bono:

          • Professional Development
          • Learn or Create New Curriculum
          • New assessments and programs to go through.
          • Creation of new lessons.
          • Plan for the upcoming year.


I am pretty sure that no other job has their employees take a mandatory almost 3 month lay off and they are still expected to do work.

Moral of the story: Do not ask me or any teacher why we do not just take the summer off. I guarantee if we did you would be yelling that the education you are receiving was substandard.



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JoDee is an adjunct faculty instructor of astronomy and physics at various colleges around her hometown in the midwest. When she is not trying to get her cat, Pixel, off of her laptop she is observing variable stars and researching black holes.

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