For as much as I love my days in the classroom, I’d be lying to you if I said I wasn’t one of those teachers who keeps a running countdown for our upcoming breaks on the whiteboard. Who doesn’t love a good week off at Thanksgiving to spend time with your friends and family?
The time to recharge and reconnect with life outside of work provides me a balance in life that I think would be hard to strike in a different field.
I chat with friends who have typical entry-level, nine-to-five jobs, and I hear about their ten days of vacation. I can’t imagine living a life that is so dominated by work. The time off allowed by my teaching schedule helps me stay sane (and lets me have a lot of fun, too!).
I use the time off in summer to plan for next year, but also to unplug and re-find myself as a person outside the office.
This summer, I’ve had time to travel to the Caribbean, go camping, visit family on the east coast, spend a weekend with my best friends celebrating one of their weddings, and explore new areas of Dallas I’ve never been to before.
And of course, I’ve gotten to do every day relaxing things like laying by the pool at my condo, catching up on reading, and going out for dinner and drinks with my girlfriends.
The extra time I get to spend with my parents, brother and extended family is important to my well-being. One day, I hope to have my own children, and I think that having this schedule will also help me more easily go back to work after having kids since I will get to spend time with them while they are out of school.