With the summer holidays upon us, many might wonder what teachers do with their summers off. A common belief is that teachers spend their summers relaxing at home – and there is some of that. Others think teachers spend their time basking in the sun – and there’s some of that too. But, the majority of us use this time to gain further education, and pursue personal interests.
One of the most common activities for teachers during the summer months is to take Additional Qualification courses. Most universities offer these courses, and they are designed to teach teachers new teaching ideas and techniques, and educate teachers on the latest thoughts and theories about effective teaching. Some of these courses also allow teachers to broaden the subject fields they teach, or to learn about teaching specific student groups, such as students who are learning English as a second language.
Another common activity for teachers during the summer is to teach summer school. Especially here at Rowntree Montessori Schools, teaching summer school is a popular choice among teachers. With structured academic time in the morning, and fun activities and trips with the students in the afternoon, the summer Learning Camp at Rowntree is the best of both worlds.
Another endeavour that I, myself will be pursuing this summer, is travelling. Many teachers choose this time to visit family in other countries, explore new parts of the world, or return to familiar, favourite places. One thing is for sure though, each and every teacher will be getting some much needed R&R, and preparing to take on yet another school year.
by an RMS Grade level teacher