Teachers and holidays. It’s a subject that raises just as much debate as homework. Of course the idea of having 6 weeks off from work in the summer is enough to make anyone feel a twinge of jealousy, but in reality, all the ‘time off’ teachers get isn’t spent as you would imagine. Despite the 50–60 hour weeks they work during term time, their holidays are filled with plenty of marking, lesson planning and worrying about exam results.
That’s why, to help ensure that teachers are enjoying some downtime in the holidays, we’ve come up with a homework list for teacher holidays that they need to try and work their way through during their time off, with the sole purpose of helping them to relax, unwind and put work to the back of their mind:
1. Read for pleasure
Books are a part of the job when it comes to teaching, but that doesn’t mean you’re reading the books you want to read. Whenever you get some time off, take the opportunity to read for pleasure, whether that’s ticking a new book off your ever growing list or revisiting an old favourite, whatever you choose, remember what it feels like to really enjoy reading.
2. Catch up on TV
Sit on your sofa all day, order take-away, put on your pyjamas and watch an entire Netflix series. Give the programme that all the kids are talking about a go, see what the fuss is really about or rewatch old Friends episodes. Whatever it is, take the time to zone out and indulge in doing nothing without feeling guilty.
3. Spend time with friends and family
As a teacher your life is constant, even your evenings and weekends are spent worrying about next week’s lesson or with a pile of papers needing to be marked balanced on your lap. When holidays come along, make plans with your friends and family, set aside an evening for dinner, drinks and conversation, and put work to the back of your mind for once.
It’s not always everyone’s favourite thing to do but it is a proven stress buster which is just what you need to help you relax during your time off. Try and incorporate something fun into your exercise, do something you enjoy or involve a friend so it seems a little less like hard work.
5. Take a trip
Depending on how long you’ve got off, make time to go somewhere different and experience new things. Whether it’s with friends, yourself or even just to visit family, get out of your usual haunt. This will help to fully take your mind off of work and focus on having fun.