Thursday, October 3, 2013, AM | 2 Comments
Are you a teacher looking for things to do over the summer that will not just amount to sitting around doing very little until the start of the new academic year? There are many productive activities that you can explore during the summer that won’t put too much of a strain on your holiday; at the same time, if you’re looking for a permanent post, you can keep on top of London teaching jobs while building up your skills and experience.
With this in mind, what are some top summer activities that teachers can look into?
If you didn’t have enough time during the school year, make sure you set aside hours in the summer to pick up on a creative project; this might involve finally starting a novel, painting, playing music, or even just keeping a regular blog.
While this activity isn’t quite as fun as being creative, you can use your summer break to finally get around to useful tasks around the home; this can include clearing out your attic, basement, or garage, sorting through your possessions to see what you can possibly sell or give to charity, and doing some decorating and gardening. If you want to look for new work, the summer can be the best time to get in touch with teaching recruitment agencies.
Just having a change of scenery can help you to enjoy the summer, and can mean you come back to work refreshed. This can be as simple as a weekend away, or can involve going on a volunteering trip.
Getting Part Time Work
It’s worth looking into part time work options if you’re between jobs, or want to build up some extra income; some ideas to try out include private tuition, summer school teaching, or working for a charity if you just need the experience.
Taking Part in Sports
You can keep active during the summer months by maintaining a good exercise schedule, and by using your added time in the week to get involved in team sports, going to the gym more often, and taking up new sports.
If you want to get out of the house and contribute to your local community, consider spending a few hours a week volunteering. Check your local council website and community centres for information on how you can help out.
It’s possible to spend part of your summer getting on the other side of the desk and learning something new; this might be an art course, or something more advanced that can help you with your teaching.
Working on Your Teaching Plans
Again, many teachers won’t want to spend too long working on their teaching plans in the summer. However, you can spend some time organising your notes, doing research into exam board changes, and trying to come up with new lesson plans.
Connecting with Colleagues
It can be worthwhile connecting with your teaching colleagues outside of work, which can involve meeting up for coffee or going out for a drink if you haven’t had the time in the past.
Gaining Extra Qualifications
This doesn’t have to be too strenuous, and can just involve taking a first aid or health and safety course, which can then be added to your CV. Getting a qualification in Teaching English as a Foreign Language can also be useful if you want to look for other or additional work in the future.
Rosette is a secondary school teacher who likes to keep active during the summer. She recommends looking into opportunities for London teaching jobs through a reputable agency. She also blogs about photography and running.