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Summer Break: One Teacher's Reality Episode

Updated on May 27, 2014

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Is there a Plan?

Armed with a sharpie, masking tape, and scissors, I knelt down to sort and store my entire year of teaching supplies into a dozen assorted odd shaped cardboard boxes. I had barely started when I heard a gentle knock at the door. Tara, who was stationed across the hall, stood in the doorway munching on a shiny red apple.

"You have a jump on me, Teach. I'm thinking I may just toss everything in bins next week and wait till fall to sort things out. I am so ready for Summer Break! I don't want to spend another minute past 3:05 in school next Friday. It can all wait. Say, what are you doing for Summer Break? Any Plans?"

Summer Break. Now there is a certain image those words project as they float in the air towards a teacher's ears. One pictures herself running through ocean surf, feeding seagulls, walking on white sand collecting seashells while listening to Caribbean music playing in the background.

I shake my head and answer, "Haven't had time to really think about it." As a matter of courtesy, I ask her in return. "What about you?"

"Well, you remember my friend Courtney? Yeah, she and I are planning on taking a trip to Bermuda for a few weeks. You know, catch some sun and fun."

I was a bit envious but happy that one of us was going to actually have a summer break. "Well, keep me updated on facebook. Have fun!"

She walked back across the hall. I returned to labeling boxes. Somewhere in the background I heard the gentle sound of waves hitting the shore as I shoved containers into cabinets.

Suggested Summer Excursions

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The rich and famous yacht adventure.  Find an isolated island, dock your boat and enjoy an adventure. Visit museums and lose yourself in the beauty of art. Rent a mountain cabin, put your feet up and get away from the world. Enjoy your backyard pool.  "Hakuna Matata!"
The rich and famous yacht adventure.
The rich and famous yacht adventure. | Source
Find an isolated island, dock your boat and enjoy an adventure.
Find an isolated island, dock your boat and enjoy an adventure.
Visit museums and lose yourself in the beauty of art.
Visit museums and lose yourself in the beauty of art.
Rent a mountain cabin, put your feet up and get away from the world.
Rent a mountain cabin, put your feet up and get away from the world.
Enjoy your backyard pool.  "Hakuna Matata!"
Enjoy your backyard pool. "Hakuna Matata!"

What Teachers Should Not Do

Many of us will work this summer in public places. We are known to cause some minor havoc as we communicate with others. Here's some things I suggest you keep in mind:

  1. Resist the urge to whip out your red pen and grade any memos given to you in the office.
  2. It is not necessary for people to line up in an orderly fashion at the buffet.
  3. Avoid saying, "Use your inside voice" when dealing with irate customers.
  4. When making a presentation at work, adding a true and false quiz at the end is frowned upon (unless you have prizes, then everyone will get into it -- ask them to raise their hand in response!).
  5. The temptation to organize is strong when around others not so inclined, walk away!
  6. And lastly, you do not have to sing those catchy little songs while washing your hands.

What Others Do

The idea of a perfect vacation is not working or not having to work and having no appointments.

—Tom Welling, actor

The ideal summer break would be to do whatever it is you wanted to do, not having to worry about spending money, not having to cut your vacation time, and to have those you love by your side.

When money is no object and time is plenty, the door is wide open for adventure. Those who are fortunate enough to be in this category live our dream vacations for us. I can't imagine the thrill of renting a yacht to cruise the coastline for a week or setting out for some remote part of the world to photograph an endangered species. Wait. Yes, I can imagine the thrill!

While dining out one evening with friends, I overheard a couple discussing vacation plans in the booth next to ours. They were in disagreement about whether to take along a nanny for the children or to sign them up for extensive summer camp experiences. Mind you, one of the camps involved sail-boating in Maine for seven weeks. And, it was only $10 grand for the entire session!

Don't get me wrong, I think it's all wonderful when people get to enjoy their well earned money in this fashion. Why not? If I could, I would probably get away every summer to some remote island where I could spend my day sitting on the beach watching the waves roll in until sunset.

By the way, I checked my facebook page the week after school was out for updates. The first photo was Tara standing on a beach looking bronze and gorgeous in a white bikini. She was holding a huge conch shell in her hand against the blue of the ocean. Her post read "wish you were here." ...Me too.

The Reality Of It All

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For so many, our institutions of higher learning will keep us engaged this summer sharing our wisdom with students. Serving patrons at a local restaurant will help keep the mortgage or rent in check.  Taking on a home remodeling or repair job is lots of work but it pays the bills. Child care is another avenue one can enjoy.  It helps keep our skills polished.
For so many, our institutions of higher learning will keep us engaged this summer sharing our wisdom with students.
For so many, our institutions of higher learning will keep us engaged this summer sharing our wisdom with students. | Source
Serving patrons at a local restaurant will help keep the mortgage or rent in check.
Serving patrons at a local restaurant will help keep the mortgage or rent in check.
Taking on a home remodeling or repair job is lots of work but it pays the bills.
Taking on a home remodeling or repair job is lots of work but it pays the bills.
Child care is another avenue one can enjoy.  It helps keep our skills polished.
Child care is another avenue one can enjoy. It helps keep our skills polished.

What Is Your Perception Of It All?

“Closed in a room, my imagination becomes the universe, and the rest of the world is
missing out.” ― Criss Jami, Diotima, Battery,

“What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing. It also depends on what sort of person you are.”
C.S. Lewis, The Magician's Nephew

“Life is 10 percent what you make it and 90 percent how you take it.” ― Irving Berlin

What Most Teachers Do

Here is the real deal. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average teacher makes between 37,000 and 51,500 annually. Many hold two jobs simultaneously during the school year and work additional jobs while on summer break.

Although this salary seems adequate, in truth the pay barely covers basic household expenses. The typical teacher has a family to feed and clothe, medical expenses, loans (some are paying student loans as well), cars to maintain and unexpected emergencies. Let's face it, people are facing new variables in today's economy forcing countless individuals and families to pay more for less.

Due to cuts in budget, most teachers have not had a raise within the past three years. The cost of living has risen and in order to pay the bills, educators are forced to work year round. Usually, this requires jobs outside the realm of education. The good side is that they are acquiring other valuable skills and knowledge keeping them employable.

I remember how surprised I was one summer to see my junior high math teacher painting the house next door. My mother informed me he did this every year. He had to work summers to keep his family fed. Then there was the time I found out my music teacher gave individual piano lessons on the side.

The occupation is rewarding. The truth is, teachers of excellence do not work entirely for the pay, it is a passion. My motto: And you yourself must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind. Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching (Book of Titus, 2:7). So maybe we have to work outside our domain some months, we survive.

The chart below lists summer employment opportunities common to educators.

Summer Employment Opportunities

 
 
 
Painting homes
Temporary Business position
Child care/Nanny
Landscaping
Summer School
Tutor
Camp Counselor
Teach abroad
Sell products (i.e., Avon, Mary Kay)
Park & Recreations
Adjunct Professor
Give private lessons such as swimming or music
Fitness Instructor
Factory or retail job
Clean homes

The World I Live

Where I will spend my summer break this year - mostly.
Where I will spend my summer break this year - mostly. | Source

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My Personal Reality

In the past, I worked as an adjunct professor all summer. It required my balancing personal time within a split work schedule. It took some rearranging, but I managed to get the housework done, run errands, grade papers and do lesson plans, volunteer at church, and still spent a few hours with my husband and family. It was arduous but I made it through without any major breakdowns.

This year I plan to spend the majority of my time writing a book. I am taking a leap of faith in not supplementing our income. My plan is to work around a schedule of writing and managing the household. My husband is supportive of me and realizes it may require my working odd and long hours. Am I living a fantasy or is my reality merely a perception of a dream?

This morning I received a small brown package in the mail. It was from Tara. I tore away the wrapping and found some seashells and a small bottle of white sand tucked within crumpled tissue paper. A blue ribbon tied at the top embraced two exquisite silver seashell earrings and a small card. It read "take a break on me".

I laughed out loud. I thought: what the heck, why not? I went out back, sprinkled the sand and seashells around my lounge chair, put my earrings on and cranked up the music. I spent the next couple of hours sipping iced tea and pretending I was at the beach. That night as I lay in bed I thought I heard the gentle lapping of water and seagulls crying overhead. Reality, it's all good.

What is your thought on reality?  Is it all in one's mind? It all seems so real right now.
What is your thought on reality? Is it all in one's mind? It all seems so real right now. | Source

© 2014 Dianna Mendez

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Voted up and all the way across. Great hub! It's so, so true. Teachers work so hard, and, for most, there is little time (or money) to be able to take off on luxurious vacations.

      I loved how you worked in the stories about your friend and you. It made the hub so interesting and personal. And I wish you the best on your book! Perhaps you could write a hub sometime to keep us posted on your summer progress!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I always enjoy your visits, Victoria. You have put some energy and a smile into my day. Yes, I will update this journey. Hopefully, it will become a reality for me over time. Have a wonderful summer break -- you deserve it! Blessings.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, at least Tara sent you something, right? LOL You speak the truth here my friend. I taught for fifteen years before I could finally take a summer off. You have to pay your dues as a teacher, and that payment may take a long, long time. Great write!

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      suzettenaples 3 years ago

      Teaches: I love this hub. It is great and you so capture how we feel at the end of the year. I love all your tips and advice-so true. What you did with Tara's gift is do befitting of a true teacher! Good luck with writing your book this summer. I bet it will be a great one!

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      LOL, and many spend their summer writing on HP, other sites and trying desperately to crank out that novel. Happy Summer!

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      lol! I love your little 'vacation' with the sand etc, the truth as you said is so different for many teachers, even over here they never seem to get a raise, we always think seven long weeks of holidays, they must have a great time, but of course its different, and as you mentioned many take different jobs to supplement their income, whatever you do have a wonderful time, and good luck with the book!

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      May your book writing bring a little magic to your summer and your imagination let you go far and wide; wherever you want! Have a wonderful summer.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I will never understand or condone the low pay a teacher makes. A good and dedicated teacher is worth their weight in gold. I taught for 12 years before taking a one-week vacation. I have supplemented my income with private teaching/performances my entire life.

      Loved the photo of Tara's gift to you. Still, I wish you could enjoy a trip like this. I hope your summer is productive and wonderful for you!

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks Dianna, but no break for someone who teaches part-time as part of her freelancing world. I'm teaching this summer, plus doing on-line tutoring! I'm hoping one day it will all pay off. I'm glad I made you smile, though! And I can hardly wait to hear more about your book. :-) Enjoy your summer working on that project.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 3 years ago from USA

      I need a vacation right now myself! I know what you mean about a teacher's pay. My DIL just finished college last fall with lots of student loans. At first she had problems finding a job and when she finally did, I was shocked at the pay. I thought teachers were paid more than that.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Victoria,

      Bill,

      Rebecca,

      Nell,

      Jackie,

      Audrey,

      Barbara,

      Thank you for your visit and comments. I appreciate your feedback on the post. It's always been an issue of pay for teachers. Most of the world doesn't realize how much a teacher has to sacrifice to enjoy their passion. I am fortunate that I can now sit back and pursue my dream. My best to each of you and have a great week. Blessings.

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      Andrew Spacey 3 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

      Teachers deserve more financial reward and incentives there's no doubt but face the ongoing question - Why am I really here facing the class? Am I here for the money or the love?

      Many teachers do it for the love I suspect, that's why they've fallen behind in the race for higher pay.

      I enjoyed the wee holiday break you had courtesy of a thoughtful (relaxed) student. Let's hope you get the chance for many more in the coming years!

      Votes and a share.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very enjoyable read and I wish you all the best for your summer break. Hope you achieve successfully, what you have planned.

      Teaching job needs lot of passion, patience and commitment. Knowing fully well about their fixed and sometimes lower salary, they do their work with utmost sincerity, whatever may happen.

      Relax and enjoy the much needed break, at the same time fulfill your dreams.

      Voted up and shared!

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Teachers work so hard and so under paid. All of you teachers do a fantastic job of taking children forward and helping them to realize their dreams. Have a great summer break and wishing you all the very best for your new book that you are going to write, I am sure it will be a best seller! Great hub,voted up.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      I enjoyed reading this very much. I have two children. I could never imagine running a classroom of 20. My cousin is a teacher and her first few years she spent waitressing during the summer. She made more in tips all summer than she did as a teacher. She gave up the waitress job because the restaurant closed. I think every classroom should not only have a well-paid teacher, but also an assistant just for the teacher and a classroom aide. Teachers are expected to do too much. I saw the town sent out workers to spray grass around the curbs in the neighborhood. Yet they just let go 150 classroom aides last year. The government needs to get its priorities straight.

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      I have always believed that good teachers were underpaid. As for vacations; take a nice cool drink, a good book and sit outside. You could be anywhere in the world. Voted up interesting and awesome!

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      Denise W Anderson 3 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      For many years, we lived on one teacher's salary while my husband worked various physical labor jobs during the summer. Eventually, he went back to school and became an administrator. When all of our children were in school, I, too, returned to school and obtained full time employment. For the first time in our lives, we were no longer considered "poverty" level. We didn't qualify for free lunches and grants for our children's college educations any more. We also were able to pay cash for most everything we needed. I wouldn't trade those early days of being home with our children while we lead a simple life on a teachers salary for anything!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Chef, many teachers out there are thankful for your kind of understanding!

      ChitrangadaSharon, thank you for the well wishes. I am planning for the best yet to come.

      Vellur, I am dedicated to writing this book -- whether a best seller or not, it's just a goal I have set for now. Thank you, kind friend.

      Crafty, I hear a woman mention similar ideas just today. Her town decided to paint curbs but forego funding for school lunches. Yes, the government needs to reset priorities.

      Breakfast, I love your suggestion. I do take a mental vacation now and then and it is just as enjoyable. It's the reality of mind!

      Denise, I so agree with you. We teach for the passion and being able to guide our own children during those days. What a blessing you now have for your dedication!

      Thank you all for visiting and commenting. I appreciate each and every one of you. Blessings and enjoy your week.

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I love the way that you wrote this and I hope that you do get to take a break on the sand one day! I'm sure your book is going to do well. Hold onto your dreams and hopefully they will come true!

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Best of luck with your book Teach! I'm sure it will be a splash! :) My daughter is a kindergarten teacher and is taking a job teaching summer school...she just loves teaching...she's also only been teaching for 3 years. Well, I hope Tara enjoys her summer break and I hope you do also! :)

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Teaches, if you are pursuing your purpose, that's Faith not Fantasy. The very best to you concerning your book, and do take a time out --if even in your lounge chair--when you need it.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Ep, I'm glad you stopped by today. I'm sure going to include some breaks to enjoy the summer. Be well and safe.

      Linda, give your daughter a hug from me. I'm sure she is changing lives and helping children to love life.

      Ms Dora, you are a blessing to me. Thank you for the words of encouragement.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I was nodding my head in agreement with so much that you have written, Dianna. Best of luck with your book. I hope the summer goes well for you.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Thank you, sweet Alicia. Hope you a

      Have a great weekend.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Dianna, this is very well written. I love the humor and imagination. I think it's wonderful you're taking time off to write a book. Good for you! It's nice that you won't have to do any juggling to get it done; you can simply write.

      Don't forget to take those beach breaks out back. Tara rocks!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Being a former teacher, I empathize completely. Teachers don't work for the money...although they wish to be like Tara, they do the work because they can, and do, make a difference. Guess it works the same way with writers too!

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 3 years ago from Lagos

      A wonderful piece and well detailed to perfection. To be a teacher aint really easy though considering the sacrifices and things they have to put up with (though all workers do). Proper plan is very important. good hub

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Brave warrior, it will be a nice challenge this summer.

      Michelle, you are right- teachers enjoy helping others learn, regardless of pay or ability to vacation.

      Ubani, it does take planning to make things work in all things that matter.

      Thanks to each of you for your valuable insight. Enjoy your weekend.

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      Pamela Oglesby 3 years ago from United States

      I have a granddauhter that will graduate from college next year to be an elementary school teacher, and she will have loans to pay. This is all she has ever wanted to do even though we encouraged to consider some other fields. We were concerned about the fact that teachers are underpaid and schools seem to have more problems now.

      I loved your hub and I hope you get that book written. Being good to yourself is important in the summer as you give so much all year long.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Pamela, I remember my parents being concerned over my wanting to teach as a career. I took a detour but I ended up in this field eventually. It was my passion all along. Hope your daughter finds it rewarding and fulfilling. Thank you for coming by and being so encouraging. Blessings.

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      Shasta Matova 3 years ago from USA

      I wish you the best on your book writing. It is scary to do something that doesn't earn a regular income, but it could be quite rewarding for you.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      What a wonderfully written hub here, dear teaches! I am not a teacher, but I can so relate to not being able to take a "vacation" during summer or any time of the year here for many years it seems. This is an enjoyable read with your added humor and your inclusion of your friend and her vacation. I am glad you did take a bit of a break after receiving the lovely gift from your friend : ).

      I know when you put your mind to something, nothing but good can come of it and I am looking forward to reading that book of yours one day!

      Up and more and away

      Blessing always and enjoy the reality that is life each day.

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      ignugent17 3 years ago

      Really sweet and teachers must really take a break.

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful hub.

      Enjoy your break. :-)

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Millionaire, you are talking my walk- it's not always about the money.

      FAith, so many if us do without regular vacations but we still enjoy our daily lifestyles.

      Ignugent, I do enjoy my breaks.

      Thank you all for commenting and visiting. Enjoy your day.

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      Robin Grosswirth 3 years ago from New York

      Dianna, great hub!!! Teachers work very hard. Even in taking second jobs, teachers still do planning over the tenure of the summer. Grass does not grow under our feet. We chose this profession and actually, in turn, it chose us as well because it takes a certain prototype that is selfless.

      On another note, I wish you great success in your writing career and in the future publication of your soon to be written book.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Thank you for the warm note of encouragement, Robin. I believe you're right, teachers are always working on the next lesson plan - even during breaks. Hope you are having a great day.

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      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      Voted up and shared as well. I once worked in a school and summers flew by.

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      Yvette Stupart PhD 3 years ago from Jamaica

      What a charming ending to such serious considerations! Thanks for sharing. As a teacher myself, I have always found the profession rewarding. But like everything else there is the down side.

      All the best for your book.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      It IS necessary to take that little break once in a while. Forget reality, and just have a wonderful little fantasy. It does wonders for one's mental outlook. Cheers!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 3 years ago from Western NC

      You're my hero! You're going to write a book? I LOVE it! Summer is here and yes, you're right: I, too, am working this summer - right at school. Writing grants and working on their website. I'm also tutoring. But I'm going to write hubs, too. :)

      Awesome hub - I do hope you get some time to relax, too. HUGS

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      Joe 3 years ago from north miami FL

      I guess summer break really isn't a break for the teachers in a monetary perspective. It's funny how as a student you forget teachers go on break as well.

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      Sherry Hewins 3 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      Thank you for all of your hard work. Best of luck with your book.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Ologsinquito, summer flies by for everyone but teachers only get about half of it in general. School ends later and starts earlier for most. Thanks for your comment. Enjoy your day.

      Purpose, the "up" side is much more than the down with teachers. It's what we learn to deal with and adjust. Thanks for your viewpoint and encouragement.

      Avion, yes, we all need that mental break as it does make life enjoyable. Hope your day is going well.

      Cclitgirl, I know you understand the load carried but also experience the joy of teaching. Remember take some time for yourself this summer!

      Joe, it's a rewarding career and breaks taken or missed are just part of it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and for commenting. Have a safe and enjoyable day.

      Sherry, thank you for your suppor and kind wishes. I always enjoy your visits, dear lady.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      I think your book is going to be a great success.

      And I hope you take another little break soon. :)

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      All the best with your book, Dianna, and have a lovely summer!

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      Theresa Ast 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Diane - Boy do I know about summer work. Just like you, that's what I have done the past ten years. I am so glad you are taking a summer to work on your book. That is terrific. Great Hub. :) Theresa

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      RTalloni, thank you for the support. Writing is my passion, let's hope it helps others in some fashion.

      Midget, thank you for your well wishes. You enjoy your summer also.

      PHdast, I am planning on working most of the summer on the book but plan to take breaks as needed. Thanks for stopping by today.

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      torrilynn 3 years ago

      Summer break does give teachers a break or distance from their students but it is important to have some sort of income over those couple of months. Thanks for the hub. Voted up.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Torrilynn, you are so right. TEachers must take a break, even if small, so that they return in the fall refreshed. Enjoy your day.

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      Vivian Sudhir 3 years ago from Madurai, India

      Great article teaches12345 and good luck with your book.

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      Sima Ballinger 3 years ago from Michigan

      You are a master - I enjoy your writing tremendously. One other job opportunity I know that some teachers do is, Research - Survey Research work. I am glad your husband supports your writing - much success to you this summer writing project - you can do it!!!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Snerfu, thank you for visiting and your kind support. Enjoy your weekend.

      Treasures, thanks for adding on the work option of research. It is interesting work for sure. Enjoy your day, I appreciate your well wishes and thanks for coming by.

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      Martie Coetser 3 years ago from South Africa

      It is so sad when teachers have to earn extra money during school breaks, while they truly need a break and sufficient rest. Teaching is a soul-draining job; how wonderful would it be if they could only enjoy a well-deserved holiday of their choice sponsored by the state. Let's dream on.....

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I like your dream, Martie. If only it were a reality! Thanks for contributing to the content. Enjoy your weekend.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      teaches12345,

      This is absolutely gold! I learned a long time ago that the infamous summer break is really only for the fortunate ones. It was years after I made it into the public school system before I was able to take a little break during the summer break. Before I got into the public school system, I taught for the community college system which was year-round. At one point, I taught for two community colleges simultaneously. One year, I taught full-time in the public school in an interim position that was 30 minutes away from my home and two nights of the week 45 minutes in the opposite direction three hour classes. Once I finally got a full-time non-interim position, I taught summer school.

      Yesterday, my youngest (who graduated with the same teaching degree as me) learned that he had received a teaching position with a very well-renowned magnet school where the students must apply to be accepted. I am so proud of him and happy for him because of how quickly he was able to get this position and that he will be teaching students who are gifted in math and science--future engineers.

      I will definitely share this hub with him and with others.

      Thank you for writing this hub. I love the list of what not to do if one is working in an office for his/her summer break.

      V+ for sure!

      Kim

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      I have a granddaughter who started teaching right after she finished college. She taught different grades trying to see which she preferred. Turns out she decided she did not want to teach after all. Now, she is back in college getting a degree in engineering! Teaching isn't for everyone, I guess.

      I'm always admired teachers like you that are dedicated and committed.

      I hope you have a great summer working on that book: Good luck!

      Voted UP and shared.

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      Word 3 years ago from Chicago

      Thanks for sharing this Kim... Teaches you deserve summer vacation. My hat goes off to all teachers. I used to be an assistant special ed teacher. I feel you. I hope you are enjoying this summer and each moment of it. If you go on a trip may it be filled with excitement and discoveries.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      In August I start my MAT in Secondary General Science. I hope to finish in about three years and leave all this Scientist stuff behind and spend the rest of my days teaching. This makes your hubs priceless. Jamie

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      OC, you understand the sacrifices teachers make to live their dream. Your story gives hope to all teachers.

      Mary, teaching is not for everyone but I do believe we are all teachers in some fashion in whatever we do. Best wishes to your granddaughter.

      Word, thank you for the support. I am finally able to enjoy writing at home. Blessings!

      Jamie, I know you will make a great teacher one day and contribute well to the lives of many.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Dianna,

      Most people do not realize how hard teachers work. Many of them also use their hard earned cash to pay for school or art supplies for their students who come empty handed. Teaching is certainly a calling and I applaud all of the good teachers everywhere! They do deserve higher pay for what they do.

      Good luck with your book Diana and hopefully you can enjoy some hard earned enjoyable breaks along the way. That was very nice of your fellow teacher to send you those earrings, sand and shells. Voting this up, useful and interesting.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Peggy, I can remember delving into my personal funds to purchase supplies that enhanced my lesson plan. Yes, at times it was buying 25 items which I knew the school would not repay. Thank you for coming by and adding value to the article and for your well wishes. Enjoy your weekend.

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      Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      My parents were both teachers and they had a lot of horror stories to tell about working during the holidays, marking reports and suchlike. I must admit, they are in Australia and get paid for the holidays, but a lot of people think they are off relaxing when in reality, they work all holidays, just at home. Loved this hub, very useful and voted interesting!

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Suzanne, I am sure your parents made a great contribution to the field of education from what you share about them. It's not always about the money. Thanks for adding value to the content.

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi teaches. My mother was a teacher so I know exactly what you are talking about. The summer break certainly wasn't a vacation for her trying to raise 5 kids. Good luck with the book.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Bedegiulo, I admire your mother for her dedication to her family. It must have been a challenge for her. On the other hand, she inspired the love of the arts in you and that is all good. Blessings.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      We are a family of teachers, at all levels. All of us worked summer jobs, hoping to work in a short vacation, and other diversions. Thanks for a great hub, and generating many comments! ;-)

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      Deborah Neyens 2 years ago from Iowa

      Great hub! I am enjoying my first "summer break" as an adjunct professor at University of Iowa. Even though it is only a part-time position, I find I am missing that paycheck. But it's nice to have some extra time to get some other projects done before the fall semester starts in late August.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Homeplace, I am glad to meet another soul who can relate to the topic. It is all worthwhile! I just got my notice today for orientation -- summer vacation is fading quickly! Have a wonderful week.

      Deborah, it is a bit difficult to make ends meet during the summer months but the time off is priceless! Hope you are having a great summer.

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      lovedoctor926 2 years ago

      I've always looked forward to a beach vacation every summer. When I was younger, my parents would rent at the beach for a week. We don't really do that anymore. Summer break is one of the benefits of being a teacher and like you said it must be a passion rather than for the money. I can't imagine how difficult it must be for some teachers to make ends meet during the summer months. these are good summer jobs to consider. that was nice of Tara. Hope you can take some time off& relax at west palm, such a beautiful beach. congrats on writing your book. pls let us know when it's published. I'd be interested in reading it

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      PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi,

      I am always the cow's tail as U just read about summer vacation and now it is time for school to begin for another nine months.

      Teachers should have a vacation fund where each school give its teachers two weeks pay for a wonderful vacation at the beginning of the summer.

      I hope you did enjoy your summer and the new school year will bring you blessings and great surprises.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      LoveDoctor, it's hard to believe school started in many areas this week. I'm sure it's a welcome for many teachers who need the income, in spite of the moans from kids. Thanks for adding value to the post.

      Bobbi, there a few schools who budget pay so that it covers the entire year. It is nice. Your comment is a good contribution to the conversation. Have a great week.

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      Theresa Ast 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Hi Diane - Just read this again and it was worth it. Great Hub. And the new school year is almost upon us. Oh, well. :) Theresa

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Theresa, school is in session in many areas already. Where did the summer go? Glad you enjoyed the read and thanks for the repeat visit. Enjoy your day and stay safe.

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      truthfornow 2 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      It is unrealistic to think that teachers and most other people can make it on no money all summer. Teachers should get paid year round.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Truthfornow, if only people like you were in control! Teachers have voiced this request for years, still they work because of the love of children.

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      Rachael O'Halloran 2 years ago from United States

      I knew summer vacation was either a work or play flip of the coin for teachers, but I used to think they decided just out of boredom or to supplement their checks that they spaced out over the summer. Your article touched me and reminded me of a tutor we hired one summer and just recently about some YouTube videos I came across while researching my article about Bel Kaufman, author of Up The Down Staircase.

      She was an English teacher in a NYC high school from early 1960s to late 1970s - about 15 years - and she spoke of the same issues in interviews. After publishing an essay, she was approached to expand it into a novel. She took 9 months to write the book, still teaching, taking care of a sick mother, etc. and her interviews talk about how the pay for both - writing and teaching - didn't even come close to livable in NYC's economy. I can remember hiring my son's algebra teacher to tutor over the summer and he told us about how he spaced out his pay so he would get weekly checks all summer, but it still wasn't enough to get along. While his tutoring rate was affordable to us, it is a shame how our teachers have to go further to keep a decent income coming in - either during school year or on summer break.

      Bel Kaufman lived to be 103, went on the lecture circuit in the 1990s, and at 100 y/o became a teacher again at Hunter College teaching Jewish humor. She never thought in a million years she would ever teach again but she did it for love, not money. Teachers love their jobs, and are not properly rewarded - in $$ or respect. I applaud you for making the time to write your book (is it done?) and for contributing to making responsible adults out of our children. Excellent article. Voted up and all the feedback buttons :)

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