How Teachers Can Use Summer Break Productively

How Teachers Can Use Summer Break Productively


  • Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep per night during the school year, but not much more or less!
  • Studies have shown that adults who get less than 5 hours of sleep per night are absent 1.5 times more often and see a productivity loss of 1.9 times more than adults who get more sleep. 
  • When teachers feel tired, they are absent 2.7 times more often and experience 4.4 times as much productivity loss as well rested teachers. 

Eat Well & Stay Active

  • Diet has the largest impact on your overall health, as much as three times as much as a low activity level. 
  • Poor diet contributes to the three most significant healthcare epidemics in the country: diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

Classroom Reorganization:

  • Reorganize your classroom at the start or end of the school year to take inventory of what you need and don’t need. 
  • This is a great opportunity to modify lessons and activities for the next school year. 
  • When people are more organized at work, they tend to feel more accomplish, in control, confident, and motivated. 

Rework Your Curriculum

  • Take the time to focus on how to improve lessons that are ineffective or not engaging to students. 
  • Nearly 9 in 10 Americans say a teacher had a large impact on them throughout their lifetime
  • Teachers will have roughly 3,000 students over the course of their careers — that is a lot of students!

Embrace Professional Development

  • Refresh your mind by picking one new thing to focus on during the summer to further your professional development. 
  • When new teachers receive mentoring and support, their students’ achievement increased in as little as two years!

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