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post #1 of 13
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I have a confession - I have an extreme case of jealousy toward my sister & brother-in-law who are both school teachers and have the summer off. Sleeping in until 9 every morning, puttering in the garden all day, refinishing furniture "for fun" - it all sounds too perfect. Granted they don't have kids yet, but still. I haven't had a full day off since March and I'm going bonkers. It just seems so unfair that teachers get so much time off in the summer, plus all of the holidays and breaks throughout the school year. Does anyone else feel this way or am I just a scrooge? I get that it's a hard job, and not for everyone, but still!
post #2 of 13
Well, they don't get paid for the time either, so teachers either have to be good at budgeting or they find summer jobs just like their students. I'd overhaul the whole school calendar if I were queen, but that's a whole 'nother thread.

But yes, I'm a bit envious of those who get a real summer vacation.
post #3 of 13
Yes, and often teachers must take classes or attend seminars in the summer to keep up with their jobs and certifications.
post #4 of 13
yup - my friend teaches middle school. They start back 2nd week in August with training, and then go until the end of May. So, really its only 2 months off in the middle. Of these 2 moths, she has trainings, etc. at least every other week. You do not leave your job at home either - its not 9-5... Many work in evenings and weekends grading.

And I agree about the pay. After taxes, union fees, etc. its really not that much.

That said, it does have its perks. Though sleeping into 9 am and lounging sound more like a perk of being childless rather than being a teacher specifically.
post #5 of 13
I wouldn't exactly say it's "unfair," since you have the freedom to decide to become a teacher if you want to, and then you'll get summers off too if you choose to not take a summer job, teach summer school, or take continuing education during the summertime.

I do understand having some jealousy though, but more in a lighthearted "man, that sounds so fun!" kind of way than a "geez, that's not fair" kind of way. I miss having summers off too -- that was a really hard adjustment for me once I got out of school. I remember that awful sinking feeling when I realized that I just have to work ... nearly every day ... for the next 40 years.

I agree with this:

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Originally Posted by Carita View Post
Though sleeping into 9 am and lounging sound more like a perk of being childless rather than being a teacher specifically.
post #6 of 13
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Though sleeping into 9 am and lounging sound more like a perk of being childless rather than being a teacher specifically.
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I'm a grad student so I have summers more or less off. And everyday I wake up at......6 AM. If I am lucky. If I get to sleep until 6:30, then that is a special day indeed. And then the whirlwind that is dd begins, and I try to balance my day between chasing after her, cleaning up her messes, getting her to playdates (hopefully dressed and fed) AND trying to squeeze in a little research/study/lesson planning for the fall/etc. time during her naps.

I imagine teachers are in pretty much the same boat. At least those with kids.
post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by Evan&Anna's_Mom View Post
Well, they don't get paid for the time either, so teachers either have to be good at budgeting or they find summer jobs just like their students. I'd overhaul the whole school calendar if I were queen, but that's a whole 'nother thread.

But yes, I'm a bit envious of those who get a real summer vacation.
I'm on a 9 over 12 pay schedule. In other words, the university only pays me for nine months, but is willing to divide that into 12 installments. I'd not like to be in the position of having to remember to do that myself.

FWIW, my summer "break" is when everything that doesn't get done during the year gets done--the research/creative work required for job advancement, long range course planning, etc. That said, I'm happy to have the added flexibility.
post #8 of 13
I am envious, but don't feel that it is not a deserved time off. I just wish we all had more time off in the summer!!! I'm envious because I want to be home with my kids, I want to spend time in my garden, and take the kids swimming. I don't want the demands of teaching with little kids though, no thanks!

My MIL and step mom are both teachers, they work their butts off, 7am to 6 or 7pm Mon/Fri, not counting the evening commitments, weekends spent grading papers and planning for the next week, they easily work 50 to 60 hour weeks. They also don't get the downtime I get at work, no surfing on MDC, or stopping to chat with friends for a few minutes, or skipping out a couple hours early every once in a while. They both have Masters +30, the max. on the educationally based pay scale, so they aren't in a lot of training, but still have a minimum numbers of CEU's to keep up on. Sure, they get from mid June to mid August off of 'normal' work, but still plan and prep for the next year, and keep up on trainings, etc.
post #9 of 13
opps
post #10 of 13
I am envious of friends who are stay-at-home parents and do not have to schelp their kids to day camp and then head off to a day in the office during the summer. I work at a school and there are plenty of teachers working or desperately underemployed during the summer.
post #11 of 13
I'm not a teacher but I work in the schools so I get the same holidays, etc off. Actually I get more because I don't have to attend staff meetings or anything like that. I was off 2 days before the teachers were & unlike them I don't have to be back until the day the students come back(teachers have to be back in the school 1 week before it starts).

I can sleep in, but that's becuase my kids are older & more independent. I'm still usually up by 8:30, except right now because dh's gone on holidays & I can slack off on the housework while he's gone.lol

I'm still just as busy as I was when the kids were in school, my days are just as scheduled as they were before.
post #12 of 13
I think teachers totally deserve the summer off. The teachers at my older kids' middle/high school go on extended trips with their students during the year and only get about a month off in the summer. They spend a lot of time planning and creating their curriculum.
My youngest child's teacher gets the usual summer break off but is 150% "on" during the school year.
I think they all deserve more pay in addition to the time they get off.
post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by yogamama View Post
I am envious of friends who are stay-at-home parents and do not have to schelp their kids to day camp and then head off to a day in the office during the summer.
Some of them are envious of you too.
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