Finally, weeks after many of my teacher friends started break, today was my first day of summer break. That gives me five weeks off since I teach at a "modified calendar" school. I'm feeling pretty pooped from teaching and am really ready for some R&R.
When the end of the school year rolls around, the question all teachers ask each other concerns plans for time off. Mine aren't big at this point. Seriously, my biggest wish is to spend lots of time down in my studio, aka "Snippyville."
The first few days off usually involve my list making of goals for the summer. Some will be completely discarded, but I often do delve into a few things in a serious manner.
My list of what I might like to do during my time off this summer:
...stick to my diet. I have a class reunion in 2 1/2 weeks. While I won't get skinny by then, I'll settle for feeling more comfortable in my clothes.
...get that Etsy shop open.
...write up a new grant proposal for tech goodies to use in my art room
...get 5 Artist Trading Cards done for my Art Education 2.0 swap.
...watch a YouTube tutorial every day
...make a light box for taking better photos of my work
...make videos for art lessons
...tidy up the files on my work computer
...spend a few days backpacking at DollySods, WV...my favorite spot on the planet
...spend a few days in a cabin at Blackwater Falls, WV
...update my curriculum to make it interesting again for me
...try silkscreening again
...try freezer paper stenciling again
...come up with ideas for Art Club
...come up with ideas for school bulletin boards
...reorganize my art supplies (i.e. get rid of the unused things)
...find a good deal on plane tickets so my girls can fly out here late in the season
...spend time every week riding the bike up hills
...learn to take better photos of my work
Things on the list will get deleted or never dealt with. Probably some things will be added. But five weeks just doesn't seem long enough to even put a little dent in my list. I just hope that I will feel rejuvenated by the time school starts again.