Of course, anyone who pays attention will notice that I am constantly thinking (to a fault) about the new school year during the summer weeks. I visualize Open House, the first day of class, and all of our forthcoming over-the-top units and projects, and I picture it, every year, as being the perfect year - the year that everything comes together for this teacher. The year I have it completely figured out.
Truth be known I am very thankful for an extended time away. After nine months in the classroom and facing all the aches and pains that come along with the job and its peripheries, I don't know of a teacher who doesn't in some degree look forward to some weeks off.
The misnomer, then, must be this idea that I am getting paid for a vacation in which I am not working. Not only do I put in many hours planning and preparing for the next year - and this year organizing things in the physical classroom - but as mentioned above, I also spend countless hours of unpaid overtime during the regular school year. It all averages out to a point that I may actually be spending hours working for nothing.
And I'm not ready for summer to end yet. With school supply lists already in stores, it's very much like seeing Christmas decorations in October. Let's not rush things, people!