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Volume 3 Number 7

Barbara & Sue Gruber help us "to stay energized and enthusiastic about teaching" during our summer break...
Apple Seeds by Barb Erickson
Special Days This Month by Ron Victoria
Poem - July
The Lighter Side of Teaching
  • YENDOR'S Top Ten
  • Nine Out Of Ten Prefer Nine by Goose
  • Schoolies
  • Woodhead
  • Handy Teacher Recipes
    Classroom Crafts
    Help Wanted - Teaching Jobs
    "Story Wheels" from the Lesson Bank by Angela Ackley
    Upcoming Ed Conferences
    Letters to the Editor
    Teachers.Net Survey Making the Most of Summer To Prepare for the New School Year
    Teachers.Net Survey Will You Be Employed This Summer?
    Ending on a Great Note by Rita/KY
    Managing a Hostile Class
    A Famous Teacher
    July Columns
    July Articles
    July Informational Items
    Gazette Home Delivery:

    Teachers.Net Survey... by Kathleen Carpenter, Editor in Chief
    Another informal survey:

    Will You Be Employed This Summer?

    Readers responded:

    I will be intermittently employed this summer. I will be teaching a three-week half-day summer reading program at my school. I will also be teaching two literacy workshops and two technology workshops for teachers through our intermediate unit. That will take up about half of my summer.

    I have done summer school each of the past three years. This is my first year for the workshops. I do it to make a little extra cash to help pay my student loan and save for a vacation. I also do it because I have no children yet and so I have the time and like to keep busy. The summer reading program is actually a lot of fun! We plan theme days every week. Sandy

    This might be the first summer in YEARS that I haven't worked :-). We bought property in the UP of Michigan and plan to spend most of the time there - relaxing!!!!!

    I usually work as a summer school teacher - mornings for 6 or 8 weeks. Some summers I tend bar.

    It gives me some extra cash and keeps me busy. KindergartenCop

    Define working- LOL I am taking 2 grad classes, planning for next year, and catching up on housework that I have neglected since I started my 1st job in December- LOL! But in the way of a job... NO WAY! I plan on sleeping in and catching up on trash t.v. (kidding about the trash t.v. of course.) An interesting point that I want to bring up: A few of my friends have told me-, "You will get bored, why not go work in a day camp for the summer?" I beg to differ- I can finally READ (something I needed to put off because of school demands) and just take time to recover from my first year of teaching. LOL! Plus, I really feel that this is my time that I earned to relax and a $8.00/hour job just isn't worth it. Jacey

    I have contracted 7 weeks of working with teachers concerning writing.

    I love doing it. Keeps me on my toes.

    It is worth my time to do it financially. I will make what I would make in 3 months of teaching and I am at the top of the salary scale. Foolish?

    I'm growing heirloom tomatoes (the different colored ones that are hard to find) and flowers to sell at a farmer's market. It's sort of work but it's something I love to do, and am glad I have the summer off to do it! I'm also taking 2 grad classes and catching up on all of the housework that has been neglected. Betty/1/VA

    Probably teaching summer school again. Have taught summer school for two years, good $$, short sessions. If that doesn't work out, I'll be cleaning out our basement, for which nobody will be paying me, drat. Magoo

    I was a math tutor during summer school after my first year of teaching. I have since learned that I already put a full year's worth of work into 10 months during the year, plus training and workshops and staff development during the summer. I swore I would NEVER teach summer school again, nor would I have a summer job. So far, so good!

    Summer is the time to spend with my beautiful children (ages 5 yrs. and 22 months,) read books, take naps, and do what I want to do, WHEN I want to do it! (Like spending time floating in the pool!)

    Those of you who like working on your summer/off track time, more power to ya! Sara

    In June I teach two college classes, as well as two creative writing "camps" for junior high kids. This makes me about $5,000. In July, I will be drunk by the pool!! :) LOL gypsy

    Nope, I don't intend to work during the summer. I told my husband when I was still subbing that if I ever got hired, my days of working in the summer would be over. Some might say I'm stupid in light of the fact that my husband's track record at keeping a job is extremely poor, but I work hard during the school year, and I intend to relax or go to school during the summers.

    Hope I didn't sound cranky…I don't mean to! lee/sped :-)