Thursday, June 2, 2011

My Summer "Off"

Everyone knows teachers have the summer off, right? Actually, anyone truly in the know realizes that isn't true. Any teacher who doesn't have to prepare a new course or new lesson plans for the next year or to conduct research will probably take a second job to supplement his/her meager salary.

Here's what I'm doing with my summer:
  • Revising my book manuscript for publication. 
  • Attending the Summer Teaching Institute at my university in order to add more technological components to my class
  • Rethinking my syllabi for Composition I and the British literature survey
  • Creating a new class, a survey of British culture from 1660-present (gulp)
  • Various work on my house, including repainting the front door and deck and planting new things
  • If I have any spare time, I have several shelves of books I've been meaning to read.
  • Bird-watching
That's my summer "off." I think it's pretty sweet, myself. But I wish I had time to teach a summer class--I need the money.

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