This is a shot of my front white board. As of this morning we have 28 1/2 days of school left. (Not counting the weekends and any holidays, of course.) A lot of the kids say that I enjoy counting down because it's when I get rid of them. (Not true, for the most part anyway...) Students don't realize that we teachers work all year. We come to our class rooms, we clean, sort, organize. We think about revamping our lesson plans and then spend time doing so. We think about what worked and what didn't. We change our class policies. Many time we go to seminars or work shops, conferences and other kinds of professional development. But our life is easier when we don't have to get up at 5:00 in the morning, don't have to go to staff and department meetings and don't have to lecture and pace our lessons or monitor teenagers, give pep talks, confiscate phones or have parent meetings. We work but it is a much easier task in the summer.
All my students from this year will be seniors at the beginning of the next school year. According to the Master Board I will be teaching 3 classes of World Literature in addition to 2 classes of American Literature again. Last summer I had to adjust all my American Lit. units because of the new schedule. This summer I will need to work on my World Lit. units to fit the new schedule. But this work is done on my time, not stuck between prep periods and periods full of students. So, heck yeah! I'm ready for summer!