We’ve gotten a number of new smartphones recently to replace ones that were dropped, lost, worn out, refusing to work, etc. It’s brought up discussions of how long phones can run, how apps make battery life less, and how it’s really helpful physically and mentally to put the phone down well before bed to not get worn out by the tech yourself.

This is the first summer I’ve not taught some version of summer school since the early 1990s. The extra money has been great for trips or house projects but I consciously decided to take some time away from things of the classroom to focus on a few home projects and a few pet projects. I figured it would be a good way to spend the summer – projects, family, and time to relax.

It’s hard to write this without sounding cheesy but I can see why sabbaticals are so sought after. I’ve had time to play around with setting up a gaming YouTube channel with my kids which has sparked some ideas for video resources for my classes. I’ve researched travel opportunities to work on research projects around the world. Painting and power-washing have allowed me think and prayer time. I’ve been approached to help with a future online teaching community that I could not have said yes to before. And in general for a guy who was thinking about the 15 years between now and retirement more than he ever has, I’m really looking forward to getting back to school this fall – just not right away.

Find a way to give yourself a sabbatical if only for a weekend. I’m planning on sharing some things about creativity over the summer as I continue to ponder working this fall with 100+ Algebra students for whom math is probably not their favorite subject. I’m thankful due to construction I get a few extra weeks to recharge. In today’s world, we need to be more intentional about recouping our energy. Be sure to do it.

About Aaron Hayes

Husband, father, and math teacher (usually in that order). Love sane use of technology in the classroom, great questions, and using time wisely. Current dreams: do some consulting and get on a particular team-based reality show.
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