Breathe...You Made It!
Well, it’s officially summer vacation for students and teachers across the country. As educators, we all know how insanely hectic the end of the school year is. From wrapping up curriculum, to combating apathy and laziness in our students whose minds are ready to check out for some summer fun, to slowly stripping the artifacts of the year off the classroom walls, the final weeks of any school year are exhausting. It’s tough to explain how that last day of school feels to non-teachers. For many of us, it is a day of mixed emotions as we say goodbye to students who have become “our kids” over the course of the year…even those who tested our patience every chance they got! The day usually ends with lots of hugs, maybe some tears, and perhaps an impromptu cartwheel or two down the quiet empty hallway as the reality of vacation sets in! I freely admit having done that in the past, so I will pass no judgement to fellow wannabe gymnasts!
While the sweet smell and feel of summer vacation are immeasurable, it seems that educators and parents alike are all too aware of the potential pitfalls of an otherwise necessary and rejuvenating break from academia. Sometimes called the “summer slide,” this time of fun in the sun can often leave students one step back from where they left off at the end of the previous school year. Considering those young brains have gone from roughly six hours a day immersed in a learning environment to probably the equivalent amount of time in recreation, it’s no wonder they get a little out of practice. Flexing that mental muscle throughout the summer is a must and this is a time when parents often seek out qualified tutors to keep their young learners on track for the upcoming school year.
Sometimes teachers take a bit of a hit in the summer, too. Not an academic “summer slide,” but a bank account “summer slide!” Let’s face it…all that time off naturally turns into day trips, outings and adventures that chip away at those funds…especially for those with kids of their own to entertain! Lots of educators turn to tutoring to make a little extra money on the side as a result, but I have spoken with many teachers over the years who just aren’t sure how to get started with tutoring. Some don’t know what to charge for their time or what the potential income could be from tutoring, some aren’t sure what to expect for time requirements and some aren’t sure where to get resources to use with their students outside of the classroom. However, once teachers overcome those hesitations, they wonder why they ever hesitated in the first place!
Over the next couple of weeks, the Tutor Teach Coach blog will focus on answering those questions and giving tips and tricks to get your own tutoring side work up and rolling. Wouldn’t you love to get started now and then keep that extra income rolling in throughout the school year? Stay tuned for next week’s blog on the income potential from private tutoring work. “See” you in your inbox or news feed soon. Have a great week and Happy 4th of July!
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