While most students can enjoy the summer guilt free, it's tough as a teacher to walk away from thinking about the job for 10 weeks straight. Throughout the year, I've been dumping a ton of stuff into the "summer-fix" pile. The unit didn't go well? I'll fix it in the summer. The videos need upgraded? A summer fix will handle it. And now that the season is finally here...I've completely forgotten everything I was going to work on. I feel ok about it...but I know that the guilt it lingering.
The solution is simple: Find one productive thing to do each day. Maybe it's as simple as tuning up a unit, a project, a lesson, or curriculum plan. Maybe it means reading some articles and taking notes, maybe it means reading a real book. Regardless, something productive each day will get the job done, free the guilt, and keep the summer simple yet interesting.
For those of you who work all summer, you have my sympathy. To those that don't, give yourself something to look back on and be proud. There are few feelings worse than looking back in August and thinking "what, oh what, did I accomplish?"