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25 Interesting Activities Teachers Can Do This Summer Holiday

The school year 2017 came to its painful end. Oh well, I am so dramatic here, but aren’t we on the same page that we, teachers, sometimes feel that work just seems to pile up with the end so far out of sight? Even though we love our job and our students, we always look forward to those scorching months of March and April away from the humdrum of our teacher life.

If you are at the loose ends of thinking what to do this summer holiday, then it seems like you have visited the right page. I have compiled 25 ways you can do this summer. The holiday might be too short for you to recharge and gather your wits so waste no more time.

Tick any of the activities you find interesting, then grab your water bottle and snickers and off you go. Alternatively, maybe not right away, you might still need to some preparations depending on what activity or activities that caught your fancy.

25 Interesting things to do this summer!

  1. Go trekking. The Philippines is truly blessed with its superb natural beauty. For your trekking adventure, you can check Mt. Mayon, Mt. Taal, Mt. Pinatubo among others. You can visit Philippine Trails to have an idea what kind of trekking adventure you want to try.

pinatubo trekking2. Try scuba diving. Why not let your sleeves down and enjoy the pristine waters and our mesmerizing natural marine resources? You can tag along with your friends and decide where is the most convenient scuba diving spot for you all. Anilao, Batangas can be one of your lists as it is only a 2-hour drive from Manila (of course without traffic so try to head off early, AS IN EARLY!).

3.  Hit the beach. There are so many fantastic beaches you can visit. You can join the crowd in Boracay or Anawangin.

4. Try glamping. Tired of staycation, then pack up a few things, invite your friends and go glamping.

5. Go surfing. Feel the waves in Baler or Siargao.

6. Have a picnic with friends or family. Prepare your blankets and that yummy food before spending a leisure afternoon having a picnic with friends or family. You can go to Rizal Park, Quezon Memorial Circle, Burnham Park, and more.

7. Visit museums. Summer holiday is also a perfect time for you to be re-acquainted with your artsy self. I have read so many raving reviews about Pinto Art Museum in Antipolo, so I included it is on my bucket lists. See Travel Up and read her review about this beautiful contemporary museum. Go for a bike ride. Pedal your way to

8. Go for a bike ride. Pedal your way to La Mesa Nature Reserve or at UP Diliman Trails.

10. Go on a nature walk. Take it easy and calm your nerves by taking a walk at La Mesa Eco Park or Fort Bonifacio.

11. Visit your local library. Nothing beats the quiet solace of a library. Go to Quezon City Library or at the National Library.

12. Indulge your reading craving. Holiday or not, I heart reading. This vacation is a perfect opportunity to cross-out some in your reading list. For chick lit lover, I recommend “One Plus One” by Jojo Moyes. If you are into serious literature, you can read the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, “The Sympathizer” by Viet Thanh Nguyen. In nonfiction, check out “Designing Your Life” by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans.

13. Play board games in the afternoon. Spend some lazy afternoons with your family by playing board games. Nothing beats Scrabble or Monopoly partnered with refreshing iced tea and yummy snacks on the side. By the way, what’s your favorite ‘merienda’?

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13. Go to the gym. If you want to have your beach body ready for next summer, then go and hit the gym now. I am a lifetime member of Slimmer’s World and trust me, the number of times I have been there won’t make it a lifetime.

14. Go on a food trip. Rushed meals are so typical for teachers due to hectic schedule and tons of paperwork during the school year. Hence, summer is the time for you to savor and enjoy each bite. Try to visit Maginhawa St for your next food trip. Check out this blog post to know some of the food places in Maginhawa St.

15. Learn to play any musical instrument. It is always never too late to learn something new. So whether you want to strum a guitar or play piano, the summer holiday is a perfect time to enroll in a music school near you.

16. Learn how to bake. You can install BigOven or Yummly Recipes and Shopping List on your phone. It is available both on Android and Apple.

baking

17. Learn how to cook. Try spicing your dinner by trying out new recipes. There are so many new recipes that you can try. You can also use the apps I mentioned in the previous number.

18. Try yoga. As a beginner, you can try these yoga poses for beginners found in here. It would be great if you attend a class. However, if you are not feeling confident with the group as you try your feel of the poses, you can start at home and do simple yoga poses.

19. Drink Smoothies. Being healthy doesn’t need to be expensive. You can mix your own nutritious and yummy smoothies. You can try these mixes.

20. Indulge your cravings with “halo-halo”. Have you tried Razon’s “halo-halo”? You can visit these places described in Candid Cuisine for some best-tasting halo halo around the metro.

halo halo

21. Sleep. We, teachers, are mostly sleep-deprived during the school year. We can use this summer holiday to indulge ourselves in that long, undisturbed sleep. No irritating alarm to douse us off our rem sleep.

22. Visit churches around the metro. Holy Week coincides with the summer break. You can visit some of the impressive churches around Manila like San Agustin Church.

23. Revamp old lessons. Preparing early for the next school year is also not a bad idea. It can release stress especially when you’re nearing the opening of the school year. Get those old lesson plans or lesson notes you have. Find ways on how you can improve those lessons based on the reflections you made.

24. Enjoy window shopping. Shopping is expensive so just window shop. Adhere to minimalism. Aircon during the day will break your purse, so go to the nearest mall to your home and chill. Just don’t buy unnecessary stuff.

25. Quench your thirst for PD. You can also brush up your knowledge on pedagogy and best practices in the classroom. I’m sure there are some seminars scheduled even during vacation. Try to save up for The Filipino Teacher’s, first seminar workshop on engaging students in the classroom. This will also be our first time to meet and share ideas with you. Together, we will embark on a learning journey to improve our skills in teaching and our best practices in the classrooms. Place your details here in this google form and we’ll send you how to reserve your seat!

There are so many things to explore, experience, and learn during summer holidays. Don’t be a couch potato. Don’t kill too much time watching Netflix. Explore your community. Go out there and experience life.

Do you find any of the suggestions fascinating? What is it? What do you intend to do this vacation? Please post your comment below and share your summer escapade with us.

4 Ways Introvert Teachers Can Survive Teaching

For Introvert teachers, Teaching is probably more challenging for them compared to extroverted teachers.

I speak from experience.

I’m an Introvert. I get exhausted easily by being around people for a long time. How much more if these people are high-energy children?

I’m lucky to teach a small class size, but how about if you’re handling a large class? How do you survive the day as an introvert?

Here are 4 strategies that have served me well:

1. Recharge well after your classes. Every time alone away from the students should be used to recharge. Get a snack, do some quiet walk,  exercise or simply be alone in your thoughts would help you recharge.

exercise

2. Sleep well and eat well. This gives you the much-needed boost to meet the energy of your students and for your patience to be really long. Being in a crowded, noisy classroom can be overwhelming for introverts. Keeping your body in good condition can give that extended boost to fight off the overwhelming feeling in a classroom.

3. Have your students do collaboration/group activities, instead of being too teacher-centered with all the attention on you. By having them in groups, you can go around and focus on each group. Introverts do well handling a small group, rather than one whole big group.

teacher student relationship

Free Trait Theory

4. Apply the Free Trait Theory developed by Professor Brian Little. I read about this theory in the wonderful book by Susan Cain, Quiet: The power of Introverts in a world that can’t stop talking.

 

In this theory, we are all born and culturally endowed with certain personality traits, for example, being an introvert. But we are also capable of acting out of character in the service of “core personal projects”.

What this means is that we, the introvert teacher, can act like an extrovert for the sake of teaching, which is our calling.  So in the classroom, we play the extroverted educator, while outside it, we revert back to being an introvert.

I suppose if teaching is not your calling, this strategy would be hard to apply since it’s not a “core personal project” for you.

By apply the Free Trait Theory, it will be like doing some sort of acting, being a performer in the classroom.

Interestingly, the students of Professor Brian Little don’t believe or can’t imagine their beloved professor as an Introvert because of his dedication to teaching, his true calling.

So there, 4 strategies to help you, the introvert teacher. Do you have ideas to add on? Please share them in the comments below.

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TFT will also host its first ever Professional Development Workshop for teachers.  As we will be opening a tutorial center, it will be held there. The name of the tutorial center is Bruner Learning Hub located in Maly, San Mateo.

If you’re interested, please fill in your details in this Google form. We will email you the payment details and how to reserve your slot. Only 12 slots for this seminar-workshop! Register and book your slot today!