5 Reasons to Plan for a Summer Vacation

The importance of educators recharging cannot be underestimated; indeed, given the myriad of stresses of teaching, taking time to rest and get away is just about imperative.

However, during those too-short summer months, teachers often take a second job, take professional development classes, or even begin planning for next year.
These options can be detrimental. With that in mind, today on TeachHUB.com, frequent contributing writer Janelle Cox, herself a seasoned educator based in Upstate New York, looks at five reasons why teachers need to start planning for a summer vacation now.

  • Janelle’s reasons include:
  • Teaching is Exhausting
  • Happy Teachers Make Nicer Teachers
  • And More!


Janelle sums up her article like this, in a paragraph entitled, “Do it for Your Yourself and Your Family”: “Life is about making memories. A summer filled with work and online courses is a not a summer that you will want to remember. Spend time with your family now and make memories that will last a lifetime. You do not want to look back at your summer vacation and say, “Wow, I had so much fun tutoring children and taking professional development courses.” You want to look back at your summer and say “Wow, I had so much fun spending time with my family that I feel relaxed and ready to go back to work.””

Have you made time for a summer vacation? If so, what are your plans? Please share your thoughts and plans!


Minecraft in the Classroom Teaches Reading and More

It’s the video game that’s taken the world by storm! Chances are, you know at lest one kid who’s obsessed with Minecraft, that building video game that owes more to Legos than it does to Pac-Man.

Minecraft seems low-tech and blocky, but beneath its simplicity is a powerful program run but scads of algorithms.

Kids and adults are completely taken with Minecraft – but did you know the game also has reams of educational uses?

It’s true, and recently, frequent TeachHUB.com contributor Jacqui Murray took a long glance at the game’s classroom capabilities, and her findings will astound you. She learned that Minecraft addresses:

    Reading
    Problem-solving
    Writing
    And More!

Do you have any fresh uses for Minecraft in the classroom?