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The Science Teacher Summer Bucket List

You did it! 

Congratulations! You made it to the end of the school year.

It is finally your time to rest, relax, and recharge. 

I have put together a teacher summer bucket list of activities for you. This is just for fun and to remind you that the summer is YOU TIME! Give yourself some self-care and have some fun.


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Ideas for your teacher summer bucket list

  • Read a book (one that you choose!)
  • Catch up on sleep
  • Binge watch your favorite show or find a new one
  • Go to your local swimming pool
  • Have a picnic – in fact, have many picnics! This is one of my favorite things to do in the summer.
  • Go out to lunch with friends 
  • Take a walk in the park
  • Find a new podcast to listen to
  • Go away for a night on your own
  • Make a movie list and make your way through it
  • Go on vacation
  • Drink your coffee while it’s still hot
  • Paint a picture or join an art class
  • Go for a hike
  • Have a clear out – clothes, kitchenware, old books, etc.
  • Learn a new hobby – or pick up an old one you didn’t have time for during the school year
  • Journal
  • Don’t rush through eating (yep, you don’t have a class to teach straight after lunch!)
  • Have a bonfire with friends and family
  • Go camping
  • Clean and organize your house the way you want to
  • Take a nap
  • Socialize with adults – dinner, drinks, mini-golf, etc.!
  • Run errands when you want to
  • Prepare for next school year (only if you want to)

*insert car braking noise here*

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Yep… I said it… Prepare for next school year.

That last idea is only if you want to. Some teachers want to plan for next year so it’ll be an easier transition. If that is you, then here are some things you can do over the summer to prepare for the upcoming school year.

Summer activities to prepare for the new year

  1. Join a summer conference
    If you’re going to plan for next school year, attending a summer conference would be great. If this opportunity is available for you, you can attend without having to write substitute plans or miss class. Sometimes, you can even find free summer conferences that are held virtually, which would be ideal. If this is the case, you can work at your own pace and complete it as you wish.
  2. Browse Pinterest for new and fresh lesson ideas
    I love Pinterest. There are so many ideas that work for any classroom. I don’t know about you, but I could spend hours on this platform! I get so many lesson ideas, as well as ideas about organizing my classroom. Be sure to check out and follow my Pinterest page here.
  3. Watch science documentaries
    Science is always changing and there are always new science documentaries coming out. Take some time to review the ones you haven’t seen. These new documentaries can simply interest you, or you could be looking for new and fresh videos to show your classes. Remember, always watch any video (in its entirety) before showing it to your class! Summer is the perfect time to do this.
  4. Read professional development books and blogs
    While it may not be your first choice of genre, some professional development books are great for teaching. Books about teaching offer different perspectives and opinions about the profession and cause you to think and reflect on your winning practices. There are also some great teaching blogs and social media accounts out there that share helpful ideas for the classroom.
  5. Organize your Google Drive
    I don’t know about you, but my Google Drive always becomes a mess by the end of the year. Then, I don’t do anything with it and it’s still a disaster when I return back to the classroom. I always wish I had cleaned it up sooner. This is something that can be done while watching TV or on a rainy day.
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Teachers work so hard – enjoy your summer!

Remember, summer is a time to relax, recharge, and enjoy yourself. You’ve worked hard all year long and you deserve a proper break!

I hope my teacher summer bucket list gives you some ideas and excitement for the summer!

If you do decide to do some prep for next year, set a time limit on it.

Alright my teachie friend, I hope you found these ideas helpful and that you enjoy your summer!

If you want to stay in touch over the summer, be sure to sign up to my newsletter where I pop into your inbox once a week. 

Have a wonderful break,

Emma The Teachie