Summer Jobs for Teachers

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  1. ExcitedNewbie

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    Hi, I am a first year teacher who is looking for a summer job mid-June to mid-August. Are there any programs, camps, or exchanges that you have enjoyed working on over the summer? I appreciate the suggestions.
     
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    Every year, I either teach ESY (a program for moderate-to-severe SPED students for the purpose of skill maintenance) or the summer school program at my school. I also have done curriculum development for my district.
     
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    I've taught summer school and worked at a camp. I much preferred summer school because it was half day four days a week and I got paid probably double than what I did at camp. Camp was 8 weeks- my entire summer, and I made less money. I would do summer school again this year but unfortunately I have to do a summer practicum for my masters program. So instead of getting paid to teach summer school I'm going to pay to do the same sort of work at my college :(
     
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    I prefer to teach summer school at my school, because I get my daily rate, and I know it's a sure 5 weeks paycheck. Other districts won't pay as much, so why do the same (or more) work for less money, unless I had no other options?
    The year before I subbed at our juvenile hall, I liked, because I was getting my daily rate, and I didn't have to plan or even grade, I just showed up and the work was super easy. But it's not for 5 weeks. The upside was that I worked here and there 2-3 weeks so I didn't feel like my summer was all work, but the money was less as well.
    I'm hoping I can teach summer school again.
     
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    I work on my tan and having time with friends and family....and I tutor a few hours to buy sandals and tropical drinks.

    Other teachers I know:

    Summer school
    Work retail
    Waitress
    Nanny
    Lifeguard
    Day camps
    Dog sit
     
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    I've always done summer school, but it was so stressful last year that I'm thinking of not doing it this year! Last year I had a very rough class and was basically dealing with behavior all day. The days were also long for summer school IMO- we were there for 5 hours per day. There were no specials or lunch, so it was practically like a regular teaching day. In my other districts it was a 3 hour day, so that made a huge difference! I haven't entirely decided yet. Since I've done summer school every year, that money has kind of just been included in my salary. I did get a pretty big raise this year, but if I don't do summer school it will even out and be like I didn't get one. Decisions, decisions! Camps around here will pay around minimum wage- not worth it IMO.
     
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    I've nannied the last couple summers. It was really fun and easy. He was 6th grade when I started, so he really just needed someone to drive him around, feed him, play games, etc... This will be my first free summer since high school. I anticipate getting really bored, so I'll need to figure out some things to occupy my time.
     
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    I work on my tan after summer school - after 1:30 pm and on the weekends lol. And I really need this money so I can fly home to Hungary with my daughter and visit friends and family. A little sacrifice is a must for me.
     
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    Drivers ed teachers are in pretty high demand!
     
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    I work at a summer program for gifted kids. Pay is great for one month, then I still have a month off.
     
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    Lots of places need maids/ cleaners
     
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    I coach summer swim team and give swim lessons.
     
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    I have worked summer school in the past. Last year I advised kids at a came for a week. It was great pay for just one week so I'm going to do it again this year.
     
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    I don't think I want to teach summer school this year, so I'll either temp sporadically for my MIL's accounting office or just take a break for the first time in years. That being said, if my school offers me another three-week stint taking performing arts classes like last year, I'll do it.
     
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    Here is what I do during the summer…. nothing…. or anything that I want to do lol.
    I travel back to England to see my parents and friends, play a ton of basketball, read a lot of books.
     
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    I used to work at a Boy Scout camp, which I greatly miss as a summer job. Right now with a toddler it's not feasible, but perhaps in a few years...
     
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    Thanks for the advice! After a few weeks of applying and searching, I just got confirmation today that I have a position in the summer camp at my school... so I'll resume searching/worrying again next year.
     
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    Honestly, I would rather budget my salary and NOT have to get a summer job. I use the time to organize, finish personal projects, take grad courses, and generally recharge my batteries. I am not young enough to enjoy have kids at camp, and I am tired enough to not want to have to deal with the attitudes that can go with the students in summer school. I simply need a break. I give 100% during the school year, and I will take my unpaid holiday with a smile.
     
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    My last summer was very cramped and I would not want to do that again. I taught summer school for 5 weeks (it was ok, easy, and got out at 1:30), but we were able to go back in for up to 3 days for the 6th week for grading because half of my instruction was independent study. So i went in for about 3 hours for 2 days (I live 7 minutes from school). Then the following week I had Common Core training for 2 days, the following week Kagan training for 3 days, and then we had my last week of vacation, but on Friday we went back to school for meetings, etc.
    So I did not have even 1 whole week for myself.
    I had a nice paycheck, and had enough time to spend with my daughter, relax, go to San Diego, but I felt too rushed.

    This year I feel almost as rushed, but it's worth it. If they'll assign me, I'll teach 5 weeks summer school again (but I won't go back for grading) and that upcoming Sunday or Monday we're flying to Hungary for almost 3 weeks, and then come back by July 31st. I will have 10 days to relax a little more and prepare for school.

    It's worth it, because I will need the money, as I'm sure I will spend some while I'm there, and my funds will be pretty depleted from buying the 2 tickets (this month) and then I'm moving to a new house at the end of March.
     
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    I highly, highly respect this.

    Frankly, my old camp job was purely for the fun of it. I had time to put together things for the upcoming year, and one summer the camp job actually fulfilled a huge part of a college course I took.
     
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    I loved working at the golf course. I mowed and trimmed, weeded, and drove beverage cart. Made good money. Didn't have to plan. Worked outside.
     
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    I am not idle - I usually take some courses that appeal to me. Sometimes they advance my degrees, a certification, or simply just curiosity. Without trying to shoehorn the courses between lesson plans, long days, and commuting, this is fun to me. One summer I got paid to learn about project based learning, another was inquiry, and then there were the ESL courses that completed my Master's. I also enjoy exploring on PBS Teacherline online courses, and some of those courses have counted for credit I could use. At other times, it is just fun to be online with like minded individuals. I always spend time with my sister, and that is usually the best part of the summer. I have reached an age where I am meandering a bit, but as long as it is fun and interesting, I am good with that. It sounds like we share a love of finding something that is just fun. Fun comes in all shapes and sizes, and I just hope it comes around for many more years! ;)
     
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    Summer Camps are fun!!!! I work the ESY program every year at my school and will again this year, which I am so thankful for.

    Its for 5 weeks and the extra pay checks are great! I will have the month of August off to rejuvenate :)

    I also have a work from home job that gives me weekly paychecks as well. I need to work so I am grateful to have these jobs.
     
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    I teach at the community college level over the summer. It's a pretty easy gig. Pay isn't great, but better than nothing.
     
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    I like signing up for science research experiences. You work for a laboratory or a company doing laboratory research, and I get paid like 3 times my 1 month salary for 7-8 weeks. That and I get experience for my resume doing real science (just in case I ever want to do something different in the future).

    They also usually require you to develop curriculum for the next year so I get some planning done too.
     
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    This sounds fun!
     
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    WOW! That sounds so interesting. I am a panelist for a local Consumer Research Company and they do all kinds of studies on skincare, hair care, etc. I usually do about one study a month.

    It usually pays between $30-$100 per study sometimes a lot more.
    I am currently doing a body wash study now for 4 weeks. I'll get $80.00 once I complete it :)



    Getting that extra money is always a blessing.
     
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    Nothing like $80 and an unexplainable rash :lol:
     
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    LOL! Luckily I have never had anything like that happen.

    I do enjoy the free products though. I did a laundry study last month for $65.00 and I received 2 different laundry detergents for the month and had to compare them.

    It was really easy and I had to do my laundry anyway..also I didn't have to buy detergent for awhile which was nice too:D
     
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    I'm with this philosophy 100%. But at the same time, teaching summer school seems a quite palatable alternative. It is only 4 weeks of your summer, and the day ends at noon,and in the end, you are left with a good chunk of the summer (one month) to recharge your batteries.
     
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    I will be tutoring and waiting tables, saving up to hopefully go abroad next summer. My school is also sending me to a conference at the end of the July.
     
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    This will be the first summer in 15 years I haven't been going to school or teaching school. I know I need something to do with my time or I will be bored. Bored means eating, coming to school to work or sleeping and I really don't want to do any of those things. I NEED to have a reason to get up out of bed so I will be looking for a job this summer. There is one problem though, I live in a relatively small town and there are not that many summer jobs.
     
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    How do you find these? I did the "secret shopping" thing a few times but never with products.
     
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    We have mandatory summer school so I don't have a choice. Out of the 10 week summer I get off 4 weeks and summer school is 6 weeks so I have a few weeks to do what I want. Even if I had the whole summer off there's no way I would ever be bored. There are tons of things to do from reading, crafts, movies, lunch/coffee with friends, gardening, walking/hiking, exercise, home projects, etc. I could go on and on. Someone once told me that only boring people get bored and I totally agree! :lol:
     
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    I happen to have a research company 10 minutes from my home, so I got lucky. I was told by another Para in the building 2 years ago and have done about 1 study a month ever since. There is another company near my school, about 30 minutes away, but they make you wait about 2-3 months before you can try out for a new study.

    I would do a google search in your town/state to see where they have these companies. Most states do have them, at least we do on the East Coast.


    Hope this helps.
     
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    Also....

    I do a work from home job that is basically doing surveys (A LOT OF THEM!) on the computer, which I like. I save on gas and I can do them sitting on my couch in my jammies, sipping tea if I want:p

    I don't make a ton of money but if I can get an extra $150-200 a month from it (which I have most months) I am really happy.


    Every little bit helps!!!

    This part time income has really been a Godsend!
     
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    I take a break from teaching. I won't even teach a class at vacation bible school but I will help in the kitchen.

    I take photos on the side... portraits and weddings.

    I just started selling Jamberry Nail Wraps for extra income, too. I have my launch party going on now on facebook.
     
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    HeartDrama, there is a part of me that would LOVE to do that! How did you get involved?
     
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    I tutor every summer. While it is great money, the best part is that you can continue learning new things- during the school year I find it difficult to have enough time for everything I want to do. But when I tutor, I can take time to lesson plan for just a few students- it can actually be therapeutic because I'm not under a lot of stress to complete several other things in a limited time. This enables me to test new ideas successfully. I have found this to be extremely helpful when teaching small group during the school year.
     

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