Sunset over a seaside town.

“Summer vacation 2006 in Italy-Venezia” by skyseeker. Licensed under CC-BY 2.0, Original Source via Flickr.

When I tell people that I’m a teacher, they usually say something like, “You must love summer.”

I don’t love summer. I don’t like summer.


Unlike elementary and secondary teachers and my colleagues who work in traditional brick and mortar institutions of higher learning, I teach year-round. I don’t get a break during the summer months. And working in the summer is difficult because my kids are they’re home with me. During the sweltering heat of July and August, I need to grade papers, deal with house flies, and prevent my kids from killing each other. It’s tough.

However, over the past seven years, I have learned a few things about staying productive during the hot summer months. If you’re an online student and a parent and you want to keep your GPA up and keep your kids happy during the summer, here are some of my best tips:

Read more