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One of the greatest pet peeves of almost every teacher is the number of times they are reminded of how ‘lucky’ they are to get a two-month summer vacation.

What many people do not realize, of course, is that teachers often push themselves to the limit to ensure that their students reach their full potential. This means working well into the evening on busy school days, enrolling in workshops, revising lesson plans, and reassessing the curriculum during vacation.

This work means that teachers’ social lives look very different from those of average nine-to-five office workers. Indeed, the following facts about teachers’ social lives may help put to rest some of the galling myths about school vacations:

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1. Free time is like gold dust, and socializing can feel impossible

Teachers always have a lot on their plate.

Their list of daily tasks outside of school hours could include the following:

  • Grading papers.
  • Planning lessons.
  • Researching teaching methods.
  • Taking on part-time evening tutoring.
  • Running parent-teacher conferences.

Not to mention the time spent doing necessary household work and looking after their children. Most teachers want to squeeze in an episode of their favorite box set before bedtime. Socializing is often the last thing on a teacher’s mind during a busy semester, and it can feel impossible to fit friends and family into the schedule.

2. A restricted social life can generate stress

Socializing is vital when it comes to maintaining good mental health. Indeed, lack of social contact can result in stress and a raft of other problems, such as poor self-esteem, cardiovascular issues, and depression. If you’re a teacher struggling to socialize, try to mark a few hours in the week out for unwinding with friends. It will help to reduce stress and could even improve your teaching skills.

3. Teachers are worried about a lack of privacy in public

Socializing often involves going to public places such as restaurants or the cinema with friends. For teachers – particularly those working in close-knit communities – this brings the possibility of bumping into students and parents. This lack of privacy can concern teachers, particularly as student-teacher interactions outside of school have become a hot topic in recent years. If you are a student or parent that spots a teacher in the ‘outside world’, try to leave them be!

4. Teachers love to socialize with other teachers

For teachers, there’s nothing better than offloading job-related stress to someone that understands. Educators love socializing with colleagues; although free time may be limited, they always make the most of their nights out!

5. The joy of teaching is worth it

Although teaching can seriously hinder a person’s social life, the joy that comes with the job is usually fantastic compensation!