Teacher Bees– Work and Planning

posted 2 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Gold Hill Gardens

1) I would not do summer school at all. We planned our wedding in 6 months this year and I’ve been teaching for 8 years. We gave ourselves a buffer of two weeks between school and the wedding and those two weeks were INTENSE. It was ALL-WEDDING-ALL-THE-TIME – and I had planned it that way. It’s hard to teach and plan – and I know I could have done better teaching, since I spent most evenings doing wedding stuff. That’s also the thing about teaching, though. You can ALWAYS do better, you can ALWAYS do more . . . 

2) I didn’t take any personal days, but I could have. I’m a big proponent of “mental health” days.

3) I started by inviting the people in my dept I spend time with outside of school. Then added a couple of people from our adjoining dept in the building that I enjoy spending time with. That’s how I would recommend thinking about it. 

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I would not do summer school at all either. I’m almost through with the one month buffer I had between the end of school and my wedding and these have been very busy weeks.  Like hyzentlay said, all wedding, all the time.  I didn’t do anything wedding related (litterally) the last month and a half of school because school was so crazy busy, so I needed this time.  The only reason you should even consider teaching summer school was if not doing so would put you at significant financial hardship (but it doesn’t sound like this is the case).

I took one personal day, but it was more for engagement pics than planning.  FI is also a teacher and we always take one personal day together during the school year.  This past year, it was just wedding-centered.

I didn’t invite any coworkers.  There are two whom I am close enough to that I thought about inviting, though we don’t hang out outside of school much (like 2 times in 3 years).  However, I knew that one couldn’t come and I felt weird inviting the other when she would know no one, so we just did no coworkers.

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I want to know more about your summer school situation…ours goes from 7:30 to 12:30 (M to Th) but there are so few students and so many teachers it’s not hard at all.

Anyway, I got married about three weeks after school got out last summer.  I drove to NH right after school got out, and my husband got there like…four or five days before the wedding.  We’d finalized our vendors during winter break and spring break, and then I just worked on finishing everything in the weeks preceding the wedding.  It was pretty chill, though…

Whether you do summer school or not should depend on whether you need the money.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

If the money is that good, I would do one semester of summer school.  That would still leave you enough time for wedding things, and heck, couldn’t we all use the extra cash?

I am not a great example for planning as we got engaged August 2013 and got married December 2013.  I’m a teacher too and I’ll be honest, my mom did the majority of the planning because we got married in our hometown, which is a 5-6 hour drive away from where we live now.  DH spoke with our parents about venues before we got engaged as we knew we wanted a short engagement and a smaller wedding.

I didn’t invite any co-workers either, mainly because we purposely had a smaller wedding that was mostly family, but also because of the long drive and it wasn’t on a holiday/extended weekend.

I took 1 personal day – the Friday before the wedding (wedding was Saturday).  I was back at work that Monday and we took our honeymoon a few weeks later when I was on winter break.

Post # 7
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Worker bee

I wouldn’t. My wedding is scheduled for the middle of summer break this year and I seriously considered taking a short position during the first part of the summer. I am so glad I didn’t take it. I feel like everyday working on the wedding is a full time job lately! It would be way too stressful working at the same time. I realize many people don’t have the option to focus full time on their weddings for a couple weeks, but as teachers we are able to so why not take advantage of extra the time?

As for inviting coworkers, we are having a small wedding so my rule was to only invite the ones who I spend a considerable amount of time with outside of school, the ones who I called right after I got engaged. 

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

TheAnonyMouse:  I have yet to teach summer school and don’t regret it. I may in the future, but I see this as my “me” time and use it for a lot of different stuff- house stuff, curriculum planning, reading, PD, committee meetings, etc. I would choose not to teach summer school the summer of your wedding as the end can be more stressful with everything coming to an end. I got married over winter break this past school year on NYE and it was a bit overwhelming at times. If you do choose to teach, I would do one semester (13 days) so you still have a nice chunk of time to get ready without added stress. You can definitely plan a wedding while teaching, but you have to be smart with your appointments and time management (teachers are usually good at this). I only invited a handful of colleagues (and none from my current school as it was the first year of the school)-those who were really important to me. Good luck!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

1. I wouldn’t teach summer school. You will hate yourself. I’ve never taught summer school, but I hear stories. Like another poster, I planned my wedding in about 6 months and were married 3 weeks after school let out. Those three weeks leading up to the wedding were intense. The week before the wedding we were booked non-stop with last minute details. 

2. I only had to take two personal days at the end of May because final deposits were due to certain vendors and we had to meet with the even planners a month before. 

3. I only invited people from work that I actually hung out with outside of school. I invited their S/O’s as well. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

TheAnonyMouse:  

1. DO NOT DO SUMMER SCHOOL – Trust me, you will need those days. I did almost NO planning during the school year and this entire last month has been nothing but wedding. Our date is August 1, exactly 6 weeks after school ended. All wedding… all day… all the time. I don’t remember what non-wedding life is like anymore.

 

2. We were very hands off in palnning. We’re doing a desntination wedding in California (we live in Hawaii), so we took one weekend to fly out and meet EVERYONE in one day. It’s possible! You can do it!

3. I only invited my coworkers who are BFFs. There are only 3 and 1 couldn’t make it, so 2 co workers. You have work friends, and you have friends who happen to work with you. There is actually a big difference.

Good luck! We’re on the tail end here and I will be SOO happy to return to dedicating my brain to teaching.

Post # 11
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Busy bee

I would skip summer school.

I was engaged 2 days before my first year of teaching. I am getting married in 8 days! We will have a 10 1/2 month engagement.  I can honestly say I would have been in BIG trouble had I worked this summer. I found that I struggled with planning during the school year because I already had so much on my plate during the school year. Especially towards the end when my class had our camping trip, field trips, etc. 

The month and a half after the school year and the wedding have been awesome!  I have been able to get so much done. I don’t know what I would do if I was working as well.

Even my FI, who really wanted me to get a job this summer is so thankful I didn’t because he has realized how many little things add up to taking a lot of time.

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