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As another school year ends, students and educators are faced with a transition. While summer may be eagerly anticipated, transitions are not easy for everyone.
For some educators, this marks the completion of their first year, while for others, it is the end of a lifelong career and the start of retirement.
A special cause of anxiety for many members this year is the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling concerning public sector unions in the Janus v. AFSCME case. What will this decision mean for the future of the 5 million affected unionized workers?
Here are some ways to deal with the transition to summer:
- Because most educators thrive on structure, routine and schedule, accept that the transition to summer may be difficult.
- Think of summer as a time for rejuvenation and self-care. Consider taking a class or pursuing an activity that will bring you some fulfillment.
- Expect some ambiguity. Build in structure and vacation plans, but try to be flexible so you can take advantage of opportunities that arise.
- Step back and look at the big picture: reflect on your challenges and accomplishments this school year, the students you reached and your own learning curve.
- Appreciate the down time: Before you know it, September will be here so take time to recharge.
- Eat a balanced diet, get enough sleep and exercise.
- Practice gratitude.
And stay connected to your union, which is here to support you throughout the school year and during the summer, too. If you have questions, call a UFT borough office or the UFT Member Assistance Program (we are open all summer). Sharing #UnionProud content with your networks on social media during the summer will help the UFT stay strong in the post-Janus era.
The UFT Member Assistance Program offers short-term counseling and outside referrals to help you deal with a wide range of issues. You can contact MAP by calling 1-212-701-9620 or by emailing email@example.com. Appointments and referrals are available Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 50 Broadway in Manhattan.
How are you spending your summer?
Teaching summer school
Working a second job
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