The teacher looking for a summer job has many things to consider. First and foremost, there is the question of whether to stick with the field in which he or she teaches during the school year or to try out something new for the duration of vacation. The pay scale and reason for working must also be considered, as in whether this job is meant to supplement the income or to explore new interests. Some opt to volunteer their time, while others truly need the money generated by working when the school system takes a break. They take into consideration as well whether they want or need to work full-time hours or choose to do a job for a few hours per day or per week to stay busy.
Many people argue that for a teacher to stay on top in his or her field of specialization, a summer job in that field is necessary. For this reason, teachers often teach or tutor during summer school sessions or run summer camps in their fields. Some, such as science or foreign language instructors, especially at the middle school level, become either volunteer or paid camp counselors for a week to a month of the vacation period to keep their skills sharp.
Some lead study abroad trips to other countries, especially in the fields of history, art, or foreign languages, to learn along with their students. Physical education teachers keep up with their fields by training both players and volunteer coaches and referees in various sports, in camp and local recreation league programs during the break. Sometimes, a teacher may even land a summer job doing research in his or her field for the government or private, perhaps nonprofit, agencies, which usually helps those seeking the income more than an extension of their teaching duties.
However, the teacher with a healthy dose of curiosity about other interests or hobbies may use many of the same arguments to explore those over the summer. Perhaps a math teacher, for example, has an interest in theater but did not have the opportunity during the school year to explore it. He or she may choose to volunteer with a theater camp in his or her area to teach the craft of acting or set design to students, or may audition for and get paid to act in a local theater company‘s summer production.
A teacher may still tutor summer school students, but in the field he or she minored in or took up as a hobby rather that whatever his or her major was in college, for example, an English literature teacher may go along on a study abroad opportunity to Italy as the translator for the language at the hotel and on the tour bus while the art teacher leads the museum tours. This gives the teacher a chance to earn some extra income and sharpen teaching skills during the school’s break while helping him or herself learn new things along with the students being taught.