Would you trade your summer off for more pay?

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  1. UpperMidwest

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    I made this post in a comment in a post but I thought I would create a new thread because I am curious.

    If you could not get the whole amount of time off with your teaching job, and instead only got 2-3 weeks of vacation time a year, would you go into/continue teaching if you made 25% more to compensate for loss of time off?
     
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    Maybe.

    But with even 25% more, I can't give a stronger answer. I know I would consider it. If it were a bigger raise, my yes answer is more likely.

    But I really like my summer break, and the 2-3 weeks isn't all that impressive, and I would be paying a lot in summer daycare

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    Ugh, maybe it's because I'm in the home stretch of the school year, but my mind increasingly says it would take a pretty big salary for me to trade summer vacation. Our school breaks are indeed one of the perks of the job. Plus, a lot of us find teaching fairly stressful (even in a good way)... would 2-3 weeks of vacation really cut it? Which I know sounds like I'm aiming for the traditional summer break vacation equivalent, but perhaps that itself answers the question...
     
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  4. Aces

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    Iunno that's a hard question to answer. I really like my summers off and everything else.
     
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    I'm retired now, but there is NO WAY I would have ever traded my summers off for more pay. Quality of life and time with my family have always been more important to me than money.
     
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    Nope. I would need a whole lot more money. I like my bunch but still I need my break.
     
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    Here's my response from the other thread:

    I only have 3 more years before I retire, so would probably stick it out because the extra salary would help to pad my nest-egg. If I was mid-career, I would have to consider it carefully; with the current workload expectations, I need more time away from the classroom than that.
     
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    HE** NO!!!!!!!
     
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    I need my summer. I don't mind giving up 2 weeks for pay, and I do that every summer (1-2 weeks), but I still have 6 weeks left. I need that.
     
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    Will you still get that as an admin? Our admin work year round.
     
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    We get like 2 1/2 months off. I could comfortably give up 1 of those months for more pay, and often do when I teach summer school. I think a full month ends up being more than enough for me to recuperate.
     
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    There's a period I won't have work kinda in the middle of the summer break. It's like 2/3 weeks after the end of the year and is 3/4 weeks long. Then it's back to work before the start of the school year. Which I'm not exactly sure what all that involves. I'm assuming things like getting the building set up, paperwork, etc. I was told I'll get the 411 on that well.... On the job training.
     
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    But of course I'll still need to be reachable/emails/etc.
     
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    50% raise, yes. 25%, nah.
     
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    One of the main reasons I went into teaching was to have Christmas break and summer break. If I didn't get that, I'd leave the profession. I could work somewhere else for a lot more than 25% more, with 5-6 weeks of leave per year. Vacation that I can take any time of the year and work that ended when I walked out of the door.
     
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    Agreed.

    If I was making normal pay for a year round, typical schedule job, I'd choose a different job. Maybe I'd try to be a park ranger at a state or national park, or a librarian, or a store manager in retail. Maybe I'd go into publishing. If the money was equal across the board, I'd choose something less stressful but still impactful, or I'd choose something that made good enough money that the stress was semi worth it.
     
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    We usually only get 6 weeks in summer. Then we get a week in October, a week or two in December, and sometimes a week in April if we haven’t missed for snow.

    I’d need a decent chunk of money to continue. Teaching is too mentally exhausting.
     
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    I would do 9-10 weeks on and 2-3 weeks off year round.
     
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    I would totally get rid of the long summer break for 25% more pay. As I posted in the other thread, I tend to get bored with the long summer anyway. However, I would not want to give up all of the other breaks. We get a week at Thanksgiving, two weeks at Christmas, and a week at spring break. If I were getting all of those plus 2 weeks at summer, I'd definitely take the higher pay. If we were talking 2 weeks total vacation for the entire year, including all holidays, no way.
     
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    My general impression is that principals tend to make about 50% more than the average teacher. But they do not have the entire summer off, and have to go to certain sporting events and other school sponsored events.
     
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    I would prefer staggered breaks throughout the year.
     

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