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Confessions of a Camp Counselor

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Mrs. Bluebird of Bluebird’s Classroom details why she chose to take a “paid vacation” working at a summer camp for gifted students. Besides getting to visit with friends from her teacher-ed program, she's also looking forward to laid-back teaching lessons and the abundant supplies that she hoards for the coming school year:

The classes are small, and you get time to actually do all that fun, hand's on stuff that I enjoy and the kids love. This year I'm teaching math, art, kites, and a new one on pioneers. I always ask to teach the last two weeks because, one, it's the younger kids (going into 3rd and 4th grade) and two, the camp directors often have a lot of leftover school supplies they don't have the space to store every year and I gladly take them off their hands.

Would visiting college friends, teaching outside of NCLB's restrictions, and a camp counselor’s salary be enough to entice you to teach at a summer camp?

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Absolutely. And it's important to note that summer camps/classes give some teachers an opportunity to work on a subject they love, are qualified to teach, but can't practice during the year [I taught woodworking/welding one summer in a camp setting].

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