We're in the midst of summer and I've been thinking about how to ensure I am ready to jump into the new school year refreshed and full of energy to bring out the best in myself and my students. I love summer for the time it offers me with my own children, for its slower pace, for spending long days out in the sunshine. I also like that in the education profession, summer gives us a reset. This week's Take5 focuses on ways teachers can use summer to its fullest.
Summer's here...or almost here for most of us! That's right, in Northern Virginia school is STILL in session! Just three more days! We've got sunshine, flip-flops, beach books, and of course, professional development on our minds. It's important to take time in the summer to focus on our professional practice so that we can come back to school in August, prepped and ready to engage with our new students.
This week we are thrilled to have our pointers for finding ways to reflect, reach out and re-imagine featured on the ASCD Inservice blog. How will you recharge this summer?
We're still in school here in Fairfax County, Virginia, but summer is getting closer--we can taste the Popsicles, smell the chlorine, feel the sunshine. My two boys (ages 12 and 8) and I have experienced summers that zoomed by so quickly that we barely noticed them happening, so to avoid that, we like to make lists to help us focus on the important stuff. Our list "100 Things to Do this Summer" included everything from blowing bubbles to opening a bank account ("Another 100 Things to Do this Summer" was the following year's creatively titled list). Our "Top 10 Day Trip Adventures" got us moving to a local farm for peach picking, a nearby-ish beach for some sand and surf, the small children's museum in a town about an hour away.
So, with an adventurous spirit in mind and no time to waste, we put together a BINGO board to help guide you and your students (or even your family) through the season, making the most of summer.
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