Can you believe summer break is almost over? I know for many of our readers, school has already begun, but here in Northern Virginia, our students don't come back for a few more weeks. I, on the other hand, head back to work next week. And, even though summer ends every year, I'm feeling a bit stunned that it happened so fast this time around. It's hard for me to go from 0 to 60 on day one, so I'm focused this week on getting my school year mojo back. Here are some things on my to do list for the week as I prep to go back to the library.
We’re taking the week off to enjoy some vacation time! Wishing all our readers a bit of time to disconnect from #teacherlife at some point this summer before heading back to school!
This week's Take5 is a little off of our beaten BubbleUp Classroom path. Usually, we focus specifically on teaching and learning, but this week we are offering up podcast recommendations -- none of which really have to do directly with teaching or education. As I've mentioned in posts before, I think a key part of being an effective teacher is to take on the role of learner regularly. This summer these podcasts have helped me do just that, while also keeping me entertained. They have made me think about the world and its history a little differently and in doing so, I think they'll make me a better teacher when the first school bell rings this August. So savor these last few weeks of summer. Take5 and then take a listen.
This upcoming school year I am embarking on a new journey. For the first time, I will be teaching three sections of Advanced Academics History 7, classes made up of students that have been identified by my school system as gifted. During my career, I've taught special education, general education. honors, and English language learners (ELLs) for years. It's time for something new. Teaching gifted students will undoubtedly bring new challenges (and new joys). I am spending some time this summer getting my head around what my own personal approach to teaching gifted students will be.
Happy summer! Hope you are combining your summer learning with lots of time spent outside and energy focused on recharging before the next school year begins.
In this week's post, we've got a TED Talk, a cool Google tool, a podcast, tips for managing family screen time and ways to build better group projects. Take5 and jump in!
We're taking this week off to watch the World Cup (we're cheering for the incredible USWNT here at BubbleUp Classroom) and to celebrate Independence Day.
Enjoy the holiday, if you celebrate, and LET'S GO USA!
-Gretchen & Corey
I am a big proponent of change in the library -- I think it's important to rearrange, freshen things up with paint, move shelves and books, add new programs and ideas, all with the best interests of your library community at heart, of course. I personally need this kind of change in order to keep my practice fresh and focused, especially as I've just wrapped up my 13th year in the same school. This past year, one change I made was moving the location of my desk. And it made all the difference.
This week's Take5 is all about a topic that we spend a lot of time focusing on as middle school educators: TEENS. We talk screen time, cell phones, overall struggles that teens experience and ways schools can help. Then we end with an uplifting story about students who set out to build something real -- a sailboat -- and summer reading list for middle schoolers (and students of all ages).
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