|Tuesdays at Two Writing Teachers!|
I think every teacher has a different response.
Some practically shout a resounding "YES!" while letting go of the worries of the school year. Some gush over increased family time and exciting vacations. Others smile with a quick "Yes, but..." and then attempt to patiently explain a few of the myriad ways teachers hone our craft over the summer.
Depending on my mood, I think I've been known to do all three, but as the political climate has shifted, I've tried to do more of the last choice. Since I've been getting more questions prefaced with "I know teachers work a lot over the summer, but...", I'll take a wild guess that many of you have been doing the same!
So, to everyone wondering if I'm enjoying my time "off": Yes, I am, but I'm really enjoying a blend of recovery, rejuvenation, and preparation!
Here's what I'm enjoying this summer:
- playing with new technology and envisioning how it will transform my students' learning
- cleaning and organizing my classroom, which always falls by the wayside
- creating new materials, from digital activities to classroom learning aids
- collaborating with colleagues across my district and outside of it
- sparking new ideas, from nudges to blog posts to presentations
- digging into standards and reflecting on my core philosophies
- pushing my thinking through professional reading, conferences, & workshops
- planning innovative activities and refining past practices
- continuing to encourage students through Goodreads and our blog
- curling up with books and notebooks
- exploring this wonderful world with eager eyes and an open heart
- savoring sweet time with my husband and parents
- and, of course, resting and relaxing, with beautiful treats like this: