Everyone knows the old teacher myth, teachers have off the whole summer. They have a full vacation for three long months. If you are like me, you are not lounging by the pool with a glass of lemonade catching some rays without a teacher book close by! Now is one of the best times to catch up on some great summer reads to improve your practice for yourself and for your students – Why? Because #Kidsdeserveit! This leads me to a suggested summer read: Kids Deserve It by Adam Welcome and Todd Nesloney. This text inspired and encouraged me to do better in my college class. For example, in one chapter the authors write about how they contacted the families of their staff via phone to give their staff member a shout out. The chapter reminded me of when I taught K-12. Every Friday we had to send home positive notes to our students. As a college professor, I got away from this practice. But, with this new inspiration I considered collecting the phone numbers of my student’s parents and calling them with the student in my office. This was not feasible for me during this semester, but I would like to do this one day. This semester I printed out a list of my students and wrote a positive note to each student throughout the semester. The response was overwhelming. Students would stop in class and mention that they received my note and how excited they were to get mail in their mailbox. Sometimes I would even get a note back! I made sure that each student received a positive note during the semester. A simple act of kindness was all it took to start building a relationship with the students.
Maybe lounging by the pool with a quick summer read isn’t your thing. Maybe you want to keep learning and attend some online PD. Below is a list of summer opportunities you may be interested in:
- Join ClassFlow Experts on July 25 for a day of learning with ClassFlow: www.classflow.com/camp-classflow
- Find links to various online learning opportunities for ClassFlow – including FREE online courses: www.classflow.com/educator-programs
- Promethean Summits
- Watch webinars related to teaching strategies and tools: home.edweb.net
- Some free days of learning offered to educators about best practices and technology tools: www.simplek12.com and free podcasts
- Want to lead your own PD? Check out the local edcamps in your area. Grab a friend and learn! www.edcamp.org