Thursday, May 28, 2009

Summer = Rest, Relaxation, Reflection, and Renewal

As a teacher, I have always looked forward to summer for so many reasons. Of course, I always loved the relaxation of summer, sleeping in, traveling, going to the beach with the kids. I truly believe it is this relaxing time that helps us get ready for the upcoming year. Our new students deserve our best, and our best requires that we have time away to rejuvenate and come back relaxed and reenergized.

I also look forward to summer as a time to reflect on my past year. What worked? What didn't? What did I hope to try but never got around to? What do I hope to do next year?

I hope that in the relaxation and reflection of the summer, you all join me in reflecting on how education is changing and how we can move forward this fall in addressing the new needs of our students.

To that end, there are many opportunities this summer to learn and explore this. There is the Summer Tech Institute in August and the Assessment Summit in June. There are many great book study groups that center around 21st Century Skills and our changing students. And of course, there are always endless possibilities for online learning. If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact me for more information.

And most importantly, enjoy your summer!!

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