As the school year ends, teachers are making vacations plans and mapping out all the shows they will binge watch. I think teachers should also begin to think about how they will stay sharp during the summer. Yes, the summer is a time to rest, but it is important teachers are prepared for the next school year. Here are the top three tips for teachers to sharpen their teaching tools during the summer.
1. Read a book that gives you new ideas.
Reading a book is a good summer activity for teachers. I encourage teachers to read a book that will give them fresh ideas for the upcoming school year. Sometimes that is all you need to prepare for the next school year. The book can be read on the plane to your destination, on the beach of your summer resort, or in your backyard drinking lemonade on your deck.
2. Reflect upon last school year.
I know it is easy once that last bell rings and those buses pull off for you to forget everything about the 2018-2019 school year. I do feel it is a good idea for teachers to reflect on the last school year. Reflection will allow for teachers to pinpoint the areas they did well and areas they need to enhance and improve.
3. Attend professional development.
There are so many opportunities during the summer for teachers to sharpen their tools and add to their teaching tool kit. Summer professional developments are quick and easy ways to stay engaged and not feel overwhelmed. One of the best professional developments being offered this summer would be a standards bootcamp.
Teachers, we owe our students our very best. Take time this summer to rest and recover, but do not forget that the summer will eventually end, and school will start again. Be sure you are ready!