Monday, June 30, 2008

What do teachers do all summer?

Teachers across the country are on summer break. For many, it is very well-deserved time off. Many teachers, however, must work second jobs through the summer, as these months are often salary-less and can be very stressful. Some of us also take this time to reacquaint ourselves with our own families, who often sit at the sidelines during testing, report cards, parent-teacher conferences, and the numerous other demands of this profession.

Teacher bashers often begrudge us the “free” summer, but what they don’t know is that many teachers are still quite busy during this time. Many go to professional development workshops. Some are planning ahead, examining new materials that will be used in the next school year. Others are catching up on the “latest” in education, via Internet sites and professional publications.

Very often, these summer activities reinvigorate us for the next school year. We look forward to trying new strategies and activities. I know I always use the summer as a time to reflect on my craft, and on how I can improve my practice.

Here is a list of summer reads for teachers of English Language Learners. It's on the website ColorinColorado - a wonderful resource for parents and educators of ELLs. I hope my blogging teacher friends will check it out and share it with their colleagues as well.

This summer, I'll be reading Strategies That Work: Teaching Comprehension to Enhance Understanding by Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis. I also need to come up with a new lesson plan template, where I'll be able to show how I'm differentiating my lessons. I also plan to go to many movies with my son, catch up on doctor's appointments, explore some nature trails, go to Outer Banks NC with the whole family, sleep late, read good books, and enjoy my backyard pool. (Hey, I deserve it.)

3 comments:

this brazen teacher said...

Yes you do deserve it! I'm going to Outer Banks in August with my extended family. I've never been... have you?

Cassy said...

OBX is great! We were there last summer mid-Aug, 21 of us! We rent a huge house on the beach for a week - very nice the whole family together. Going again, mid-Aug. I'll wave to you from the water!!!

TeacherDee said...

I'm going to map out my year since I'm changing grade levels. I also plan to prepare at least one GLAD unit to get me going in the fall. I've also been practicing my technique on the Slip 'n Slide in the backyard!