Taking Time in the Summer to Renew and Grow
NCTE INBOX 5-29-13
As the school year winds down, it's time to think and plan for the summer. Some of these plans may include rest and relaxation, and some consist of professional growth opportunities. All of this leads to revitalization! Here are some examples of summer activities that lead to renewal and growth over the summer.
Spending Time with Family
What started out as a way to complete school summer reading lists, led a family to discuss not only books but ultimately, life. Read more about the mother's reflection.
Recharging with New Experiences
A teacher decides to try new things one summer, including making his debut in local community theater.
Participating in Conversations -- Face-to-Face
The summer is a great time to attend professional development experiences like National Writing Summer Institutes, seminars and institutes sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, or both!
Participating in Professional Development Abroad
A teacher attended Fulbright-Hays seminars in Poland, Hungary, Peru, and Ecuador and notes how she and her colleagues use Fulbright information in their classrooms.
Participating in Conversations -- Online
It's not always possible to attend PD in person, but there are now so many opportunities for professional conversations online. Learn more about "Online Communities: Linking Teacher to Teacher," then join the online conversations with NCTE!
Teaching Summer School
When the traditional school year is over, there are opportunities for students and teachers to head to summer school. Here are examples of a teacher helping high school students with reading and another teaching in a summer academy.
Summer is a great time for reading -- reading for pleasure, completing summer reading lists, reading to learn. This article describes how one person facilitated a summer reading program.
Stay tuned for book suggestions from NCTE members and INBOX readers!
This English Journal article asked teachers, "What Do You Do during Summer Vacation to Help You Reenter the Classroom Refreshed in the Fall?" What do you do?
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