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Plans for the Summer?

Heather Wolpert-Gawron Middle School teacher by day, Tweenteacher by night

Hey all fellow middle school Edutopians!

I was just wondering what you guys have up your sleeves this summer. As for me, I've got a lot going on. As you know, there's this myth of truly having summers off in teaching. We are always teachers. It's not a lens you can turn on and off, right. I've written about this before here:

http://www.edutopia.org/summers-off-myth

But as for this summer, I've also got a lot planned as well:

June - school ends. As of this post, I'm still waiting to hear if I'm teaching summer school (only tuition based this year so my numbers are soft. Therefore, it's still up in the air), but regardless, my summer is devoted to finishing the chapters of my first book, Tips for Tweenteachers by Tweenteacher for EyeOnEducation Publishing. I'm also beginning research for my second book at the same time. My son's 4th birthday party is pirate themed and already a bash that is being planned for late June.

July - I get to go to North Carolina and the Center for Teaching Quality to meet some fellow members of The Teacher Leaders Network face to face for the first time. That's how it is with VLCs: you think maybe they're mythical people on the other side of the conversation and then you finally get to meet them, thus proving that the Internet expands both social and professional horizons in such great ways. Also in July is my 8th wedding anniversary and my husband and I are going to Catalina Island to try out their new zip line. Can't wait!

August - Finishing up my book, starting to get my classroom ready, and begin working on a new workbook for Teacher Created Resources. I'm also working on an article for Imagine Magazine (a magazine for gifted middle schoolers published by Johns Hopkins University). Last year, incidentally, I wrote an article for them giving advice on how to keep your brain fit for the summer. If you can find the issue, check it out, and please feel free to share it with your students.

During the whole summer, I plan to blog on both sites: www.tweenteacher.com and, of course, on the Edutopia site. I'll also be here, moderating our board, and hoping to hear from each of you throughout the summer.

So stop on by, share what you'll be doing, and have a great summer that's hopefuly full of relaxing, learning, and sharing with your fellow middle school Edutopians.

Take care,

Heather Wolpert-Gawron

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6th-8th Special Ed, LS & Mentally Gifted teacher

Busy, busy, busy

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Usually, I enjoy the relaxation of the summer schedule - not getting up with a 6 as the first number! However, I always did major planning, reading, and thinking about teaching. In addition, spent time with my family and usually traveled.

This year, no such "relaxation" for me!

-Teaching Summer School: An all day program called SLAM (Summer Learning and More!). The first time in my district. First half of day is academic; second half is "enrichment". Don't know what that means yet but should be interesting. Goes from June 28th to July 28th

-Delegate for my local union to the AFT Conference in July in Seattle.

-AVID conference in San Diego. Our school is implementing this program next year so our AVID team (I call us "Avidars") are headed to San Diego for a week long conference to learn about it.

-Continuing my Master's Degree. Started an on-line Master's Degree in Instructional Technology. My first fully on-line program. So far, so good! I'm enjoying it but does take some getting used to! Midnight deadlines are an interesting concept.

Beyond all of this, I hope to spend some time with my son who's headed to High School next year. I also plan a major reading project over the summer. One year it was catching up with Harry Potter. This year, I'm waiting anxiously for the final installment of the "Hunger Games" series!

Hope everyone gets the opportunity to truly enjoy their summer - no matter what you're doing!

Erika

Teacher Agent of Change, Power of US Foundation

One thing I would do, is to

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One thing I would do, is to raise the consciousness of families using technology by sharing and instructing with this Family Online Safety Contract

Now we could use the Family Online Safety Contract from the Family Online Safety Institute.

http://www.fosi.org/images/stories/resources/family-online-safety-contra...

Bonnie Bracey Sutton

Sun Safety Education and Skin Cancer Prevention

Sun Safety at Summer School?

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Hello-
I was curious if the summer schools/programs/camps that you have worked with have a formal/informal sun safety component for kids that reminds them of the risks of sun exposure without the proper SPF protection and clothing (hat, sunglasses, etc.).

Thank you, have a healthy summer!

5/6 grade math, 6 grade science from Louisville, Kentucky

What am I doing this summer?

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After the usual PD, sending my son off to Boy Scout Camp for 7 days, nothing much except we're GOING TO EUROPE FOR 2 WEEKS!!!!!!! I am so excited about it. Having never ventured out of the US (or even my region of the US) and always living vicariously through my globe-trotting friend (you know who you are), this is going to be such an adventure. I can't wait to show my pictures to my students. I'm just bummed that I won't be teaching geography next year.

social media and marketing manager of startup

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After the usual PD, sending my son off to Boy Scout Camp for 7 days, nothing much except we're GOING TO EUROPE FOR 2 WEEKS!!!!!!! I am so excited about it. Having never ventured out of the US (or even my region of the US) and always living vicariously through my globe-trotting friend (you know who you are), this is going to be such an adventure. I can't wait to show my pictures to my students. I'm just bummed that I won't be teaching geography next year.

Hi Bobbie,

I am sure your travel experience will be applicable to teaching the class. Maybe an integrated disciplinary approach to a lesson?

Hubert

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After the usual PD, sending my son off to Boy Scout Camp for 7 days, nothing much except we're GOING TO EUROPE FOR 2 WEEKS!!!!!!! I am so excited about it. Having never ventured out of the US (or even my region of the US) and always living vicariously through my globe-trotting friend (you know who you are), this is going to be such an adventure. I can't wait to show my pictures to my students. I'm just bummed that I won't be teaching geography next year.

Hi Bobbie,

I am sure your travel experience will be applicable to teaching the class. Maybe an integrated disciplinary approach to a lesson?

Hubert

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