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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