PD for the Holiday Break: 7 Lessons and Blogs

Resources and quick reads

December 21, 2011

During my first year of teaching, I assigned students homework over the holidays. The week before we left for break, I handed out a packet on thermodynamics. It was due three weeks later. Some of my students left the room singing, "You're a mean one, Mr. B."

Many of you have some time off next week, so I thought I should reclaim my Grinch status. Therefore, I have reading assignments for you.

Homework Directions

Each day, read the assigned blog. As you read, keep in mind the following question: What New Year Resolutions can I make to engage my students in learning? (Note: Reading with a question in mind is a very effective reading comprehension strategy)

Due Date: Reflect on the guiding question and post your answer in the comment section by January 2.


Every good assignment should start with a hook. If this title doesn't get you interested nothing will.



  • Inquire Within is a group blog that explores inquiry in the classroom. More than two dozen bloggers share their thoughts and classroom experiences inquiring with their students. The post, A Fish-Friend Inquiry describes an authentic inquiry generated by a young child's interest in finding a suitable friend for a fish. In Make Time for . . . Curiosity, Tyler Rice asks, How do you honor student curiosity in your classroom?


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