As we drift into summer, we often hear about the three Rs – reading, (w)riting, and (a)rithmetic. But as Dale Basye reflects over on our online community, NWEA Connection in his post – The 3 Rs of Summer? Please… How About 10?! – there’s a lot more to summer than those three. Given how short the summer break really is for teachers (and students), it’s certainly worth sharing!
- Rejoice – Teaching is no easy task and using the summer to relax and enjoy is important. As Dale says, it’s important to blow off some steam and pat yourself on the back for a job well done!
- Rest – The school year was filled with early mornings so it’s okay to sleep in, unwind, and de-stress – and the summer is a perfect time to do just that.
- Reflect – Now that you’ve rejoiced and relaxed some, it’s good to look back on the school year and ask yourself some questions. As the post suggests… “What worked? What could be improved? What were some victories? And what were some challenges?”
- Roam – This is your chance to get out of the house (and school) and travel – perhaps to a teaching conference. (We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention our own Fusion conference next week!) But there are certainly other worthwhile events out there that can help hone your teaching skills.
- Recharge – Dale suggests broadening your horizons with a Ted Talk or podcast. Think outside the box – or your teaching field – and juice up your creative batteries.
- Reach Out – There are so many ways these days to connect with your peers and chat about what you do. Here are some ideas from the post: “Go on a Twitteror Instagram follow frenzy (few suggestions: @nwea, @weareteachers, @edutopia). Get greedy and grab inspiring classroom photos, project ideas, and resources from Instagram. Stick a pin in some motivating classroom configurations on Pinterest. Or connect with great groups on Facebook such as Mind/Shift and Cult of Pedagogy. Go on a virtual professional development safari!”
- Reconnect – Stay in touch with your fellow teachers, and get together with them outside of the classroom. It’s okay to talk shop and get on the same page so that you all can start the new school year on a good note.
- Read – Nothing beats a good book, and summer is the perfect time to catch up on a good novel or education book that you’ve been meaning to read.
- Review – The end of summer is the perfect time to look back on what you learned over the break. “What areas do you feel more confident in now? What techniques are you excited to share with your peers? What new strategies do you feel your students can benefit from? Think about either lessons that could be improved with a new perspective, or learning objectives that might be better met with a new approach. Or how about some classroom procedures that could be improved to maximize your efficiency?”
- Ready – You’ve had your well-deserved summer break, and now you’re ready to go. Now is the time to put together some new classroom ideas and strategies that you’d like to try. Brush off those lesson plans, as the school year is about to get started.
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