For the past two summers, I was completing my Master's program through Simmons College. As I consider myself a lifelong learner, I have decided this year to find other methods to help me become a better teacher.
Here are some of the ways that I am working this summer:
*Tweeting through Twitter: I am continuing my professional development by participating in Twitter Chats. A Twitter Chat is a group of people meeting at a specific time on Twitter for a specific purpose. On Mondays, I am involved with a group of (mostly) 4th grade teachers for #4thchat. We have discussed such topics as: Writing Conferencing, Editing, Homework and much more. On Tuesdays I participate in #5thchat and on Thursdays #6thchat. By participating with these groups I have extended my professional development.
|My Tweetdeck showing #4thchat & #elemchat conversations.|
*Blogging: I continue to keep this blog updated. I am currently working on a "Slide into Summer Series" as a guide for parents to help their child keep up their skills. Writing a blog often involves some type of research which also allows me to keep up my skills as well. Not only will I continue to write my blogs, but I will continue to read the many educational blogs to which I subscribe. In this way I will learn from my peers.
*Attending Conferences or "Unconferences": This year I have decided to be involved in some Unconferences. Read here to learn about such events and How to Prepare for it. At the end of July I plan on attending an online Conference called: RSCON11. Educators from all over the globe will be presenting to educators from all over the globe for free thereby, sharing their expertise with those trying to learn new skills.
In August I plan on attending EdcampCT. This unconference will take place in Connecticut in the United States. Again, it is free, presented by educators for educators. Anticipating that I will be learning a great deal over the next two months.
@mrsd5107) speak about the Daily5 and Daily CAFE, I decided I would acquire the book to learn more. The Daily CAFE, which was designed by Gail Boushey & Joan Mosher, is a way of "helping students understand and master strategies used by successful readers."
Another book I have just recently purchased is "The Book Whisperer", by 6th grade teacher, Donalyn Miller. It came highly recommended by many of my Twitter friends. I am hoping that it will provide more strategies that will help "awaken the inner reader in every child" in my classroom!
It is important for students and teachers, to continue their learning during the summer hiatus to avoid the 'summer slide'. Of course, having fun and coffee is also allowed!