Summertime (and school)
Once we get into the month of May, students and teachers start to think about summertime. Warm weather, schools out, vacation, camp. Everyone says, "I can't believe the school year has gone by so fast." Seniors graduate, elementary students "graduate" to middle school--a very big deal--, final exams, sign my yearbook, tears, and joy.
For teachers, summertime can be a time of relaxation, gardening, swimming, sleeping late, and forgetting what day of the week it is. However, for teachers, summertime is also the time for doing many professional activities that help them to improve and to advance in their field.
Teachers take classes to increase their knowledge of teaching strategies and to learn more about the teaching of their subject. Teachers also take classes to work toward future degrees and certifications. Teachers may take part in curriculum work during the summer with their school district. This may include writing assessments, creating activities, aligning new resources to the current curriculum, and moving electronic resources to district websites for teachers to access.
Aside from these formal, professional activities, teachers also use summertime to think about and to plan for the next school year. They look at new resources; they may plan the first one or two units of study. They read blogs and books and journals to gain ideas for the next year.
Teachers are busy during the summer. They relax, but they are always thinking about their students and thinking about making their lessons interesting.