If you’re an honest teacher you will have to agree with this: serious teachers who love their profession – do not, and I mean, DO NOT, wait until summer is almost over to start planning ahead, right? They start now when school is ending. I know it sounds crazy, but it’s true.
I was at a dinner party last night and a colleague’s husband stated, quite emphatically, "All you teachers make me sick! You have the whole summer off to veg out!" WHAT? [Cue Firestorm] You should have seen the looks from the other teachers. HAH! Nothing can be farther from the truth! Real teachers – THINK, SLEEP, and WAKE with one thing on their minds — How can I do a better job next year? It’s certainly not the only thing on their minds at this stage – but it’s one of them. That said, my training session today got me raring to go for my Summer Tech for Teachers!
And I’m not even sure I ever shared this, but part of my job is training teachers how to integrate digital resources into curriculum. Sounds boring? It’s really not. Teachers rarely have the opportunity to work one-on-one, interrupted on lesson planning.
So today I had a blast working with an English teacher at my school – she teaches grades 8 and 12 and her goal is to revitalize her curriculum with online activities. Hence, our hour was filled with belly laughing and high fives. Her upcoming September school year (and those to come) will never be the same again – I am happy to report.
Here’s a sampling of her updated curriculum for the fall. Students, get ready to have some fun learning!
Grammar Girl – YouTube – Interview
Contact Grammar Girl – she thought it would be great to have the students contact Grammar Girl with their own questions.
Subordinate Clauses tend to be dry in a regularly lesson, so hopefully these activities will liven it up.
Writing prompts – always a plus
Imedia Source if your school does not subscribe to educational online videos, they should