Mid July is when I begin to feel rested from the previous, just finished school year. I begin to hear the little voice in my head tell me that it is now time to start planning for the next school year. So, this summer I decide to dig in to stuff by Alice Keeler (go slow!) and Matt Miller (ditch that homework!), as well as getting more familiar with Genius Hour. I have all of this time to read and view all of this free (and not free) PD, though admittedly, just like last summer and the summers before, I quickly become overwhelmed by all of the things I want to try in my classroom. Trying one thing at a time is necessary but proves to be difficult for me. Change is slow and hard, but the payoff for students is immense.
One of my goals this year is to connect more with other educators and to reflect on the new, meaningful, fun things we try this year in class, hence my first teacher blog. Feels a little scary and beyond my comfort zone to begin a publicly shared blog (I guess a non-publicly shared blog is just a diary), but I am also excited for the challenge and connection to other teachers that it will provide. Collaboration makes our teaching better and our students stronger. I look forward to connecting with you!