How to Enjoy Summer Professional Development at Home
Summers are for relaxing, rejuvenating, and spending time with family and friends. They're also a fantastic time to grow and expand your knowledge. Some districts offer professional development during the summer. This can sometimes be great but other times we just don't want to commit to that much time or have to adhere to a schedule. Taking online courses & trainings and reading blogs & books can be a terrific alternative and/or supplement! They can provide a fount of information and the best part is they can fit into your timetable. Take a look outside of the world of education, too! There are so many incredible resources out there that aren't written or created with the teacher in mind but are chocked full of valuable information that can make you rethink what you're doing in your classroom to make you an even better teacher!
Here are a few resources that we will be using to grow this summer:
Apple has created two invaluable trainings for teachers with Apple devices in their classrooms.
According to Apple's site "as an educator, you can build skills on iPad and Mac that directly apply to activities with your students, earn recognition for the new things you learn, and be rewarded for the great work you do every day."
One focusing on using iPads in the classroom while the other focuses on using Mac. You can take one or both! At the end of each, you will come away with an official Apple Teacher logo!
Google has created an impressive four-level certification program for teachers. Spend time growing your skills working with the various Google Apps, then get certified to be recognized for all of your hard work! According to their website, Google offers "two educator certifications so that you can show mastery at the level that's right for you.... (and two) certifications for those individuals who support educator training and development."
Read our blog! 🙂 If you missed the other posts in our Spring Back to School blog series, make sure you go back and check them out. They're full of tips and tricks to help you prepare to go back to school in the fall before you leave for summer break! Also, to kick off this summer, we will be publishing a series all about how to become a teacherpreneur yourself! Make sure you check it out because we will be dishing out all of the juicy secrets that we have learned along the way!
If the title isn't enough to get you interested, then the content certainly will! F You Very Much by Danny Wallace looks into the growing epidemic of rudeness - why people are rude, how rudeness can be contagious, and how we can help fight back! This hilarious book is full of interesting facts and studies that make this read will feel a lot more like reading for pleasure than reading for work. We guarantee it!
We all know that timing can be absolutely crucial when it comes to so many things like telling jokes to merging into traffic but did you ever stop to think about just how important timing can be for things like doctors appointments, giving bad news, and taking standardized tests? When: The Science of Timing by Daniel H. Pink dishes out all of the important details that you need to know about timing and will help you use timing to your advantage in your classroom!
Are you stressed? Are teaching and, well, your life becoming more and more complicated? Does it feel like all of the joy is being sucked right out of it? Then, The Book of Joy, co-written by the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Carlton Abrams, is the book for you! According to the book, it is an invitation to listen in as they "explore the nature of true joy and confront each of the obstacles of joy - from fear, stress, and anger to grief, illness, and death. They, then, offer us the Eight Pillars of Joy, which provide the foundation for lasting happiness. Throughout, they include stories, wisdom, and science. Finally, they share their daily Joy Practices that anchor their own emotional and spiritual lives."
Technology is changing how we live each and every day. The jobs that school prepared students for in the past are no longer around. It is imperative that we are preparing our students for the world of the future. According to Joseph E. Aoun, the author of Robot-Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, students of today need to be taught to develop a "creative mindset and the mental elasticity to invent, discover, or create something valuable to society - a scientific proof, a hip-hop recording, a webcomic, a cure for cancer." He emphasizes how important it is to teach our students how to cope with change because it is the only certainty. Regardless of what age students you are teaching, this book will help you to prepare your students for the future!
Unlimited Memory: How to Use Advanced Learning Strategies to Learn Faster, Remember More and be More Productive
Have you noticed that as technology gets faster and faster, the expectation seems to be that we can teach and our students can learn concepts at an ever faster rate? Unlimited Memory: How to Use Advanced Learning Strategies to Learn Faster, Remember, More and be More Productive by Kevin Horsley will help you learn how to master your attention and improve your memory and, in turn, help your students master their attention and improve their memories.
As teachers, we know how just important our students' motivation truly is. It can sometimes be challenging to help our students find motivation. According to the book, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink, Drive dives deep into the scientific research on human motivation and "examines the three elements of true motivation - autonomy, mastery, and purpose - and offers smart and surprising techniques for putting these into action."
So, make a list of a few of the courses/blogs/books that you want to check out this summer. Just make sure you don't overload yourself - remember this is your well-earned break! You deserve it! Happy Summer!