1. I want to do a lot A LOT summer reading of kid books. My friends read more than a lot, and I haven't been keeping up with their books so well. This should give me some book related posts.
2. I applied to teach summer school this year. Over my 15 years teaching, I've probably taught summer school eleven out of the fifteen years. I like it because it runs in the morning, so I am done by 12:00. The school is also about five minutes from my house, so it's an easy gig in those respects. Experience tells me summer school will provide plenty of topics!
3. Okay. . . stumped! I usually do some revision of my curriculum over the summers, but I am so done for this year. I don't even want to think about curriculum over the summer! Having said that, there are two professional books on my shelf that I just haven't gotten to, so I might tackle those over the summer.
I'll have to see how it goes. I always have a slight panic that I won't have a topic to post about, but something always pops up. :-) I just know I want to enjoy my summer this year more than ever!
How funny is that? I really am planning to do a lot of "what I think I do" with a good deal of "what I really do" thrown in! I honestly believe that summer vacation for teachers isn't a perk but a psychological necessity!
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Does your classroom get a lot of sun? I have to say that my classroom does. I'm on the second floor of the school. If you look out my window, there is a really pretty courtyard below, but when you look across you have a clear view to a pretty area of woods. I have a really nice view. However, in the afternoon my classroom is flooded with sunlight. In the winter it's really nice, but in the summer it makes for a very hot room.
One thing I haven't really paid attention to is how much it fades the posters in my room. I think I don't notice it much because all my bulletin boards are covered in Fadless bulletin board paper.
many different patterns if you are looking for more variety. The only other time I switched it out was to use newspaper to cover a current events bulletin board.
Anyway, this is the job chart that hangs in my classroom.
I made this after looking at prepackaged job charts. I wanted something smaller and something I could customize to the jobs in my classroom. Here's a closer look.
Anyway, I really bring up my job chart to say that is how I noticed how the sun has been fading my posters. Here is glimpse of the back of the job chart.
See that bright blue? That's what color the chart was in front, too. Not any more! I need to redo my job chart. I'm thinking I might use the Fadeless paper this time. It will be sort of flimsy as the Fadless isn't as thick as the constructin paper, but I think the laminating will help it hold up.
By the way, see the big X next to the job of Plants? That job is to water the plants once a week. The X? Yeah, we killed them this year. I hadn't really paid much attention to them until one day I noticed all our plants, with the exception of one, were dead. Seems I had two forgetful friends take that job two months in a row. Not good for the plants. I told them it was surely a good thing we didn't have a class pet!
See you next post!